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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, 2009-2018

  • 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, I 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 United States Taxpayers: All gifts made to the Friends of the Benjamin Franklin International School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the United States tax code. You will receive a separate acknowledgment from the Foundation for tax purposes.

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.