Global Citizen Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will my gift really make a difference?

Yes! Every gift that comes our way – no matter how big or small – makes an impact and counts to our 100% participation rate goal.  Corporations and foundations often look first at a school’s participation from within to decide their level of support when awarding grants. Your gift will also inspire additional donations to TIS!  You can see your contributions at work here on the TIS campus every day.

2. I’ve already paid tuition. Why is it important for me to make an Annual Fund donation too?

The Global Citizen Fund allows us to provide the highest quality education while also managing tuition costs and ensuring that a TIS education is accessible to more families. We encourage every family to participate at a level that is comfortable to them. Unlike tuition, contributions to the Global Citizen Fund are tax-deductible.

3. Do other schools ask for donations in addition to tuition?

Yes, all independent schools host fundraising campaigns and events to ensure critical supplementary funding and keep tuition costs low. Public schools also host many fundraising activities to be able to operate at their best.

4. Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Absolutely. After we receive your donation, you will receive a receipt which you can use for tax purposes. Our tax ID number is 94-3126167.

5. How will I be recognized for my donation?

You will receive a thank you letter for your donation, and your name will appear in our yearly Annual Report published in the fall.  Of course, donors can always elect to remain anonymous.

6. How can I make a contribution to the Global Citizen Fund? 

For your convenience, we provide a number of avenues through which to make your donation:

Check: Write a check out to “The International School” with Annual Fund in the memo line. Bring it to any TIS receptionist or mail it to The International School, 025 SW Sherman Street, Portland,OR 97201.

Credit card: Visit to donate securely online.

Cash: Deliver to any TIS front desk.

Stocks & Vehicle Donations: We will gladly help you facilitate either of these giving options. Please contact Lauren Riegelnegg, TIS Development Director, at for more information.

7. How do I know if my company will provide a matching gift?

You may be able to bring your generosity to new levels with a matching gift from your employer. Contact your company’s Human Resource department to determine if you have a matching gifts program and for additional details. Our development staff can also be of assistance.

Further questions: Contact Lisa Olivares, Alumni and Community Engagement Manager, at or 503-226-2496 x116 -or- Lauren Riegelnegg, Development Director, at or 503-226-2496 x117.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to inspire world citizens!