Annual Fund FAQs

What is the Annual Fund?

Since 1963, IPS has been opening a window to the world for young children from all corners of the globe, and it is your support that allows IPS to continue its mission. In addition to capital improvements, the Annual Fund provides crucial support for scholarships and professional development for faculty and staff.

What is the time period of the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund runs from September 1st through June 30th of each school year.

Who gives to the Annual Fund?

Board members, parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, friends, and corporations.

I already pay tuition, why should I give?

Tuition covers the “operating” costs of the school. The Annual Fund allows IPS to:

  • Grow programmatically and introduce new activities like the Technology program, Handwriting Without Tears, and the Clay program.
  • Maintain and make upgrades to the infrastructure of the school.
  • Award financial aid. Typically, the school awards between $100,000 to $150,000 annually to families in need.

What are the funds used for?

Your donation supports these and other enhancements and provides for the long-term stability of the school. IPS has established designated funds that you can donate to or you can give to the general fund.

How much am I expected to give?

The School seeks high participation from its parent community. On average there, is a $3,000 gap per student that needs to be bridged to cover the full cost of an IPS child’s education. Gifts of all sizes are needed and welcomed. Every dollar makes a difference.

What is an employer matching gift program?

Corporate matching gift programs are an excellent opportunity to double the size and impact of your IPS Annual Fund contribution with just a couple of quick steps. Every company’s matching gift process is different. After you make your donation to IPS, please contact your company’s matching gift office and they will advise you on the specific process. When making a donation online to IPS, be sure to mark the company match box at checkout.  You will receive credit for the amount of the gift plus the matching donation.

Click here for a list of companies that have matching gift programs. Company match policies are always changing, so please double check with your company about their matching gift policy. If you do not see your employer, contact them to find out if they have a matching gift program.

Is my donation tax deductible?

100% of your gift is tax-deductible.

Where do I make my donation?

Donations can be made by check, Venmo or credit card. If you would like to make a donation, please complete this Google Form.

Who can I speak with about giving at IPS?

Please call Alyssa Wisoff at 212-371-8604 x1201 or email her at