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: 

  • 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade Invention Convention
  • ECD Messy Art Day
  • Field trips to the Asian Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and SFMOMA
  • Visit from author/illustrator Chen Jiang Hong
  • Publishing parties
  • CAIS LEGO robotics team
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, 2019. You’re welcome to take until June 1, 2020 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 roughly 10% of the funds needed each year 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 (other than the restricted-purpose Fund-A-Need) 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.

Annual Fund 2019-2020