Each Student, Classroom, Day, Year
Each year the GryFUND is a top priority for the International School because it directly supports the School’s greatest assets — our students and our teachers. The GryFUND is an annual campaign, which provides critical support to enrich learning and to prepare our students for a complex world.
The GryFUND provides the resources necessary to:
- Attract superior faculty and staff and support them through professional development
- Offer financial aid through scholarships that foster community
- Increase the School’s ability to maintain a strong Arts experience
- Maintain a competitive Athletic program
- Provide additional education programming that complements the School’s core curriculum
GryFUND Frequently Asked Questions
The GryFUND offers a tax-deductible opportunity to augment tuition revenue that supports the school’s operating budget. The GryFUND Drive begins in September and runs through December 31. It allows the International School community — parents, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, grandparents, and friends of all financial circumstances — the ability to support the life of the school. This is standard operating procedure for most independent schools throughout the country and is becoming more valuable as we continue to face challenging economic times and rising expenses. Tuition alone does not pay for your child’s education. The average cost to educate each student at the International School for 2016-2017 was nearly $3,500 greater than our average tuition. The GryFUND exists to close part of this gap, with the remainder being made up by other fundraising activities.
Gifts to the GryFUND are used to support a variety of areas of campus need. Currently, the International School allocates all GryFUND contributions to the following areas:
Arts, Drama and Athletics
Each year the Board of Directors, in consultation with the School’s administration, determine where GryFUND gifts will have the greatest impact.
In September, each Family, Alumnus, and “Friend” will receive a letter asking them to participate to the GryFUND. The letter describes in detail how your gift will impact the operating budget. Shortly afterward, volunteers make follow-up phone calls and personal meetings to those who have not donated to the GryFUND to answer questions and encourage participation.
Strong participation signals commitment to the School’s mission and school pride. It shows that more individuals are sharing the financial responsibility to support the School. Participation is scrutinized by foundations and corporations when ISI applies for grants and contributions. Across the nation, independent school families are making it clear that they understand the need to support schools to the best of their ability. Many of the International School’s peer institutions in Indianapolis boast over 80% of the parents participating in their Annual Fund campaigns. Last year, 31% of ISI parents supported the GryFUND. We know we can do better if we all come together to support this effort!
We ask all members of the International School community (parents, alumni, past parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff) to give to the best of their ability and at a level that demonstrates the value placed on an exemplary education.
Supplementing tuition through charitable gifts helps keep tuition competitive and provides many important programs that are essential to our mission. Tuition does not cover the total cost of educating each student at most independent schools. Contributions to the GryFUND make up the difference needed to cover the actual cost of operating the school. It’s also a way for you to receive an income tax deduction, to the extent allowed by law.
An outright cash gift is the most common and efficient way to make a donation to the GryFUND. You can make a one-time gift or by making monthly installments by using a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit cards. The ISI website can process secure transactions for these donations. (Please be aware that by using a credit card to make your donation, the School incurs a fee of 2.75% – 3.00%.) Please contact the Advancement Office at 317.923.1951 ext. 326 for other giving opportunities. All GryFUND gifts to the International School are tax-deductible based on the school’s 501(c)(3) charitable status.
When you make a gift to the International School, you can double or triple its impact by checking with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program. Many companies and foundations match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees.
Everyone in the International School community – Alumni, Past Parents, Grandparents, the Board of Directors, Faculty, Administration, and Friends. If you’d like to pass along more information about the GryFUND to your friends or family we will send an e-mail for you to share with them. We hope you’ll share our request widely with your network.