edfurther was founded on three critical values–grow, serve, and trust. Trust matters tremendously in all that we do, and edfurther seeks to be worthy of your trust and always be transparent.

Here are a few ways that we protect you as students and investors:

  • Investors: Thank you for believing in our students and investing in them.
    • Credit card safety matters. edfurther accepts payments through PayPal and the Stripe credit card system (which powers organizations like Pinterest and Salesforce). We never receive credit card information.
    • edfurther is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your gift may be tax deductible. Please consult your accountant or tax adviser. If you need a copy of your donation letter, email Chris
    • Once a scholarship campaign is complete, checks are made out to the student’s university and sent to the student.
    • These funds cannot be used elsewhere. If anything changes with a student’s college choice, we will email you information about a refund of your donation. If we don’t hear from you within 30 days, we will automatically initiate the refund.
    • Your information will not be sold or shared with others without your permission.
  • Students: Your individual and private information will never be shared without your permission.
    • Although we appreciate you signing FERPA agreements to allow us to track your college completion, any information shared will be in the aggregate or without identifying information.
    • Your contact information on your application is also private.
    • We believe fees and service charges matter, and edfurther.org will always be transparent about any fees.
    • Unlike other popular crowdfunding sites that take 6-8% of the dollars raised, edfurther only charges the credit card processing fees from the vendors. Current PayPal and Stripe fees are negotiated at 2.2% plus 30 cents per transaction. During the pilot of edfurther (summer 2016), fees will not be passed on to students.

Have additional questions about our systems to keep you and our students safe? Reach out to Chris.