Ways to Give
We greatly appreciate all the different ways in which the families and friends of AIS give throughout the year. Your investment makes a difference. Please explore the options below to maximize your support and contribute in a way that is most meaningful to you. Thank you for making AIS possible!
There are a variety of programs to support and ways to give. Annual Fund gifts make the greatest impact to the school. However, giving to designated programs or to our scholarship fund also makes a huge impact to the students, faculty, and community of AIS. Click on the donate button to make a gift or ask for a Giving Envelope at reception to specify a fund or activity to support or reach out to our Chief Operating Officer.
Annual Fund gifts have the greatest impact, as they demonstrate commitment to the unique vision, mission, and core values of our school without associated event expenses. Proceeds from our Annual Fund support educational programming, curriculum development, and school enhancements.
We recognize there are varying means of giving within our community. Every gift matters, and any amount, no matter how small is welcome and appreciated. Annual Fund gifts are fully tax deductible.
20th Anniversary Fund
AIS is such a special community and has been made possible thanks to the support of all those students, families, and staff who have been a part of its foundation, growth, and history. As we commemorate our 20th anniversary, we want to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of this remarkable school.
Help us pay homage by purchasing a brick with your student's name to become part of the new brick pavement to be installed on the pathway leading up to the school.
A standard size 4-inch x 8-inch Individual Student Brick will be engraved with two lines of custom text. The first line will be the name of the student you wish to honor. The second line can be a dedication phrase in French, Spanish, or English of up to 20 characters or the dates of attendance at AIS. For this the 20th school year, the 3rd line of text will read, "AIS 20th Anniversary" to commemorate this special year! The first bricks will be installed in the summer of 2021!
Donate a brick for each student in your family, and you may also gift a brick for another student or alumni!
Our Spring Gala brings family members together to celebrate and support AIS. This event is hosted offsite and is held between February and April annually. We are proudest of the annual art auction. AIS students work with their class to create a group art project. These creations are auctioned off and will go home with the winning bidder. Other event highlights include a silent and live auction, raffle, dinner, dancing and much more.
Our AIS students anxiously await our FUNd Run each and every year. This event promotes healthy and active lifestyles while also supporting the school through the fund drive. AIS students ask families and friends to give one-time gifts or per lap pledges and then they’re off! Participating students run laps around the school while being cheered on by their adoring fans culminating in community celebrations.
Event family sponsorships are available as well. By sponsoring this event, AIS families will receive recognition at the event, inclusion in our marketing materials, and our ongoing appreciation!
AIS celebrates the various cultures and families which make up our diverse community. On Family Day, we ask invite all the extended families who love and support our students to come on campus, get a sneak peek at the children’s educational experience, and then we celebrate them! Families are asked to share their family background and history and students showcase their families through class projects.
One Time Giving
We have a simple and secure credit card online donation system. Donations via check or cash may be dropped off at reception or mailed to the school addressed to the attention April O’Quinn.
Monthly or Quarterly Giving
Contributions may be made in monthly or quarterly donations as way to demonstrate ongoing support. Donors may setup automatic payments online. Installment giving supports our Annual Fund campaign or may designated to a designated Fund such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects, Library Fund, Playground Fund, or Middle School Fund.
Donors may choose to make longer term investments through multi-year giving. These pledges may be designated to a Fund or capital improvements.
As a non-profit, AIS is typically eligible for Employer Matching Gifts. This increases the impact of your giving as most employers match 1:1 or more. Check with your Employers’ Human Resources department for details and requirements. Gifts received by AIS will be verified through employer matching gift forms or their giving websites.
Merci, gracias, and thank you to our Matching Gift partners: IBM, Dell, and 3M!
Stock, legacy gifts, or in-kind donations
If you are interested in other means of contributing, such as transfers of stock, legacy gifts, or in-kind donations, please contact our Staff Accountant, Sandra Herrera.
AIS accepts proceeds from vehicle donations. By donating vehicles to AIS, you can:
- Support educational programs for children
- Receive the auction sales price of your vehicle as a tax deduction
- Avoid the possibility of receiving a low trade-in value from a dealer or the anxiety and hassle of selling to a private party.
Donated vehicles may be picked up free of charge and sold at auction as made possible through our partnership with Donate for Charity. You may call Donate for Charity toll free at 866-392-4483 or donate online.
Through our partnerships with other organizations you can earn money for AIS while making your own routine purchases at various brick and mortar and online retailers.
Effortless Fundraising helps support the school with little ongoing effort from you, but with big results for the school. If you set up Austin International School initially as your charity of choice, when you shop at the following retailers, AIS earns a percentage of sales at little or no cost. It’s so easy to do! Click on the links below for merchant instructions and use.
Round up your credit and debit card purchases and donate that amount to your favorite nonprofit… hint, hint! That’s us! What may seem like small change to you can have a huge impact on the organizations you care about. Getting started is easy and giving is hassle-free! Get started at CaringCent.
Shop much on Amazon? Log into Amazon Smile, register Austin International School Association as your designated charity, and for every dollar you spend, Amazon will donate to AIS at no additional costs to you. Amazon will remember your charity preference from then on. When you shop, simply remember to log into smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com for the school to receive proceeds. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Austin International School. Bookmark the site so you will always be ready to go!
Good Search/Good Shop
This online web search and shopping portal raises money for the school (ID 922455) with every visit. Search the web with GoodSearch.com and each time you do a search, GoodSearch will donate about a penny to our cause. Shop online at GoodSearch.com and a percentage of each purchase will be donated to our cause. More than 2,000 top stores are participating including Amazon, Target, Staples, Best Buy, and more.
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education provides an easy way to earn cash for our school through regular purchases. You can find the familiar 10¢ Box Tops coupon on hundreds of your family’s favorite products from General Mills. And now, you can find Box Tops on Ziploc® and Kleenex® products, too! Just clip the coupons and drop them off in in the Box Tops box at the front desk… it’s that simple! Thanks to the PTO who helps facilitate our Box Tops collection.