Giving / Annual Fund

Annual Fund FAQs


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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 previous school years include:

  • Adjusted Tuition

  • Teacher professional development

  • Field trips

  • Visits from notable authors and illustrators

  • International class trips to China and Taiwan

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!

Can I make my Annual Fund gift in the spring instead of the fall?

Yes! You can pledge your Annual Fund gift in the fall before our campaign wraps up on December 31 and then pay your pledge in the spring before June 1. The sooner you donate, the sooner your gift will be put to use!

Doesn’t tuition cover costs?

Tuition does not fully cover the operating budget. Fundraising through the Annual Fund and ShowCAIS provides roughly 9% 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.