FAQs

Why has BIS started a giving and fundraising program?

BIS is a non-profit organisation. School fees and state subsidies only cover the day to day operational costs of BIS. These fees cannot simply be increased. Therefore, fundraising is the only way to raise additional money.

Through your support for our future, BIS can deliver this extraordinary educational experience inside and outside the classroom and also across socio-economic levels. The giving and fundraising program is an opportunity for the further development of the international school and an investment in the Creativity and Innovation Centre (CIC).

With your commitment as a supporter you can be a pioneer, because with the CIC we want to set a benchmark far beyond national borders accessible to all different socio-economic backgrounds.

What is the fundraising vision of BIS?

BIS aims to be the leading international school providing inspired learning with focus on integrated technology and critical thinking. In expanding our modern and progressive teaching, we are preparing the next generation of problem solvers.

What are the BIS fundraising priorities?

We have three main objectives of our giving and fundraising program:

 

How can I support financially?

You can support BIS as a company, a foundation or as a private person best through Friends of BIS. Friends is a non-profit association that allows tax deductions in Germany and other countries. We advise you to consult with your financial planner, tax advisor and our Development Office to determine the best method for achieving your philanthropic goals.

Why doesn't BIS just raise tuition instead of fundraising?

We pride ourselves on our open and inclusive international culture at BIS and we continually review our cost structure to make BIS affordable to all of its constituents. One of the main goals of the fundraising programme is to provide scholarships which makes BIS accessible at every social-economic level.

How can I support BIS through non-financial means?

There are many ways to support BIS that are not financial. Everyone can help by simply spreading the word of BIS and its mission to all interested parties such as families interested in attending our school.

In addition, volunteering your time would be a great benefit to the school. He have numerous events on campus that rely on volunteer support such as the Career Day in January, 11th grade interview days in Nov and May, theatrical performances, sporting events including hosting visiting sports teams.

Your help in expanding the BIS network to support our curriculum programmes and development, e.g. work experience, is priceless.

Does BIS accept matched gifts from corporations?

Yes. Many companies match employee donations to nonprofit organizations, but each company has their own policy. We recommend that you speak with your human resource department about a matching gift program. In addition, please contact our Development Office, Tom Aney (t.aney@bis-school.com / 0151-171-33860) so we can follow-up on any problems or questions that your company may have.

Can I get tax benefits for my donation?

Yes, in Germany. BIS is a registered nonprofit in Germany (gemeinn├╝tzige Aktiengesellschaft) so donations made to BIS are tax deductible if you are paying taxes in Germany, regardless if you are German citizen or living here temporarily.

For people paying taxes in the US, we do not have a 501(c)3 charity status so donations are not normally deductible for US income taxes.

In general, tax laws are very complicated and differ from country to country so we highly recommend talking with your tax advisor no matter your nationality or your tax residency.

Why has BIS started a giving and fundraising program?

School fees only cover the day to day operational costs of BIS. Through your support for our future, BIS can deliver this extraordinary educational experience inside and outside the classroom and also across socio-economic levels. The giving and fundraising program is an opportunity for the further development of the international school and investment in the Creativity and Innovation Centre (CIC).

What is the function of Friends of BIS?

The Friends of BIS Förderverein e.V., a non-profit association, was formed with the sole purpose of financially supporting the Bavarian International School (BIS) in reaching its funding objectives.