The Valerie Kennedy Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to honor the School’s former Director and her dedication and commitment to our community. The purpose of this fund is to support deserving international students who are in need of financial assistance, so that they may avail themselves of an education at The International Preschools while creating a diverse and respectful learning environment that benefits all our students. This fund has assisted children from Algeria, Bahamas, China, Denmark, France, Mongolia, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Guatemala, and Serbia. Since creating the Valerie Kennedy Scholarship Fund, we have raised $121,818 to date for our international students, furthering our mission of outreach and diversity.
The financial aid budget for 2018-2019 supports 19% of enrolled families from over 30 nationalities. Financial aid is critical to the mission of The International Preschools, which has celebrated and prioritized diversity and cultural fluency from its founding in 1963. Attracting and retaining families from all backgrounds, including through the School’s Financial Aid program, is essential to the School’s commitment to these values and what distinguishes IPS from other preschools in New York City.
What is the Annual Fund?
Since 1963, IPS has been opening a window on 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 iPad program, Handwriting Without Tears, and the Clay program.
- Renovate and upgrade facilities.
- Award financial aid. In the past year, the school awarded over $600,000 in financial aid.
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. Please send an email to email@example.com 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
If 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 appreciate your participation in the various fundraisers. The school formally asks everyone to give to the Annual Fund, which allows the school to carry out its 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. The auctions at the Annual 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 $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.
I’d like to spread my gift over time. Can I make a pledge?
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 online or by mailing a check to:
The International Preschools
Attn: Development Office
345 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
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 rates 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 Donna Cohen at 212-371-8604 x1100 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.