Design thinking comes to life in the Upper School
For a decade now, the FIS Annual Fund has been the philanthropic voice of FIS. Donations are outside of the operating budget and provide the school with additional funds to invest directly in compassion and innovation initiatives, ensuring an education of the highest standard and a community that is stronger together.
The Fund contributes to unique projects that enrich learning, encourage innovation and support the well-being of our community. All offer meaningful opportunities for growth, reflection and balance across our two campuses. Most importantly, through the Annual Fund, our Tuition Reduction Program (TRP) offers a life-line to members of our parent community who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship, impacting their student’s ability to remain enrolled at school. Need-based scholarships through the TRP not only enable those students to remain at school, but encourage and enrich economic diversity through the admittance of new students who could otherwise not afford a FIS education.
Over the years, our Annual Fund have sponsored, amongst many projects, programs, awards, and presentations.
State-of-the-art scientific and learning technology, specialist athletic, music and performing arts equipment, the annual George Henning Ross Writing Award, competition entry and participation in educational forums, inspirational speakers and support of our service groups. These are in addition to the many grateful families who have benefited from the TRP.
Annual Fund donations are tax-deductible, can be made in Euros and Dollars (through our FIS Foundation USA) via credit card or bank transfer. Every donation, regardless of size, has a positive impact on the lives and learning within our community.
Please join others in making a gift to the Annual Fund to support our students today - and into the future.
Believe. Inspire. Lead.
These three powerful words drive us each day to achieve our mission.
But to accomplish this, FIS must continuously invest in improvements to its curriculum and programs, attract and retain the finest faculty and staff, and support its learning and teaching environments with state-of-the-art technology and modern facilities.
As a non-profit organization, FIS relies primarily on tuition and fees to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the school. Through the generosity of our worldwide community, however, we can accelerate the pace at which we invest in breakthrough innovations and improvements; Annual Fund donations go directly into new programs and initiatives and are not subject to the yearly budget cycles. This means that your gift goes directly to improving the academic and extracurricular programs for our current students and faculty.
What inspires people to give to FIS is highly individual and based on personal circumstances and motivation, but the results are mutual: donations to the Annual Fund improve the learning lives and enhance the future of approximately 1,800 students who are tomorrow’s global citizens.
Consider giving to the Annual Fund to:
- Show appreciation to FIS for its role in shaping your life or the lives of your children
- Give back to others who may need financial aid in the form of our Tuition Reduction Program (TRP) to attend FIS
- Support a specific project or program at the school that inspires you to help make happen
- Leave a legacy for the benefit of your children, grandchildren, and community
- Reduce your tax obligations by making a tax-deductible contribution
- Further a commitment to supporting international education
- Simply experience the joy of giving to others
Whatever it is that motivates you to make a gift, we truly appreciate your generosity and value your engagement and leadership in our community.
Legacy of a Lifetime: A Historic Donation
In 2015, FIS received one of the most generous donations ever made to an international school. The Stroth family, who were among the small group of individuals who helped to establish FIS in 1961, bequeathed approximately €26 million to the school. Over €6 million was directly applied to facility enhancements and program improvements. The remainder was placed in a separate non-profit foundation – the FIS Foundation – with the sole purpose of creating an endowment to support future FIS initiatives through income derived from the invested principle.