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Past Fundraising

Annual Fund: Enhancing Educational Excellence

As a non-profit organization, ZIS relies on fundraising for educational enhancements and to create our unique "ZIS Experience."

  • The Annual Fund has an immediate impact – by funding programs and improvements, in that same year, that go above and beyond what tuition provides.

Each year:

  • Hundreds of ZIS parents, faculty and staff, and alumni contribute an average yearly total of CHF 200,000 to the Annual Fund.
  • On each campus, principals – with the input of teachers and parents – select projects for Annual Fund support that will directly benefit teaching and learning.
  • Over the years, these projects have included: guest speakers, special training opportunities for students and faculty, technology, musical instruments, athletic and playground equipment, seed money for new initiatives, and other important investments.

Some of the reasons that ZIS families contribute to the Annual Fund include:

Making a real difference for students. “Thank you for changing my life!” exclaimed a student recently, who discovered his passion and career path through the Upper School recording studio, a previous year’s Annual Fund project. The experiences made possible through the Annual Fund touch students and faculty, sometimes in ways more deep and lasting than can be foreseen.

Showing philanthropic participation. Whether contributing CHF 50, 100 or more, a single donation can motivate others. Corporate funders favor institutions that are supported by their members. Over the years, ZIS community participation has leveraged corporate contributions toward innovative programs and capital campaigns (see right).

Annual Fund donations are tax-deductible. Swiss tax payers receive a receipt for their tax returns, while U.S. tax payers’ dollar donations are tax-deductible through the ZIS Foundation, Inc.

For more information about the projects accomplished in recent years through the ZIS Annual Fund, view the videos below.

Capital Campaign: Building for International Education

ZIS's most recent capital campaign, the campaign for Building for International Education (BIE), completed in 2007, raised over CHF 10.6 million, exceeding its financial target by CHF 300,000. The goals of the campaign were to:

  • construct a new upper school for 450 students
  • create a permanent home for the Middle School in the Kilchberg Spinnergut villa
  • develop all-school facilities, such as a triple gym, sports fields, and a multi-purpose performance space
  • ensure ongoing enhancement of curricular and extracurricular programs

The tremedous success of the campaign was due to a wonderful team of volunteers who dedicated countless hours to BIE as well an extensive community of donors and corporate partners who demonstrated their belief in ZIS.

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