The LILA Annual Fund is an unrestricted fund that impacts every aspect of the School, including academics, faculty professional development, financial aid, technology, the arts, facilities, athletics, etc. In addition to tuition and registration fees, LILA’s Annual Fund enables our school to go above and beyond.
In these uncertain times, the Annual Fund is even more important to ensure that we can provide the safe environment that is required during a pandemic. The School has made financial aid a priority, awarding unprecedented levels of aid to those families who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. LILA has also had to increase budget for IT, so as to ensure we offer the best e-learning and remote parallel learning we can. It is thanks in part to donations from last year’s Annual Fund that LILA was able to respond so well in this crisis.
We realize the current climate makes charitable contributions difficult for our community. Last year, we raised $706,000 and reached 85% family participation. This year’s Annual Fund goal is $700,000 but, more importantly, we hope to reach 100% family participation. Every single gift, no matter the size, helps us get closer to those goals.
We’re all in this together. Now more than ever.
Leslie Galerne ’97, Community Engagement 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.
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 Community Engagement Manager, Leslie Galerne ’97, by email or phone at (818) 994-2961. We’re always happy to answer your questions.
2020-2021 Annual Fund Statistics
LILA Wide Goal: $700,000
Total raised: $704,947
Updated May 12, 2021
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.
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