The Annual Giving Appeal 2016-17

Island Pacific School is a special place.  The middle school experience that our students receive sets them up for the rest of their lives. This is a school that has been built from the ground up by a community spanning two decades. It is a community that has understood that our responsibility as parents and educators is to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity.

Your gift to the school will help with providing the best education possible to the broadest range of families who are interested in what we have to offer. We want to continue to sustain our financial aid program, and we want to continually look for opportunities for innovation and improvement. This annual giving appeal is aimed at providing a “Bridge to the Future” to help make that happen.

Make a Donation to the Annual Appeal
Support IPS with a cash gift of your choosing. You can donate online (3% to Canada Helps) or download a pledge form and mail your gift to IPS (100% to IPS). Both options give you an opportunity to spread your gift over more than one payment. 

Give a Legacy Gift
Families may want to give beyond their annual giving contribution through a legacy gift.  Discuss your legacy gift with catherine@go.islandpacific.org.

Annual Giving Appeal, 2016-17

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

Our Annual Giving Goal:

Our goal is to have 100% participation from the IPS community at large. It is not the size of the contribution that matters; it is that we are all in this together. We learned a long time ago that “many hands make light work”, and that if everyone gets involved, then great things can happen. We hope that you will be able to help out in whatever way makes best sense for your family.  

Letter to IPS Parents from Board Head, Rick Brzezowski and Head of School, Ted Spear

Giving at IPS - Questions and Answers

What is a Culture of Philanthropy?
We want to grow the strong legacy of philanthropy that has helped made Island Pacific School the vital standard for excellence in middle school education that it is today. Our school has benefited from many expressions of support from many of our constituents. Going forward, we want to strengthen our relationships even further as we help people realize their dreams for the school and as we take a bold step towards growth, development and improvement.
What is an Annual Giving Appeal?
An Annual Giving Appeal is a direct appeal to parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, friends of the IPS Community, and supporters of the school to make a financial gift at a level that is comfortable in the context for each family situation.

Why do we launch annual giving close to the Gala?
We are launching our inaugural Annual Giving Appeal at this time to coincide with our visionary founder’s departure. Dr. Ted Spear will be retiring at the end of the school year after building a strong foundation over the past 21 years, and our goal is to take IPS to the next level. With his help, we want to transition ourselves from being ‘fiscally cautious’ to being ‘strategically invested’ and to do that, we believe by implementing an Annual Giving Appeal that it will be both the catalyst and the enabler over time.

Doesn’t tuition cover all of the annual operating expenses of the school?
Many schools will say no. An Annual Giving Appeal is a yearly effort to raise funds to help bridge the gap between tuition income and total operating expenses (operating, bursary and capital budgets). At IPS, tuition income supports 95% of the annual expenses. This means the remaining 5% must be made from other sources.

Why not raise Tuition?
Few independent schools could charge the full cost of educating its students without pricing itself out of the market. At IPS, we have been diligent about keeping our tuition fees at reasonable levels for many years but recognize that almost every school our age has an Annual Giving Appeal.
What are our financial objectives?
The Annual Giving Appeal will have three objectives:
1.  To begin the process of shifting financial aid funding outside of the school’s regular operating budget (thereby freeing more funds for program expenses)
2.  To direct some funding to improvements & innovations in education to help ensure that IPS stays at the forefront of quality educational delivery (thereby ensuring that our students are continually well-served)
3.  To create a culture of philanthropy at the school, the Annual Giving Appeal will create the necessary groundwork for increased stability and growth well into the future.

What makes IPS an independent school?
The school is a nonprofit organization that operates with limited financial support from the provincial government and is governed by our own Board of Trustees. As a member school of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC), the school is considered independent. The school relies solely on tuition revenue, philanthropic gifts and a small endowment income to meet its operating expenses.
Are there other fundraising activities besides the Annual Giving Appeal at IPS?
Traditionally, the IPS fundraising model has been entirely events driven through special events such as the annual gala and golf tournament. While these events are important events in a school’s life, when we measure the success, we often only measure by the dollars raised and ignore the community building functions that over time, determine whether or not people give.
Who Supports the Annual Giving Appeal?
With 2016-2017 being our inaugural year for an Annual Giving Appeal, we believe current parents, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of the school who believe in our school will want to contribute to this. Already, we have 100% participation by our Board of Directors and full support by our faculty and staff.
Do corporations and foundations typically support the Annual Giving Appeal?
The number of foundations supporting annual giving is very small, and generally they contribute only when there is a direct personal connection.

What is a Matching Gift?
Many employers match their employee’s contributions to independent schools – even gift made by retirees and/or spouses. This benefit is not always publicized so you should inquire specifically of your employer.
Why is participation important?
The school’s financial strength depends upon the participation of the entire community. Your contribution generates enthusiasm, encourages others to do the same, and demonstrates your commitment to the school. Parent participation levels are also viewed as a barometer to foundations and outside funders considering grants or gifts to the school.

Does the school accept gifts of securities to the Annual Fund?
Yes! IPS accepts gifts of stock. This is a terrific way to make a gift to the school. Giving appreciated securities provides you with a tax deduction for the appreciated value of the stock without incurring capital gains tax. Please contact Catherine Daugherty, Development Director at Catherine@go.islandpacificschool.org for more information on making gifts of stock.

How much should I give?
We know people often contribute to charities and we ask that you consider making IPS one of your top philanthropic priorities. Please be as generous as you can within your comfort level. And thank you!

Our Development Goals
Today Tomorrow What We Mean
Cautiously incremental Confidently aspirational Think "sustainability" and be forward thinking in our approach
Fiscally conservative Strategically invested Think distinctly differently and grow the margin of excellence
Functional and uninspiring Commitment to engaged learning New curriculum initiatives, upgraded campus that invites, enables and encourages engaged learning
Monolithic student body Diverse student body Attracting and supporting kids from families with aligned values
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