Annual Fund FAQs

Annual Fund FAQs

What does the Annual Fund make possible?

Your Annual Fund support goes directly to this school-year’s budget. Your charitable investment helps CAIS go beyond the basics to be extraordinary. Some examples from this past school year include:

  • implementation of Digital Chinese Initiatives, including flipped-classroom pilot program
  • Winter Program performance of an original CAIS work
  • addition of more than 200 books to the library
  • attendance at National Chinese Language Conference
  • pride in Firedragon JV girls futsal team winning SFAL league championship
What do others give? How much am I expected to give?

There is no single metric; your philanthropy is a very individual decision. Know that everyone’s support for the Annual Fund helps set the table for the school’s greatness. Gifts of any size are valued and all are vital for making it a success!

It would be easier to me to make my Annual Fund gift in the spring. What should I do?

It’s perfectly fine to make your actual gift in the spring. Please pledge your support during the 100 days of the Annual Fund, ending December 31, 2016. You’re welcome to take until June 30, 2017 to pay it off (the Advancement Office will even send you a reminder), but the sooner you make your donation the sooner we can put your gift to work. 

Doesn’t tuition cover costs?

Tuition does not fully cover the operating budget. Fundraising through Annual Fund and ShowCAIS provides 13% of the funds needed to balance the budget. 

Why doesn’t CAIS just charge the full amount as tuition and not bother with the Annual Fund?

CAIS is committed to socioeconomic diversity, and the school strives to keep tuition within the reach of as many families as possible. Additionally, fundraising allows all members of the CAIS community to contribute to our students’ educations with a tax-deductible donation. This is a practice adopted by all our peer schools.

With all the money raised at ShowCAIS and through the Capital Campaign, do we really need the Annual Fund?

Capital Campaign support went directly to the construction project for our 888 campus. Annual Fund and ShowCAIS remain vital to meeting the costs of operating and maintaining three campuses. Everything raised by the annual fund and ShowCAIS goes directly to the current year operating budget. Please contact Head of School Jeff Bissell or Director of Advancement 
Pam Winthrop with any questions about CAIS fundraising and stewardship.