Giving at ISB
Part of what makes ISB such a warm, caring and successful community is that so many people contribute to school life. Financial gifts are one important way that everyone – parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends around the world – can give back to help the school continue to grow and improve.
Thank you for your interest, and for helping us build a stronger ISB!
ISB Annual Fund
2016-2017 Goal: €600,000
Support for the ISB Annual Fund is an important way in which our global community helps enhance the ISB experience, year after year. Through gifts from parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends around the world, we are able to strengthen our offerings for students, investment in faculty, and campus infrastructure.
Thanks to donor support in 2015-2016, we were able to launch and enhance programmes throughout the school that empower our students to engage with learning in the following areas:
|Entrepreneurship Club Team Wins First Place||Innovation and The Future of ISB||A Year of Service Learning at ISB|
Fostering Excellence in Teaching
Improving Our Campus
|The Importance of Professional Development||New Teacher Coaching Programme||Summer of Renovations|
The ISB Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to aid, assist, foster and promote the education of American and foreign students, both in the United States and Europe, and to disburse or contribute its income to charitable or educational organizations in accordance with decisions made by the Board of Directors.
The ISB Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in New York in 1964. Over the past years the Foundation has supported a range of projects at the International School of Brussels.
Gifts made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. The Foundation is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the International Revenue Code.
Foundation Board Members
Whitney Messenger Babash
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the Annual Fund. If you have a question that is not covered in the boxes below, contact us and we will do our best to provide you with the information that you need.
- What is Development at ISB?
- Why does ISB raise money in addition to tuition?
- Why give to ISB?
- What is the ISB Annual Fund?
- Who gives?
- How much should I give to the ISB Annual Fund?
- When does my gift need to be made?
- Are there Gift Societies?
- How are the priorities of the Annual Fund determined?
- Can I give for a specific ISB programme?
- How can I give to ISB?
- Are my gifts tax-deductible?
Development at ISB includes the ISB Annual Fund, fundraising events such as ISB Night, as well as stewardship of grants and major gifts received by the school. Development at ISB also includes the Alumni Office. The Development Office coordinates all fundraising activities for the school, and the Board Advancement Committee provides strategic guidance.
Unlike schools that are funded by government resources, ISB is a private, not-for-profit, independent school relying primarily on tuition fees. For much of our history, these tuition fees have underwritten the total cost of the ISB experience, including operating and building expenses. But today and in the future, tuition fees cannot continue to do it alone.
Tuition fees enable us to sustain our core programmes. However, in order to make improvements and implement transformative new approaches to teaching and learning, additional support is required. At the same time, ISB must take proactive steps to secure the ISB site, either by purchasing the land or entering into a new, longer-term lease.
The ISB Annual Fund supports both new initiatives today and sustaining the legacy of our school for tomorrow. A future Capital Campaign will enable us to achieve a transformation of the campus over the coming decade.
At the beginning of each school year, the Board of Trustees approves the goals of the Annual Fund as determined by the school management after a broad consultation of various key stakeholders.
Each year the Annual Report provides full details on how the Annual Fund money raised has been used by the school. All gifts to the school are recognized in the Annual Report.
Gifts to the ISB Annual Fund are unrestricted gifts that support the school’s highest priorities, including innovation in teaching and learning, renovating and updating learning spaces, and securing the ISB site.
A restricted gift provides funding for a purpose chosen by the donor in agreement with the school and cannot be used for anything else. Restricted gifts are usually significant amounts well above the amount of an annual fund gift.
US citizens can donate money through the ISB Foundation and receive a receipt for tax deduction.
Additionally, donors resident in one of the 14 countries covered by Transnational Giving Europe may be eligible to make a tax-deductible gift to ISB through their participating national foundation.
Currently, there is no tax deductibility for Belgium tax payers.