Dear CFIS Community,
Calgary French & International School is the premiere French language immersion school in Western Canada, and has a lengthy and well-deserved reputation as one of the pre-eminent independent schools in the country. As a non-profit private school, tuition and provincial funding support our everyday operation costs. Over and above these two income streams, donations for both capital projects and special undertakings, enhance and enrich the CFIS educational experience for all students, and allow our school to grow and progress.
The importance of philanthropy at CFIS cannot be overstated. So many CFIS parents give their time and talent to the school by volunteering for a wide variety of opportunities. The generous financial support of current and former CFIS families and alumni is also essential. Financial gifts allow CFIS to give back to the school community through Bridging Bursaries, continue to offer leading-edge programming, provide rich and dynamic learning spaces, and expand the school's footprint for current and future generations.
I encourage you to view the details of our Annual Fund and consider contributing to the ongoing improvement of Calgary's beloved "apple school".
Mme Margaret Dorrance
Head of School
Although tuition fees cover the day-to-day operating expenses of the school (such as staff salaries, monthly rent, maintenance, supplies, curriculum supports, learning strategist, etc.), it is the generosity of the CFIS community of parents, alumni and friends that enables the school to move forward in the area of capital improvements and new academic and co-curricular programs. As with most independent schools, the provision of these enhanced services, facilities and programs depends upon the level of charitable giving. Although always voluntary, we invite parents to include the school as a deserving recipient of their annual charitable giving.
The goal is to have 100 percent parent participation in the Annual Giving program. Donations to the school can be made through gifts of cash, bequests, capital assets, gifts-in-kind and other methods. The CFIS Society is a registered charity and all donations are eligible for charitable tax receipts.
The Calgary French & International School has celebrated many milestones over the years. From the construction of the $20 million, 120,000 square foot, 30 - classroom structure opening in 2003 to adding 13 more classrooms by 2006. CFIS has been officially recognized at the provincial level as strategically important to language education in Western Canada. CFIS is a member of Round Square and UNESCO and obtained our International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization for the Diploma Programme and the offering of a full French IB diploma.
Grocery Card Program
The CFIS Grocery Card Program offers the CFIS community to purchase gift cards from the school at face value, with the school purchasing them at a discounted rate. Since 2006, over $345,000 has been raised from the program. In recent years, CFIS was able to purchase water bottle filling stations, permanant stage equipement for the annual musical productions, playground improvements, and purchase of a school bus.
Stores include: Calgary Co-op, Sobeys, Safeway, President's Choice (Superstore, No Frills, Loblaws), and Blush Lane.
If you would like to learn more about Spring Benefit volunteer opportunities, auction items, and sponsorship, please contact M. Ryan Caswell, Development, Community & Alumni Relations Associate E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 403.240.1500 ext 114
If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at CFIS, please contact Ryan Caswell, Development, Community & Alumni Relations Associate E: email@example.com T: 403.240.1500 ext 114