Why Philanthropy Matters: The MIS Approach

MIS is unlike most independent schools in that tuition funds our entire operating budget. Whereas at many schools you will hear about a “gap” between tuition revenue and operating budget, we find it imperative to be self-sufficient.

So why, then, does giving to MIS matter?

Your gift is a tangible show of support to the world.​

The culture you find at MIS wasn’t built by happenstance—it was constructed out of passion. The passion of our founder, of our teachers and administrators, yes. But more importantly, the unrelenting passion of our students and our families.

When outsiders—particularly foundations who help fund our larger projects—see a high level of stakeholder buy-in, they are much more likely to throw their support behind MIS as well. That’s why every gift—no matter the dollar amount—truly matters. It’s because of our high participation rate in giving from all groups—faculty and staff, parents, grandparents, and one day, even alums—that we can strive as a school on behalf of our supporters.

Your gift enables us to hire and develop the finest educators.

MIS teachers are scholars themselves—most hold advanced degrees—whose own intellectual enthusiasm inspires our students. They are not just teachers, but passionate co-learners in every classroom. And they’re constantly seeking to improve.

​The professional development opportunities we’re able to extend to them through your support—from national conferences and panels to on-campus workshops and seminars—inspires them all the further.

Midtown International School is a tax-exempt organization under the IRS code section 501(c)3, tax ID Number 45-5297366.

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Your Gift at Work: The MIS Annual Fund​

MIS relies solely on tuition for our yearly operating budget. And that means every gift to our Annual Fund gets used to even greater effect.

We can immediately apply your gift to hiring and training internationally sought-after teachers, purchasing state-of-the-art lab equipment, launching eye-opening arts initiatives, bringing in compelling speakers and performers, enhancing our athletics and wellness programs, and sustaining countless other opportunities and experiences that MIS creates.

Contributions at all levels prove vital to keeping MIS thriving. Major foundations look for community commitment when evaluating grants, and strong parent participation in annual funds counts for a lot. Last year our faculty achieved 100% participation, and this year our goal is to have our parents match this level of support. It shows that as a community, we’re all in for MIS.

Your gift is an offering to the whole world’s future, preparing generations of uncommonly hopeful and purposeful graduates to go forth and put their ideals into practice.

Contributors donating $2,500 or more are welcomed into the Lynx Society and contributors donating $4,000 or more are welcomed into the Founders Circle. Each will be celebrated at private events this spring. Lynx Society and Founders Circle contributions are essential to funding our growth and development vision.

We’re truly grateful for your ongoing vote of confidence.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer matching programs for employee charitable donations. Reach out to your company HR department if you have any questions about their matching program. Please send your company’s matching gift form along with your donation to MIS. Contact Nicole Stump with questions.

Ways to Give

When considering a gift to Midtown International School, there are many opportunities that will not only support the excellence of the school’s outstanding programs, but may also provide you a tax-deductible contribution. Please know that MIS is grateful for all contributions. The following are the five main ways to donate:

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