Phase 0 (complete)

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

June 2016 — Nov 2016 | Cost: $15,000

Initial team in place, board created, business plan written, promotional video shot & edited, website built, logo designed, market research conducted, early investors identified, funding for phase 1 secured


Phase 1 (complete)

SETTING UP CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Dec 2016 — May 2018 | Cost: $15,000

Office set up, case statement created, company incorporated, tax-exempt nonprofit status approved by the state, program curriculum started, supplier sourcing, vessel plans discussed with USCG, social media presence established, newsletter established, university partnerships initiated


Phase 2 (underway)

“BUILD THE SHIP” CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

June 2018 — Dec 2020 | Cost: $470,000

Supplier sourcing, plans approved by USCG, shipyard chosen, contracts written, program curriculum completed, corporate sponsorship outreach, board expanded, permanent staff positions created, fundraising events


Phase 3

SHIP CONSTRUCTION & ENDOWMENT CAMPAIGN

Jan 2021 — June 2023 | Cost: $4,500,000  

Ship's hull constructed, sea trials conducted, ship delivered to Vineyard Haven, sails built, ship rigged, USCG Certificate of Inspection issued, funding for endowment raised


Phase 4

PROGRAM OPERATION

Begins Sept 2023 | Income: $25,000/student/semester

14 weeks spent sailing and exploring numerous countries, university courses offered aboard, assistance with maritime certifications and licensing provided, annual operating budget met through student tuition


Have a question? Email FUEL's president

Giving Opportunities


admirals

$1,000,000 & UP

Naming opportunities: In addition to the ‘Captain,’ ‘Afterguard,’ and ‘Mate’ opportunities listed below, a gift at this level secures the naming of one of our ship’s two tenders. These are ship’s boats that will be carried aboard and be used to transport people and cargo to and from the ship.


Captains

$500,000 – $999,999

Naming opportunities: In addition to the ‘Afterguard’ and ‘Mate’ opportunity listed below, each gift of $500,000 or higher secures the naming of one of the following primary areas of the ship: fo’c’sle (crew’s quarters), galley (kitchen), workshop, engine room, pilot house, roundhouse, and captain’s stateroom.


Afterguard

$250,000 – $499,999

Naming opportunities: Each gift of $250,000 or higher secures the naming of one of the ship's 12 staterooms.


mates

$100,000 – $249,999

Naming opportunities: Each gift of $100,000 or higher secures the naming of one of the ship’s ten spars. The spars are mainmast, foremast, main topmast, fore topmast, bowsprit, main boom, main gaff, lower yard, topsail yard, gan’sl yard.


bosuns

$20,000 – $99,999

John & Melissa McDonald, Jill & Steve Wadley


able seaman

$5,000 – $19,999

Anonymous, Anonymous, The Aubrey Family, Beacon Hill Capital, C. Heidi Drew, The Colin Whyte Family, Elizabeth Harris, Jerry Goodale & Simmy Denhart, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation


Crew

$1,000 – $4,999

Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Andrew & Peyton Berry, Black Dog Salvage, Bob & Wendy Beasley, Brockton Animal Hospital, Casey Blum, Eileen & Jeff McAleney, Ian Ridgeway, John & Helle Wolff, Peter & Gwen Norton, Sperry Sails


THE ABOVE NAMING OPPORTUNITIES EXIST ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS

Have a question? Email FUEL's president

Ways You Can Help

 
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fundraise 

Run your own campaign through Facebook.com to raise a portion of our goal. You set a target, we give you the tools and coach you on outreach.

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join the team

We are interested in growing our team and could use help with navigating the waters ahead. Please contact us.

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Give now

100% of your gift will help transform young lives by going directly toward the construction of our ship and .