Annual Fund

The LILA Annual Fund is an unrestricted fund and, as a result, impacts every aspect of LILA including academics, athletics, financial aid, faculty professional development, financial aid, technology, the arts, facilities, etc.

In addition to tuition and registration fees, LILA’s Annual Fund enables our school to not compromise on any of our values. The Annual Fund also serves as a representation of our diverse community with families of all backgrounds donating at all levels every year. In fact, our community raised almost $660,000 and parent participation reached 84% last year. Every single gift, no matter the size, has an impact on our school.

As a rule, independent schools such as ours depend on their annual fund to constitute 8% of their budget. Currently, it represents 3% of LILA’s overall budget.

We’re all in this together to grow these numbers! Join us in reaching our goal of $700,000.

Leslie Galerne ’97, Annual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager

Top Reasons to Donate…

1. It’s for our students!
2. It helps raise the School’s profile for universities and career opportunities
3. It supports and raises our community as a whole
4. International schools have higher operating costs.
5. We receive NO outside assistance from government sources.
6. 100% Participation is very important.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can an Annual Fund contribution accomplish that tuition can’t?

The Annual Fund is a key component of LILA’s operating budget and contributes to every aspect of the School including academics, salaries, facilities, and financial aid. As a rule, independent schools such as ours depend on the Annual Fund to constitute 8% of their budget. Currently, it represents 3% of LILA’s overall budget.

In addition to tuition and registration fees, the Annual Fund allows our school to not compromise on any of our values. Compared to traditional schools, we have higher operating costs: recruiting international faculty, offering bilingual programs, implementing the different requirements for IB, etc.

If the School needs more funds, why not just increase tuition instead?

The answer to this one is pretty straightforward: Annual Fund donations are completely tax deductible. While tuition increases are necessary to keep up with the growing costs of doing business in a major city like Los Angeles, the School works hard to keep tuition affordable to all families, remaining competitive tuition-wise with other LA-area private schools. Gifts from generous families like yourselves help us keep the School attainable not only by keeping tuition hikes reasonable but also by giving the School more funds for financial aid.

What is the typical amount families give?

Obviously, it is a very personal decision and every family has a different capacity to give. The suggested donation is $2,000 per family. That said, the School understands that not everyone can give at that level. While some can easily give the suggested amount or more, many others cannot. We assure you that every little bit makes a difference and is appreciated.

We offer many options to make giving easy: pledge, check, credit card, wire or stock transfers and even a recurring gift option to spread giving out over a period of time.

Why does 100% family participation matter?

Major donors from within our community as well as external supporters need to see that all ofLILA’s families, staff and faculty support the School. Fun fact: our Board of Trustees (which are volunteer positions) give at 100% and more than 80% of faculty and staff give every year.

I already give to other non-profits? Why should I give to LILA?

It is a fairly well-known fact that people give to causes with which they have a personal connection. Whether it’s medical research, human rights, animal activism, etc., people give to organizations they connect with. As a parent, you researched and visited many schools before choosing us. Remember the reasons for which you chose LILA and how your child has thrivedsince they’ve joined the LILA community. Think of it this way: you’re not only investing in your child’s future, but their friends’ too. And if you ask any of our alumni, some of their best friends and professional connections are from their time at LILA.

My child(ren) are graduating/won’t be here next year. I don’t see why I should give if it won’t benefit my kids.

During their time at the School, your children have benefitted from previous families’ AnnualFund gifts. Because the Annual Fund contributes to all aspects of the School’s budget, your children have inevitably experienced the effects of other families’ donations when they’vewalked into their classrooms, played on the playground, met with their teachers, participated in sports, etc. Giving now ensures that the School your children attended continues to thrive and increases its reputation, making it an important asset during the college and job application process.

Have more questions? Heard some points you’d like to discuss further?

Contact one of your parent volunteers, your Campus Director, or LILA parent and Annual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager, Leslie Galerne ’97, by email or phone at 818.994.2961. We’re always happy to answer your questions.

How to Give to the Annual Fund

Gifts to the campaign can be made online using a credit card, by check, via wire transfer, or by making a stock transfer.

  • The most convenient way is to make a donation online using your credit or debit card.
  • You may also write a check payable to International School of Los Angeles. In the memo line write “Annual Fund” and student’s last name, and please also include a donation form. You are welcome to mail checks to:
    International School of Los Angeles
    ATTN: Leslie Galerne – Annual Fund
    1105 W Riverside Drive
    Burbank, CA 91506
  • If you are interested in making a contribution of stocks or bonds, please contact Leslie Galerne ’97 by email or phone at 818-994-2961 to obtain a Gift of Stock Form.
  • For gifts of $5,000 and above, we recommend a wire transfer.

The International School of Los Angeles is a fully self-funded non-profit 501(c)3 school and receives no subsidies from the U.S. or French governments.
Our school’s unique community is a dynamic blend of diverse families. We rely on our community – current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends – every year during our Annual Fund to help ensure our ability to continue to build and support a truly exceptional education for all of our students. On an annual basis, your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund ensures the school’s solid financial future.

IRS EIN: 95-3363496

2019-2020 Annual Fund Statistics

Updated June 8, 2020

LILA Wide Goal : $700,000

Goal - $700,000 700000$
Total raised to date 705088$

Total raised: $705,088

Burbank Chairs

Carolyn De Fanti, Campus Co-Chair
Stephen Salinger, Campus Co-Chair

Los Feliz Chairs

Caroline Pham, Campus Co-Chair
Shiloh Filin, Campus Co-Chair

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West Valley Chairs

Teresa Rusiecki, Campus Co-Chair
Ben Rusiecki, Campus Co-Chair