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Annual Fundraising Series

2022-2023 Fundraising Series Launched

While tuition covers many of the fees associated with providing an ISI education, it is philanthropic support that provides the additional resources necessary to enhance our facilities, ensure our programs remain accessible to a diverse group of students, recruit and provide professional development opportunities for faculty from around the world, generate annual operating revenue — and consequently offer our students a world-class education that no other school in Indiana can provide. An annual gift to ISI is an investment in our students, our faculty, our facilities, and our potential.

Our Annual Fundraising Series events are designed to offer a wide array of options for ISI families and supporters to participate in annual fundraising - and to spend time together as a community. 

There are many ways to get involved - from purchasing tickets to sponsoring events. For more information on how to get involved, or to view our full Multi-Event Sponsorship Guide, click here.

We hope to see you at an upcoming event! 


ISI Virtual Trivia Night

Friday, November 4, 2022
In collaboration with Indianapolis favorite Hambone's Trivia, ISI families and alumni all over the world test their knowledge with ISI Virtual Trivia Night. Participants can join individually or form their own teams. Teams can join the virtual game from any location, a backyard with friends, a room at the school, or a virtual room with participants from anywhere in the world. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships benefit the ISI Annual Fund.

ISI Night at the Zoo

Thursday, December 8, 2022
Launched in 2020, ISI Night at the Zoo has become a popular community event for ISI. Annually, 250 people including ISI students, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in this social event. On this select night, families are able to avoid entry lines and join ISI community members for hot cocoa and coffee, socializing, and a special night enjoying the annual light display. Participants receive special souvenirs. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships benefit the ISI Annual Fund.

International Gala

Saturday, March 11, 2023
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis 
The International Gala (formerly the Travel Auction) is a longstanding ISI tradition and the school's signature fundraising event, engaging ISI families, community partners, and businesses in supporting the institution. The Gala typically brings together over 350 guests, including current ISI families, alumni families, friends, and supporters. This is a formal social event, where guests dress up, enjoy dinner and spirits, a silent auction, a live auction, DJ, and dancing. Most importantly, the evening highlights what philanthropy makes possible at ISI, and it generates more than $175,000 for the ISI Annual Fund.


Friday, May 26, 2023
Originally launched in 2021 as a student fundraiser to support the ONE ISI Campaign, Slide-A-Thon has become an annual student fundraiser to benefit the ISI Annual Fund. Students solicit support from their families and friends. Gifts are made in honor of student sliding efforts. In 2022, 500 students age 3 through grade 12 completed 4,122 slides in 4 hours, received more than 290 gifts from around the world, and raised more than $18,750.

This important event demonstrates that no matter one's age or how much money one contributes, by working in collaboration with other people, each of us can make a difference for a cause we care about. Gaining an early understanding of the impact of their philanthropic giving to ISI is important to creating a culture of philanthropy for this maturing institution.

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