Crowdfund Your Trip

Fundraise for an expedition for yourself or a loved one. 

We want to make sure that you get the chance to experience life in the field for yourself, or gift an unforgettable experience to someone you care about, which is why we provide our own crowdfunding tool to help you gather the funds you need to go into the field.


Getting started is easy, simply log in to your MyEarthwatch portal and navigate to the "Fundraise" tab. Click the button to “Create a New Expedition Fund” and fill out all of the fields that appear. Kick things off and demonstrate your commitment to join us in the field by making the first donation (minimum of $25). Then, circulate your own unique Expedition Fund link to your network.

We advise starting as far out from your trip as possible so you have plenty of birthdays, holidays, and other special events to ask friends and family to help contribute and gift you the life-changing experience of an Earthwatch expedition.


Create an Expedition Fund


Expedition Fund Terms and Conditions for Fundraisers and Donors 

All donations made to an Expedition Fund are non-refundable. From the time a donation is made, fundraisers have three years after December 31 of the current year to apply those funds to an Earthwatch Expedition. After that, the funds become a general donation to Earthwatch.

Starting an Expedition Fund for a specific expedition does not guarantee that you will have a space on that team. In order to guarantee your space on an expedition, you need to sign up for the specific team you want with a deposit. Please be aware that due to the unpredictable nature of field research, expeditions may be canceled or retired without prior notice, and this will not constitute a refund of donations from the Expedition Fund.

Expedition Fund donations can only be used for Earthwatch Expeditions and cannot be used for transportation costs or other Earthwatch products, services, or events.

Earthwatch Expedition Fund totals online reflect only donations made online. It does not include donations made by mail or phone or refunds or credits to expeditions that may have been added to Expedition Funds by Earthwatch.

Please Note: We ask volunteers to start new Expedition Funds for each trip rather than add to a former one so that your latest addition will have its own (later) expiration date.

If you have any questions about Earthwatch Expedition Funds, don't hesitate to contact us!



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Earthwatch depends on donations—above and beyond what we raise from volunteers who participate on our expeditions—in order to deliver our global conservation mission. In fact, volunteer contributions provide only half of the total resources Earthwatch needs to sustain over 40 field research expeditions, a wide variety of educational programs, corporate sustainability trainings, and more each year.