Cruise for a Cause

Earn fundraising dollars for your non-profit charity, church, or school!

Whoever said that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too..” has never worked with me on a fundraising cruise! 

A fundraising cruise is a fun and unique way to raise money for your 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Participants experience a memorable vacation while contributing to an extremely good cause. The best part…I handle all of the details for you - reservations, answering questions, accepting payments, etc.  Your only contribution is to promote the cruise to your circle of friends, family and donors.

In October 2024 and January 2025, I am looking to partner with organizations whose efforts benefit one of the following:

  • The rehoming or fostering of dogs (preferably Bullmastiffs but any canine breed is fine). 
  • No-kill animal shelters
  • Women battling cancer

 

Why a cruise?
In 2019, the cruise industry welcomed over 29 million passengers aboard a cruise ship. It’s the most affordable vacation for families since cruise fare includes accommodations, most dining options and entertainment.  A cruise to any destination can be a fundraiser. Locations like Jamaica, Bahamas, Cancun, Dominican Republic, are a few places that your group can visit…no passport needed!  Private cocktail parties, conferences, etc. can be arranged for your group as well.

 

How does a cruise fundraiser work?
First, you and I will work to select a cruise to a destination of your choice. I will then design print media and social marketing images for you to share with your friends, family, members, followers, and supporters, which can be done through your regular methods of public relations such as newsletters, emails, or your website.  I will also create a customized website with detailed information and online booking abilities for your group, as well as a custom Facebook page allowing participants to interact directly with me and each other to spread enthusiasm and boost participation. I will handle all of the reservations and booking details for your cruise, leaving you time to focus on marketing.

 

Can any organization host a fundraising cruise?
Absolutely! I am happy to work with any nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) certification that is located in the United States! This includes Civic groups, Associations, YMCA, Big Brother/Big Sister, Boy or Girl Scouts, Humane Society/SPCA, Hobbyists, PTA/Booster Clubs, Scholarship Funds, Chamber of Commerce, Senior Centers, Churches, Hospitals, Foundations, etc. 

 

When will I receive the funds?
The contribution check made out to your nonprofit organization will be mailed to you after the sailing, typically about six weeks. Proof of your 501(c)(3) tax status is required to qualify.

 

Will I will be able to any fundraising while on the cruise?
No.

 

How much will your charge my organization for this?
I do not charge for organizing a fundraising cruise. The only contribution I would ask from your organization is to share and promote the cruise to your circle of friends, family and donors. 

 

When do you receive your funds?
The contribution check made out to your nonprofit organization will be mailed to you after the sailing, typically about six weeks. Proof of a 501(c) or other nonprofit tax status is required to qualify.

 

What will be included in the cruise fare?
Included in the cruise fare will be your accommodations, gratuities, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that do not require payment, beverages such as non bottled water, some juices, coffee & tea. Also included: access to waterparks (if available), pools and hot tubs, casino, entertainment and more.  The following items are NOT included in the cruise fare: Airfare & baggage fees, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, fresh squeezed juice, specialty coffee, any pre or post hotel stays, excursions and any event or activity that requires an additional cost to participate or purchase.

 

I just received my 501(c)(3) certification. Am I still eligible to host a fundraising cruise?
Yes! As long as you have 501(c)(3) and your organization is located in the United States, I will be happy to work with you. 

 

I am interested in hosting a fundraising cruise for my organization. How do I begin?
Fantastic!  Please complete the form below to begin the planning process.  I will be in touch shortly. 🙂 

 

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