Giving BFIS

The BFIS Annual Fund

The BFIS Fund is our yearly fundraising vehicle used to support various projects and programs that tuition alone cannot cover. 

Advancing together

As many independent private schools, BFIS relies on the philanthropic spirit of its community. It is thanks to the  contribution of BFIS donors – no matter the size of the gift- that the school can develop initiatives not included in the school’s ordinary operating budget that enrich the academic life of our students and faculty.

Our BFIS Mission and Vision challenges us to engage our diverse school community in the pursuit of educational excellence and success for all students. Around the world, the high educational standards to which we aspire continue to be raised as curricula evolve, new learning tools are developed and the social and emotional needs of students are better understood.

The BFIS Fund

Fundraising Campaign The Future is Now

The BFIS Fund

A three-years campaign (2022-2025)

We are launching our The Future is Now campaign to build a signature building  where Arts, Science, Design and Athletics can come together and we can realize the dream of nurturing students’ creativity, risk-taking, confidence, collaboration and entrepreneurial skills. Throughout the history, renowed change-makers and entrepreneurs, from Da Vince to Steve Jobs, have been imaginative, interdisciplinary thinkers.

 

 

Furthermore, beginning in Fall 2022 and for the next three years, we are implementing ‘Accelerator Projects’ that support programs and instructional resources that will take student learning further.

 

A new state-of-the-art building

This Center for Creativity and Innovation (CCI) will provide student experiences that come from learning in a new visual arts classroom, dedicated teaching and performance theater, a dedicated secondary school music room and practices spaces. This will enhance not only the Visual and Perdorming Arts, but we will also be able to link arts learning to new design and technology programs. We hope that you join us in realizing our Future is Now dream to allow us to add crucial opportunities for students to design innovative and sustainable solutions for real world problems. 

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new building
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new building

Accelerator Projects for the next three years

Beginning in Fall 2022 and for the next three years, we will be fundraising and implementing ‘Accelerator Projects’ that support programs and instructional resources that will take student learning further. These “Accelerator Projects”  will be organized around our strategic pillars: Experiential Learning; Creativity and Innovation and Individual Potential. Examples are new and renovated learning spaces, new programs and new equipment that will lead to new class offerings both during and beyond the school day that will extend and enrich a BFIS education. 

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Creativity and Innovation: Robotics and Engineering

Help to build a BFIS Robotics program that is aligned with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. 

1. First Lego Robotics Competition Ready Kits
2. First Robotic Parts and Equipment
3. Storage Equipment
4. Google Tilt Brush

High School Musical Theater
Creativity and Innovation: Performing Arts

Help to develop the performing arts at BFIS by enhancing the quality of our performing arts spaces and reliable high quality sound reproduction resources in our auditorium. 

1. Sound equipment updates
2. Space sound-proofing
3. Instruments
4. Sound and mixing equipment

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Experiential Learning: Outdoor space

Help us to develop inspiring naturally planted play, adventure, garden, growing and loose parts landscape as a cornerstone of a dedicated Outdoor Learning program. 

1. Renovate the space around the Orwell Building
2. Surface materials
3. Equipment and planting

Why should I donate:

FAQs

If you have a question that is not answered here below, please contact our Business Office or our Advancement Department

Doesn’t the school already have enough money through tuition and other fees to buy these things?

No. The BFIS Operating budget, whose income source is tuition and other school fees, funds the school’s daily operations.  75% of our Operating Budget is destined for academic expenses – including teacher and academic staff compensation and instructional supplies.  Another 25% pays all the non-academic, operational expenses of the school including operations and IT compensation, safety, and security, rent, maintenance, and cleaning.  This doesn’t leave much room for “extras,” such as the initiatives supported by the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the bridge between our aspirations for our students and the limits of our Operating budget.

Didn’t I pay an additional capital fund fee when my child first enrolled at the school?

Yes.  All new students make a one-time payment into the BFIS Capital Fund budget, which funds all the non-operational expenditures.

Why should I give when I’m paying tuition already?

Your gift allows us to enrich our students’ lives and classroom experience beyond what is possible within the limits of our school’s Operating budget.

Will my children benefit if I’m not here next year?

Yes. Your children will benefit by preserving BFIS ‘s excellent reputation as they will always be lifetime alumni of BFIS.

Will my money really make a difference; I can’t give that much?

Yes! Every gift counts, no matter the amount. Your gift will combine with others in the community to make a real difference in the lives of our students.

Does the money from the BFIS Fund ALWAYS get spent on buildings and infrastructure?

No.  Although the focus for the next three year’s fund will be campus improvement projects, money raised through the BFIS Fund will also spent on PEOPLE (Teachers’ Professional Development) and PROGRAMS.  It’s pretty cool to see everything we have accomplished together over the last few years–check out the list below!

Annual Fund Initiatives, 2009-2021

  • Maker Space
  • Flexible Seating
  • Robotics Program
  • Chromebooks for MSHS
  • Interactive Boards
  • Professional Development 21st Century Learning
  • New Rooftop Patio
  • New ES Building
  • ES Classroom library books
  • PE equipment
  • Professional Development/Mathematics with Emma Anderson and Monica Neagoy
  • Document cameras
  • Digital portfolios
  • Science Labs
  • New auditorium
  • ES Classroom library books
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Class instruments, including keyboard, guitar and more
  • Band instruments
  • New MS/HS Science labs and Auditorium
  • Professional Development/Enrichment: ES Writing Workshop training
  • Professional Development/Differentiation, The Shelton School
  • Professional Development (please refer to Annual Review 2014-2015)
  • Performing and Visual Arts: Class instruments, including keyboard, guitar and more band instruments
  • Sound system and recording equipment
  • Visiting Artists and Scholars Program
  • Wireless Internet for campus
  • ES Mac laptops
  • Software upgrades
  • Library Resources
  • Health emergency Fund
How can we have a successful Annual Fund when giving is just not part of the Spanish culture?

Almost 50% of the donors to our 2012-2013 Annual Fund campaign were Spanish families.

Will everyone know how much I gave?

No, if you don't want to.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. Benjamin Franklin International School is a qualified non-profit organization, and donations made to the school are generally tax-deductible as allowed by law. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for any specific questions you may have. 

For Spanish Taxpayers: The Benjamin Franklin Foundation is registered (n° 242) with the Generalitat of Catalunya and as such enjoys the tax benefits stipulated by Ley 49/2002. We will be happy to provide you with an acknowledgement suitable for tax deductions in Spain upon request.

For other Taxpayers: We will gladly provide suitable recognition of your donation upon request.

What is a matching gift?

A matching gift is a charitable donation by a corporation that matches an employee’s donation to an eligible nonprofit organization, most often euro for euro. Thousands of companies across both hemispheres offer matching gift programs to their employees as part of a corporate giving philanthropy.

The main concept of matching gift programs is quite simple. A 100 € donation to BFIS is eligible to be matched by a corporate employer, literally doubling the donation for a total of 200 €. All you have to do is fill out the matching gift forms (which can usually be obtained from the Human Resources department at your company), and then submit them to our Business Office. We will validate your donation and send it to your company. The company will give to BFIS the same gift value.