Support the Sultana Education Foundation

As a nonprofit organization, the Sultana Education Foundation (SEF) relies on contributions from the communities it serves to fulfill its mission. More than 85% of students served by the Foundation attend Maryland Public Schools. Approximately half of these schools receive Title I designation from the Maryland State Department of Education, indicating they have high rates of poverty among the student body. Thanks to generous support from private individuals, SEF: is able to provide tuition support to 80% of the 12,000 students it serves each year. Below are just a few ways you can support SEF:



The best way you can support the Sultana Education Foundation is by becoming a member. 100% of membership contributions are used to provide tuition support to public schools participating in SEF programs. Members receive a variety of benefits, including a 20% discount on merchandise and most public programs, regular updates, and invitations to members-only programs and events. Memberships begin at $50 per year.


The Sultana Education Foundation’s (SEF) Annual Fund supports almost every aspect of the Foundation’s operations, including educational programs, curriculum development, maintenance of the schooner SULTANA, and the development of new strategic initiatives. The flexible nature of Annual Fund gifts is critical in ensuring that SEF has ability to continue growing and improving. Annual Fund gifts of any amount are appreciated.

Captain’s Table is a special membership program for individuals and couples who make an annual contribution to the Sultana Education Foundation (SEF) of $1,000 or more. SEF’s 200+ Captain’s Table members are central to the Foundation’s success and development. Captain’s Table members receive a variety of benefits including unlimited free Sultana Sails and Kayak Paddles (limited to two per trip), a 15% discount on summer programs and adult travel, and several special Captain’s Table events.

Support the Sultana Education Foundation's award winning educational school programs by becoming an Event Sponsor! Sponsorships help SEF provide its programs on a need-blind basis, while supporting events cherished by the community. Sponsorship is available for the following events:

Sponsorship opportunities start at $500 and are available to businesses and individuals

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A Planned Gift to the Sultana Education Foundation (SEF) is a great way to support the Foundation though a gift that will benefit SEF in perpetuity. Prudently invested in one of SEF’s three endowment funds, Planned Gifts spin off approximately 5% of their principal each year, helping Sultana meet its annual operating expenses for programs, staff, and facilities. A planned gift to SEF can have the added benefit of reducing your tax burden, adding to your current income, and even growing the ultimate size of your estate. Follow the link below for additional Planned Giving information or contact Madison Beres at

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