Wayfinding Academy's Help us Grow

$54,302 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 156 people in 8 months
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Created June 17, 2018
Now more than ever, students see college is not one-size-fits-all. The cost is too high while the experience too depersonalized. The traditional model isn’t working, and enrollment at traditional schools is falling. We need more options.

Three years ago, Wayfinding Academy, a two-year non-profit college in Portland, Oregon, reached out to the community to start a new kind of college.  Over 700 of you agreed and donated $206,000, breaking statewide crowdfunding records. 

Now we are looking again for your support with Wayfinding Academy’s next stage of growth. We want to:
1. more than double the size of our student body,
2. launch a second program,
3. continue to build more classroom space,
4. open a second Wayfinding Academy campus.

Too often the focus is on the wrong questions. Students shouldn’t be asking what college to pick, but what life to pick. At Wayfinding students use their passions to craft an experience, one they love.

Take Annie, a student in our first cohort who finished two internships, one with ADX’s Makerspace and another with a general contractor:

“The difference between a traditional college and Wayfinding Academy is that Wayfinding Academy is truly a learning COMMUNITY, a community that stretches far beyond the staff and the students who are physically at the school daily.  During my time at Wayfinding, I have felt like I could reach out to and count on this network to support me in the pursuit of my passions, and I have seen it mobilize all of its resources to help me find connections to people and opportunities that I would never have encountered otherwise." -- Annie

Before coming to Wayfinding, Annie completed a bachelor’s degree. After years in the workforce, she wanted a more fulfilling career. Now Annie is designing a career of her own as a maker and builder of stage backdrops for live events. 

The increasing cost of tuition is a barrier that limits access, especially to lower and middle-class families and people of color. Knowledge is a right, not a privilege. It's an investment we should share, not a debt that students should face alone.

Your support allows us to give a year of education at a significantly reduced cost for our students. Over 25% of our students receive need-based scholarships. The low cost to students and their families lets us continue to diversify our student body and give them the backing they need to succeed.

One scholarship we offer is the Larson Legacy scholarship. It supports individuals from financially disadvantaged backgrounds passionate about social change. Hannah has received it both years at Wayfinding:

"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Lee Larson for the Larson Legacy scholarship. This support has been such a blessing and has empowered me to follow my curiosity, ask big questions of myself and the world, and engage with people and topics very near and dear to my heart." -- Hannah

The funds for this scholarship came from a donation made during our first crowdfunding campaign three years ago.

Wayfinding will graduate its first cohort of students this summer. As we celebrate their success, we are preparing for our next stage of growth. We want to double our student body size, expand our current curriculum, and impact twice as many lives.

Austin, a Cohort 1 student, graduating this July, says,  “From the start, I was surrounded by a core crew of individuals who believed in Wayfinding's mission and actively lived out their values.  Being a part of a community of people genuinely trying to live life on purpose has allowed me to own my interests and passions and dreams and pursue them at Wayfinding and throughout my life.”

Our goal is to raise $60,000 to continue our legacy of revolutionizing the higher education experience. This is no easy feat, so we’re asking you to support us in this community funded campaign. Donations from this campaign will go directly to creating more programs and classroom space for our growing student body. It will provide the support necessary to create personalized educational experiences at a low cost.

We’re transforming the educational experience because it’s necessary. You will be investing in our future because when we each live a life on purpose, we all thrive.

It’s not impossible to create a handcrafted education on a budget. But we need you, our community, to help us make it happen.

To a life on purpose,
The Wayfinding Team

- Share this campaign! Share it with people you know who care about re-imagining higher education and finding a better way. Here's the link: www.WayfindingAcademy.org
- We are on Facebook and Twitter  (and Instagram and LinkedIn and all those cool places). Find us there. Follow us. Like us. Invite your friends to do it too.
- Continue to receive updates as we grow. Sign up for our email list, and we will send you those updates right to your inbox. Invite your friends to do the same. 

When you contribute to Wayfinding Academy, you become part of the higher education revolution! We inspire individuals to take agency over their lives. The education system can disenfranchise and alienate folks. Here is the chance to give support to a movement focused on living a life on purpose.

Is my contribution to the Wayfinding Academy tax deductible?
Yes! We are an IRS-approved tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. When you donate to our campaign, you will receive a receipt for your tax-exempt donation amount (your contribution minus the value of the perks you have chosen).  

What is the best way to contact you for a media request?
All media requests can be sent by email to hello@wayfindingacademy.org You can see our past media coverage by clicking here.

How will I get my perks? What if I don't want to receive any perks?
We will send a survey at the close of the campaign to ask you for specifics like your t-shirt size. You may also opt not to receive any perks and donate.

*All perk levels get your name added to our supporter wall.
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Good afternoon GoFundMe Backers,

We're in our last hours of this campaign! Literally, since we're closing donations at 8pm tonight. Currently, we're just short $6,000 short of our goal. But thanks to you we raised over $54,000. Everyone at Wayfinding Academy is extremely grateful for your participation as we move toward the "growing up" stage. In a month's time, we'll be welcoming Cohort 3 and expanding in so many other ways. You will be added to our newsletter where you can follow along as we continue on this journey of revolutionizing higher education. You are welcome to opt out at any time.

Here are some other ways to stay connected:
Website: www.WayfindingAcademy.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WayfindingAcademy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wayfinding_academy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WayfindingAcad

Thank you so much for investing in higher education. We're lucky to have each and every one of you as part of this community.

And again keep sharing and spreading the word. Donations will close at 8 pm.
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Today, we reached a milestone and now we're more than halfway to our goal (62% to be exact).

To help us keep the momentum going and reach our continue to spread the word!

Let them know our goal is to raise $60,000 to continue our legacy of revolutionizing the higher education experience. Donations from this campaign will go directly to creating more programs and classroom space for our growing student body. It will provide the support necessary to create personalized educational experiences at a low cost.
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As of today we're now more than one third of our way to our goal.

Over 80 of you have answered the call to get us to this next stage of growth. It's exciting!

Since a lot of folks are interested in the simple life our GoFundMe campaign only has 1 out of the 6 Tiny Home Stay perks at the $500 level left. So went back to the drawing board to see if we could offer a similar level. Introducing our Meet A Guide at the $499 level.

You'll meet with a Wayfinding Guide and experience two one-on-one conversation that explores your interests and how to best pursue it. This is a real snippet of the guidance our students receive weekly.
nstead, each of our students has their own personal Guide to help them navigate the Wayfinding program, get the most out of their 2 years with us, and get ready for their next steps.

Thank you for your support!
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We're raised $16,373 in a little over a week. All we can say is THANK YOU. The outpour of support has been so incredible. We're Let's keep this momentum going and get to $20,000 by Saturday.
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$54,302 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 156 people in 8 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
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Created June 17, 2018
Thank You!
Thanks for supporting Wayfinding Academy! Your gift helps us continue creating a different kind of college. We'll add your name to our supporter wall!
Water Bottle
Stay hydrated while you show off your support with a Wayfinding water bottle. We'll also include perks at the $10 level.
Custom T-Shirt
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Join us with a gift of $60 and receive a limited edition Wayfinding t-shirt. Plus, your name on our supporter wall!
Learn With Us
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Get access to Wayfinder Curriculum. A self-directed exploration to develop self-knowledge with questions like: "What do I want?" and "What is the first step?”
#1 Fan Package
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Show everyone you're our #1 Fan. This perk features a tote bag, small poster featuring student artwork, t-shirt, sticker.
TEDx Experience
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This perk includes a ticket to attend TEDxMtHood in October 2018 and a swag bag filled with TEDx gear. You’ll also get perks at the $60 level.
Guide Sessions
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Two in-depth conversations with a Wayfinding Guide. You'll get 1-on-1 support with professional and personal goals. You'll also receive perks at the $110 level.
Tiny House Stay
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Want a unique vacation opportunity? Grab this perk and enjoy a 2-night stay in a tiny house in Portland! Also all the perks at the $120 level.
Travel Hacking
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Let us help you travel. You'll get a travel hacking session with tips + resources to make your desired travel close to FREE. You'll get perks at the $120 level.
Light The Way
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At this level you'll get an exclusive, engraved Wayfinding Academy lantern only given to our highest contributing donors. We'll also include all the $120 perks.
Let's Feast
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We'll host a dinner party for you and 10 of your guests. Enjoy a 5-course meal and roundtable discussion about higher education. Receive perks at $1000 level.
Explore With Us
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Join us for an upcoming Learn & Explore trip! Reserve a spot for you or a friend to the Camino de Santiago or another trip. Also perks at the $1000 level.
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Your donation will help a student attend the Wayfinding Academy. Donors will have a scholarship fund named in their honor. And get the $1000 level perks.
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