Giving FAQs

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is KIS primary source of contributed income. Your contribution to the Annual Fund provides KIS with the resources necessary to fund our most pressing needs. This fund gives KIS the financial means and flexibility to develop and sustain exceptional programs and projects.

How is the KIS Annual Fund conducted?

The KIS Foundation Office mails an appeal letter in the fall and spring of each year. Appeal reminders are posted in the Alumni and Principal’s Newsletter and announced on the Alumni Tours. Donor support is acknowledged individually as well as in newsletters and in the KIS Annual Report. Updates on how our donor’s funds are being put to use at KIS is reported in our Principal’s and Alumni Newsletters.

Doesn’t tuition cover these items?

The KIS education program requires continuous professional development for teachers, state-of-the-art equipment, technology, and upgrades to facilities, much of which are not included in the operating budget. Because of support from the Annual Fund for these programs, KIS has been able to limit tuition increases, keeping KIS available to a diverse student body.

What is your goal for fiscal year 2016-2017?

A long history of strong support from KIS Alumni and friends is reason to be confident that we will reach our 2016-17 Annual Fund goal of $100,000. The donations will go towards creating an open ended fund for Service and Environmental Learning Projects and $40,000 for setting up a state-of-the-art Fitness Center.

Will my gift make a difference?

While the collective generosity of alumni, parents and friends provides support for KIS programs and facilities, your individual gifts are making a tangible impact on the lives of today’s students, and tomorrow’s leaders. KIS students and staff value and benefit from every gift.

Can my gift be matched?

Many corporations offer matching gift programs for employees and their families. Most programs match on a dollar-per-dollar basis. A match can often double or triple your gift. Please check with your employer to see if they will match your gift to KIS.

Does giving benefit the students?

Every student, regardless of whether he or she receives financial aid, benefits from the programs and projects that are made possible with gifts to the Annual Fund.

Will I get an update of how my money is being spent?

Progress of the programs and projects supported by the Annual Fund will be reported in the KIS Newsletters. Programs and projects are also included in presentations on Alumni and Admission tours. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information on how your gift is invested.

Will I be recognized as a donor?

Acknowledgment of our donors is done through individual letters and published in newsletters.

To which address may I mail Cheques to?

In India and countries other than USA, please make cheques payable to, Kodaikanal International School, and send to:

The Principal
Kodaikanal International School
Seven Roads Junction
Kodaikanal 624101, Tamil Nadu
Tel: (91) 4542 247201

In the USA, please make cheques payable to, Kodai Friends International and send to:

Kodai Friends International, Inc
7608 Flora Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63143
Tel: (1) 484 722 8022

Is my gift to KIS tax deductible?

All donations within the USA and India are eligible for tax relief under KFI US (501)(c)(3) status and KIS Indian 80-G certification respectively.

What if I need more information?

We are happy to answer your questions, and may be contacted any time.

Regarding gifts to KIS:
The Principal
(91) 4542 247 200

Regarding gifts from alumni and friends in the USA:
KFI Administrator
(1) 314-229-3501

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