Philanthropy Overview

The generous support of families and friends has made The International School the center of excellence that it is today. Like most independent schools, TIS depends on the philanthropic support of our community to provide exceptional educational opportunities above and beyond what tuition alone can cover.

Tuition revenue covers most of our day-to-day operational expenses (teacher salaries, utilities, classroom supplies, field trips). Philanthropic contributions keep the school healthy and stable by offsetting some of those costs. Contributions also enable us to fund new programmatic initiatives, make critical campus improvements, and provide our teachers and students with exciting educational opportunities not covered by tuition.

We ask every family to consider making a philanthropic gift in support of our students and teachers in a way that is meaningful for them. We hold three annual giving opportunities: our Global Citizens Annual Fund, an auction gala, and arts run.  Each opportunity is described below in detail. The proceeds from each of these fundraisers directly support our teachers and students in every classroom, every day.

Outside of these annual fundraisers, we also seek gifts that propel our students and school to new heights by supporting visionary projects like major campus enhancements, scholarship endowment funds and special projects. We welcome you to contact us about becoming involved in any of these opportunities.  Contributions to The International School are tax-deductible to the full extent as allowed by law.

The International School is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID number is 94-3126167.

Please feel free to contact our Development Team with any questions – our door is always open!

Lauren Riegelnegg, Development Director:
Lisa Olivares, Alumni & Community Engagement Manager:
Rebecca Roberts, Events Coordinator/Development Asst. :


Global Citizens Annual Fund  September 2019 – December 2019

The Global Citizens Annual Fund is an ongoing fundraising effort that helps our school operate at its best.  The Global Citizens Annual Fund provides crucial resources to supplement our operating budget and directly benefits our students and teachers.  While funds can be restricted to a particular area of support, they are often diverted to the area of greatest need.  We strive for 100% participation from our TIS community to the Global Citizens Annual Fund – no gift is too small!  Gifts made to the Global Citizens Annual Fund are tax-deductible and count towards the 100% participation goal.

Auction Gala  Saturday, February 1, 2020

Our annual auction gala is the school’s largest fundraising event, and a fun social evening!  The gala includes silent and live auctions, a full sit-down dinner and time to socialize with friends.  The auction special appeal – a paddle raise during the live auction portion of the evening – funds specific priorities for the upcoming year as designated by the Head of School.  Past special appeals have funded refurbished classrooms, a campus mural, iPads and Chromebooks, Smart Boards, and professional development opportunities among others.  Gifts made to the special appeal are tax-deductible.

Arts Run  April 15-16, 2020

This fun jog-a-thon encourages students to secure pledges and raise funds for our amazing art and music programs!  Last year, our arts run (formerly Run For the Arts) earned over $23,000 for these classes, helping to fund items such as teacher collaboration conferences, musical instruments, art supplies and more.


  • Endowment Gifts  A gift to the general endowment fund supports TIS’ long-term growth by helping to keep the school financially stable. Special-purpose endowment funds support specific projects and provide student financial aid. Contact Development Director, Lauren Riegelnegg to learn more.
  • Matching Gifts  Many employers match their employee’s charitable gifts to qualified non-profits. This is a wonderful way to maximize your donation to TIS. Check with your company’s human resource department to determine if you have a matching gifts program.
  • Vehicle Donations  The TIS community can donate used cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats, motor homes, and aircraft to benefit our school. Contact Development Director, Lauren Reigelnegg