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Ways to Give

Building Our Community

The value of an International School of Indiana education reaches far beyond the classroom; that distinction lies in our diverse and culturally rich community. Small, nurturing and dynamic, our family of parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends increases the value of the International School experience each year through its spirit of volunteerism and giving. The countless ways the ISI family gives back its time, creativity and resources sets our school apart.

Together, we fulfill International School of Indiana’s mission to prepare students to be responsible citizens in a rapidly globalizing and interdependent world.

There are many ways to contribute to and be a part of the International School’s community:


ISI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All cash or securities contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor for additional information.

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Or bring your donation to the Development Office, located in the Taurel Building at 4330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN.

Confirmation of your donation will be sent by email.

  • Refund and Cancellation – We appreciate your donation and all donations are considered as final sales.
  • Privacy Policy – Your credit card information is confidential and secure.


Thank you for making your gift to the International School of Indiana today.



What is it?

ISI Operating Fund formerly known as the Annual Fund

ISI GryFund is the International School’s most critical annual Advancement effort. Unrestricted gifts help the school meet expenses that recur each year, such as:

  • Faculty salaries
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • Innovative Learning Programs
  • Global Leadership
  • Financial Aid

Some donations to the GryFund can be given as restricted gifts, meaning a gift is earmarked for a specific department or program. See “Special Interest Giving” for some options.

Special Interest Giving

ISI is a vibrant community composed of many parts, and we treasure the diversity of passions represented within our school family. To ensure that your GryFund gift aligns with your ISI priority, you may elect to support one of the following areas of need—

  • Area of Greatest Need – to keep the lights on and help fund ISI’s highest priorities.
  • AcademiProgrammingng – to support nurturing learning environments, challenging curriculum, exceptional teaching and innovative co-curricular offerings.
  • Sciences (STEM) – to support inquisitive and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programming and curriculum at ISI.
  • Arts – to perpetuate ISI legacy of outstanding achievement in the arts while equipping our teaching talent with the best resources to inspire creativity.
  • Athletics – to cheer on our remarkable athletics program, which encourages personal growth through team-building, healthy physical challenge and wellness education.
  • Faculty Development – to inspire our faculty and staff by facilitating personal and professional growth throughout their careers.
  • Financial Aid – to make ISI accessible to more qualified students through our need-based financial assistance program.
  • Global Citizenship & Service – to create prepared, confident citizens of the world, by providing opportunities for community involvement, an increased global mindset, and engaged citizenship throughout the curriculum.

Gifts of Personal Property (Gifts In-Kind)

ISI accepts personal property which qualifies as a gift. However, there are restrictions.

Gifts of personal property are appreciated and accepted by ISI as long as the property is needed and can be used by the school. The IRS states that a gift must be evaluated first by the school to determine if it “fits the mission” of the school. If it can be used to benefit the school or the education of its students, it will qualify as fitting the mission of ISI. Acceptable gifts are those that can be used or sold by the school with minimal cost or upkeep. If you have a question about what personal property the International School will accept, please contact Sarah Payton, Director of Development, at or call 317-923-1951 ext. 315.

Tax Credit Scholarships

If you live in Indiana and pay taxes, this program is for you. Tax Credit Scholarships, better known as “SGO Scholarships”, are scholarships awarded by a Scholarship Granting Organizations to low- and middle-income families to help them afford the private school of their choice. SGOs were enacted in 2009 by the Indiana State Legislature, and have been expanded each year since their inception.

Donors (individuals or corporations) who have donated to an SGO can then take a 50% tax credit from their individual or corporation Indiana state income taxes. Unlike a tax deduction, where your charitable donation can be removed from your taxable income, a credit can directly reduce your tax liability “off the bottom line”. There are no limits to how much a donor can contribute to a qualified SGO but the entire state tax credit program cannot award more than $12.5 million this year next year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) and $14 million in 2018-19.

The International School of Indiana (ISI) is a qualified SGO with The Institute for Quality Education, Inc. As an SGO organization, ISI is allowed to provide scholarships to children of families who fall below 200% of the Federal free and reduced lunch levels. An SGO Scholarship is not part of the Voucher Program.

Making a donation to the ISI-SGO is a simple process. You will need to direct your donation to “The Institute for Quality Education, Inc.”, not ISI if you want the tax credit. You will also need to complete a Donation Form online to ensure you have submitted the needed information. Below are some giving options:

  • Contact the Office of Advancement, for everything you need at 317-923-1951 ext. 326
  • Contact The Institute for Quality Education, Inc. at (317) 870-2532 they can walk you through the process
  • Visit the website and click on the DONATE button. You can download the Donation Form, print, and send with your donation to The Institute for Quality Education at 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • You can also make an online credit/debit donation at the website.

After your gift is received and deposited, staff at The Institute for Quality Education, Inc. will submit the needed information to the Indiana Department of Revenue (“DOR”). The DOR will then provide us with the credit certificate number for your donation, and the Institute for Quality Education, Inc. will send you the code with your official thank you letter for your tax records. The entire process from donation to letter should be less than two weeks. You may also contact The Institute for Quality Education, Inc. at any time to check on your donation status.

There is a cap or limit on this program. In FY 2017-18, there is a $12.5 million per-fiscal-year cap available for state tax credits. Generally, the cap is reached or exceeded by the end of November each year. If the state cap is reached and you make a contribution to the SGO, you are not eligible for the 50% credit.

There are no limits on the size of your contribution(s). You can reduce or eliminate your state taxes up to the full amount you have paid or will owe the state. If already paid, you can receive a refund up to what you have already paid. Should you be due more credit than you can use, you may rollover the remaining credits for an additional nine years. You or your business could donate $5 or $5,000,000, depending on the remaining tax credits available statewide. Think of the process as a “first donations in, first tax credits awarded” process.

The Kathy Taurel Legacy Fund

Essentially, the Kathy Taurel Legacy Fund is a retirement plan for the International School. Most people give to ISI “out of their pocket” or spendable income. However, most people have as much as 90% of their wealth in their estate and not their pocket.

Planned giving (also called estate giving) is a way to contribute to ISI using estate-planning vehicles. The Kathy Taurel Legacy Fund was established to recognize the generosity of those who have given a planned gift to ISI.

The Kathy Taurel Legacy Fund honors all individuals who support International School of Indiana mission through a bequest in their will, life insurance, retirement plans or other estate gifts. These donors understand the importance of an ISI education, and through their membership in The Kathy Taurel Legacy Fund, they ensure the future of ISI for generations to come.

Estate-planning vehicles are a way to contribute to ISI through:

  • Bequests
  • Insurance Policies
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Lead and Remainder Trusts
  • Gifts of Real Estate

If you have questions, please contact Advancement at 317-923-1951 ext. 326.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities represent a two-fold savings opportunity. Donors avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased values of their stocks. In addition, donors receive a tax deduction for the full market value of the stock on the date of the gift. Contact for assistance in setting up a transfer.

Matching Gifts Programs 

Many companies in the US will match an employee’s giving to the International School. To see if your company matches your gifts, contact your company HR office or use the link below.

Double or triple the value of your gift to the International School and move into the next Annual Fund giving level with a matching gift! Many companies offer programs that match charitable donations made by their employees, directors, employees’ spouses, or retirees. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of the donation, making the employer a partner in the donor’s personal philanthropy.

If your employer has a matching gift program, simply obtain a matching gift form from the human resources office, fill it out, and submit it to Sarah Payton in the ISI Advancement Office with your contribution.

Search below to see if your company has a matching gift program. 

Memorial & Honor Gifts

If you wish to make a memorial or honor a student, please donate this in the ISI Giving Form. Please enter the tribute name in the gift or payment details section.

Include any special instructions in the other details field.

Endowment Giving

The Endowment is like an investment account; the balance is not touched so that the endowment produces dividends or interest for a purpose of your choice.

An endowed fund acts as the International School’s “savings account” from which we draw a set percentage of the fund’s interest income to support the annual operating budget, including student financial aid. Endowment giving is both timeless and limitless. Gifts contributed to ISI’s endowment can fall into two categories:

1) General Endowment Fund—gifts that have no limitations. This fund is important as it gives the school maximum flexibility to meet the evolving needs of the institution.

2) Restricted Endowment Funds—these funds support specific programs such as faculty development, arts, debate and need-based financial aid.

Volunteering & the Parent Association

The Parent Association (PA) of the International School of Indiana (ISI) is a cooperative organization of parents and families of students at the school. All ISI families are members of the PA and are invited to attend PA meetings and participate in PA activities.

The PA promotes open communication between the administration, teachers, parents, and students. In an effort to improve these communications and to allow equal representation for all three of ISI’s buildings, the PA has representatives for each site.

We hope to see all ISI families volunteer in some capacity for one or more of the PA events or initiatives!

All parent volunteers and chaperones are required to complete an Indiana State Police Background form.

Additionally, ISI needs volunteers to assist with Development efforts. Contact Sarah Payton to see how you can help!

Do you want to become an ISI Brand Ambassador? Contact Rissa Guffey to learn more about how you can help market the school to the Indianapolis community and beyond.

Gift Recognition

We want to fully recognize our supporters’ valuable – and often multiple – gifts and purchases. We combine all of our donors’ contributions – to either the Annual Fund or a Special Event – for recognition in our annual report. This applies to contributions made between July 1 and June 30 of each year.


We use the following formula to calculate each donor’s total year-end giving:

Gifts of cash or securities +
Matching gifts from employers +
Special event item purchases (less the fair market value) +
Special event sponsors (less any goods or services received) =
Total Annual Contribution

Year-End Giving Deadlines

If you are making an end-of-year gift to ISI or completing your pledge to the GryFund or a campaign, please be aware that the last day of the year (December 31) is the last day your contribution will be considered by the IRS as a gift in any calendar year. In order for your gift to be deductible on your federal income tax, cash or checks delivered in person must be in the Advancement Office by December 31. Online gifts paid by credit card must also be received by December 31. If your gift is mailed, the envelope must be postmarked on or before December 31.

Donor Privacy Policy

The International School of Indiana is committed to honoring and protecting our donors’ privacy, including any personally identifiable information. ISI does not and will not sell or trade donors’ information with outside parties. If you have questions about this donor privacy policy, please email Sarah Payton at or call 317-923-1961 ext. 315.

Donors are advised to consult with their own legal, tax and estate planning professionals when considering donations other than cash. This information is general in nature and should not be construed or relied upon as tax or legal advice.