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Annual Fund FAQs


giving-ipsnyc-annual-fundWhat is the Annual Fund?

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?

  • to grow programmatically, and introduce new activities, like the Cubetto program, the rooftop garden at 45th and the clay program
  • to renovate and upgrade facilities
  • to support professional development among the faculty including college tuition
  • to award financial aid to maintain the international and economic diversity of the IPS community.

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. If you have a more specific request, we are happy to accommodate it, just send an email to with your instructions once you complete your donation.

What are the different giving levels?

1963 Society – Gifts of $15,000 and above
Director’s Circle – Gifts of $10,000 – $14,999
Benefactors – Gift of $5,000 – $9,999
Sponsors – Gifts of $2,500 – $4,999
Friends – Gifts of $500 – $2,499
Supporters – Gifts up to $499

img_2263If I have a limited budget to give to IPS, do you prefer I support a PA fundraiser or the Annual Fund?

We understand that there are many ways to support IPS in addition to the Annual Fund, and appreciated your participation in the various fundraisers. The school formally asks everyone to give to the Annual Fund, which allows the school to carry out it’s mission and culture. Each Annual Fund gift counts towards 100% participation, and every gift helps gets us closer to our goal.

Parents’ Association events are important in providing additional funding for expenses above the operating costs.  Money raised at the book fair supports The Eiko Shimada Fund, Dads’ and Moms’ Night Out underwrite the Family Picnic and the auctions at the Spring Benefit go directly to our scholarship and professional development funds.

How much am I expected to give?

The School seeks high participation from its parent community. On average there is a $2,500 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.

I’d like to spread my gift over time. Can I make a pledge?

Yes! Pledging is a great way to support the school throughout the year.


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 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 who have matching gift programs. Company match polices are always changing so please double check with you 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.

Can I gift Stock?

If you would like to make a gift of stock to the School, please call or email Charlene Sison (212-371-8604 x1108 or and provide the following information:

  • Name of the stock you plan to give
  • Number of shares
  • Name of the bank or broker who is transferring the stock
  • Approximate date the stock is being sent

The International Preschools’ account is with Chase. Our DTC number is 0352 and our Account number is 74039292.


Is my gift tax deductible?

100% of your gift is tax-deductible.

img_3634Where do I make my donation?

Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to:

The International Preschools
Attn: Development Office
330 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

If mailing a check, please specify which fund you would like to contribute to and your relationship with IPS, and make all checks payable to “The International Preschools.”

Why is participation important?

Your participation in The Annual Fund improves our standing in various non-profit and school rankings, so all donations are important, big or small. Many outside foundations and corporations look at participation rate when making funding decisions for various grants. A high participation level is a sign of confidence in our school and inspires others to give.
Who can I speak with about giving at IPS?

Pick up the phone and call Eira Toral-Sukhra at 212-371-8604 x1116 or email her at