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Giving FAQ


What is Development at ISB?

Development at ISB includes the ISB Annual Fund fundraising events, 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.

Why does ISB raise money in addition to tuition?

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.

Why give to ISB?

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.

What is the ISB Annual Fund?

The ISB Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that generates income for the school through gifts from all members of the ISB community. These gifts support the operating budget of the school as well as reserve funds designated to help secure the ISB site.

Who gives?

Alumni/ae, current and past parents, current and former faculty and staff, corporations, foundations and friends all make gifts to ISB.

How much should I give to the ISB Annual Fund?

The ISB Annual Fund recurs every fiscal year so as you consider the amount of your gift, you should know that we will ask for your support next year too. Please give what is reasonable and right for you.

When does my give need to be made?

To be included as a donor to that year's ISB Annual Fund, your gift must be received by May 31.

Are there Support Levels?

Yes. Support Levels honour the generosity of our donors and the legacy of our great school.

A chart showing the different support levels for the International School of Brussels


How are the priorities of the Annual Fund determined?

At the beginning of each school year, the Learning Leadership Team approves the goals of the Annual Fund as determined by the school management after a broad consultation of various key stakeholders.

Can I give for a specific ISB programme?

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.

How can I give to ISB?

You can give to ISB through bank transfer, online by credit card, or by check.

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Are my gifts tax-deductible?

US citizens can donate money through the ISB Foundation and receive a receipt for tax deduction.

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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.

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Currently, there is no tax deductibility for Belgium tax payers.


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.