Fundraising

Tips, tools and inspiration for empowering students to raise funds for studying abroad.


Fundraising can be an overwhelming endeavor to think about - but it doesn't have to be! AFS works with you to grease the wheels on the fundraising process and empower you to take your future into your own hands. Through raising the funds to go abroad, your journey of developing maturity and self-reliance starts well before you board your plane.

Scholarships Guide

Fundraising Guide

Learn the basics steps of fundraising from the brainstorming stage all the way to your departure day.

Sponsor an AFSer

Sponsor an AFSer

Set up an easy-to-use, free, online tool so friends and family can give you funds to support your journey. 

Ask an AFSer on Facebook

Ask an AFSer

Get tips and tricks from past AFSers - some of whom have raised up to 100% of the fund needed to study abroad!

Montanna Owens While fundraising, obstacles will occur that will challenge your determination. Do not lose sight of your dreams due to these challenges! I knew my dream to be an exchange student would be hard to obtain, but I did it with determination and hard work. In order for you to be successful, you must be eager to smile until your face hurts, explain in detail what you are fundraising for, and why. It is extremely possible! - Montanna, AR

Three Essential Steps to Fundraising

Decide why becoming an exchange student is a worthy investment.
Fundraising requires the ability to effectively convince someone that you are a worthwhile investment. Not every potential donor will be aware of AFS-USA and the importance of foreign exchange, so it is important that you are prepared to answer questions about AFS-USA promptly and thoroughly.

Budget your AFS Experience.
Creating a budget will help you prepare for the trip-related expenses you will need to cover for your program. While the tuition is the largest expense, there are others to consider. It’s best to prepare for these expenses in your fundraising rather than be surprised by them later.

Create your Fundraising Strategy.
Successful fundraising is the product of a comprehensive, detailed strategy. It is important not only to figure out whom you should be asking for money but also to detail what resources and skills are available for you to use in your fundraising, how you should be approaching potential donors, and how you will handle the money that you raise.