Sponsor an AFSer FAQs

Why is there a limit to how much I can raise?

It's best to start fundraising with realistic goals, and we know that potential contributors may be more encouraged to provide financial support if your goal is attainable. This is why we start you with a fundraising goal of $3,000 (or $1,500 for Global Prep programs). If you get within $500 of your goal, we will work with you to determine a new fundraising goal.

Can anyone participate? Do I have to demonstrate financial need?

Any student who has started an application to study abroad with AFS-USA may participate, regardless of financial need. The only exception is if a student is receiving full funding through an AFS scholarship program (i.e. Speedwell Study Abroad Scholarship or BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Scholarship), since contributions made through the Sponsor an AFSer program are applied directly to your AFS program fee.

Are contributions made through my Sponsor an AFSer widget tax-deductible?

No. U.S. tax codes reward donations to nonprofit organizations, but not to specific individuals.

What if someone wants to make a tax-deductible donation to AFS-USA?

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the AFS-USA National Scholarship Fund by clicking here.

How does someone make a contribution?

All you need is a valid credit or debit card. To apply the contribution, click the Donate Now button on the student’s widget (found on a participating student's blog). Fill out the form asking for your contact and credit card information. The student you support will be notified via email of your contribution.

Do contributions made on through the Sponsor an AFSer program get applied directly to my program fee?

Yes. Contributions are applied directly to a student's program fee. However, contributions cannot be used to cover the $75 application fee or the $500 program deposit.

Can contributions received through this program be applied to the $500 program deposit?

No. Contributions cannot be applied to the $500 program deposit.

What happens to contributions if I withdraw from my AFS program?

The money contributed will be refunded directly to each contributor. For this reason, we don't recommend using the Sponsor an AFSer widget to receive contributions that would otherwise have been given to the participant (i.e. money given as a birthday or graduation gifts, or for services provided, such as babysitting, bake sales, etc.).

Can the general public access my blog?

Yes. As long as you enable your blog to be viewable to others, the general public could see it. Because students are encouraged to ask their family members and friends for support, it's important for your blog to be accessable to others. Students should connect with local AFS volunteers and get help spreading the word in their local community.

Doesn't AFS-USA already offer need-based awards?

Yes, but our scholarship funds cannot meet all the demonstrated need of all students. This fundraising tool is another way for a student to raise money for his or her own program.

Where can I find other fundraising resources?

Check out the Top Fundraising Ideas used by AFS Returnees or talk to a study abroad specialist or volunteer. Give us a call at 1-800-AFS-INFO.

How do I know who contributes to me?

Each time someone contributes money through your widget, you will be notified via email. This email will include the name and contact information of the contributor, as well as any message the individual left when making the contribution.

Can my widget receive international contributions?

No. Unfortunately, Sponsor an AFSer widgets cannot receive contributions from international sources at this time. Only contributions from individuals within the United States can be accepted through your widget.

How long will my widget stay active?

Your Sponsor an AFSer widget will expire approximately two months before you depart on your program or when the balance on your AFS account has been paid in full. For example: if the date range given for your program departure is Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, your widget would expire on June 30.

Have a question that is not on this list? Want to know more? If so, please contact scholarships@afsusa.org.