Our inaugural Student Ambassador program has started out strong, with a variety of initiatives to engage both the student community and prospective families.
Our inclusive, globally minded community develops highly motivated and academically successful bilingual learners. ISD students are inter-culturally adept and make positive contributions in a complex world. -ISDenver Mission
ISDenver is proud to evolve our annual Community Giving efforts with the announcement of new philanthropic priorities that create funds we can all support, year-over-year. Beginning with the 2017-18 year, we are now able to designate which funds we support.
With an eye on fulfilling our mission, we are proud to emphasize who we are -- a nurturing, caring community of learners, educators, and families -- and what we are -- a preeminent school where the passion is real. We invite you to join us in underscoring our commitment to people by making your tax-deductible contribution to ISDenver and designating your generosity across Community Giving Priorities:
- FACULTY INVESTMENT FUND
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUND
- ISDENVER PRIORITIES
- INSPIRATION: FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING
Given our faculty members' incredible talent and passion as educators, it is not a surprise that families continually ask, "How can we do more for our teachers?" We are pleased to launch this fund that provides the opportunity to support our faculty above and beyond the operational program and classroom budgets.
Resources designated to this fund may be used for opportunities that help ISDenver attract and retain the very best faculty, such as:
- Providing support for faculty who are building professional skills through graduate-level courses
- Funding school-driven professional development (additional to the professional development each teacher identifies for themselves)
- Ensuring all G1-G8 teachers have laptops, so they can work and teach anywhere on campus
- Funding a pilot program for the school to secure limited housing to be made available to new, international faculty
ISDenver is committed to both inclusivity and diversity, as stated in our mission and values. Financial Assistance -- the tuition reduction offered to families with demonstrated financial need -- is one of the many ways that we uphold our guiding beliefs and support socio-economic diversity among our community.
While we are proud of the more than $450,000 that we are able to budget for operationally, the reality is that we would ideally like to offer twice this amount each year. Each year, we unfortunately lose families who want to become or continue as members of our community, simply because they cannot afford the cost.
Investments in this fund will be used to increase both the number of families who benefit from financial assistance and the amount of need that we can meet with each offer.
Please note that donations received to this fund prior to December 31, 2017 will become a resource for the 2018-19 financial assistance offers.
We both respect and appreciate that many families seek to donate the most flexible support possible, which is ultimately a contribution that can be used at the discretion of the school leadership. Additionally, our school works with families each year to support approved, one-off opportunities that fall outside of the stated philanthropic priorities. If either of this scenarios resonate with you, then this is the fund for you!
Our faculty members recently asked themselves what would most inspire them to participate in our Community Giving efforts. A few faculty started talking over lunch in October, and just a few weeks later, formally launched the Scholarship by Staff. With the dual goals of maximizing participation and raising a full year's tuition to bring one new, extreme need learner to campus for the 2018-19 year, more than 50% of full-time faculty and staff have raised over $11,000 in the first two weeks.
This effort is a special campaign solely among faculty and staff -- something that each member can feel really good about, and see the direct impact of giving back to ISDenver. While this is not an official 'fund' like the above three priorities, we think our broader community will want to know what the faculty and staff are doing for community giving.