Fundraising at GIS

The German International School thrives on the generosity of our community. There are many ways you can take an active role in fostering the school’s mission and ensuring the best possible educational environment for students. 

How We Fund Our School

  • Tuition covers approximately 80% of the school’s operational needs.
  • Support from the German Government covers about 5% of our operational needs. The  Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen  (ZfA), provides financial support based on enrollment, income, expenses, and growth.
  • We make up the income gap with fundraising and other earned income sources.

Why We Conduct Fundraising

Fundraising (a) keeps tuition reasonable, (b) provides a modest financial assistance program, and (c) maintains the high standards of excellence through distinguishing curriculum and programs such as arts, sports, music, science, and the IB Program.  

Employee Gift Matching Programs

Did you know you can increase your support for the German International School at no cost to you?

  • Companies like Intel, Nike, NVIDIA, Anchor, B of A, Boeing, U.S. Bank, Tektronix Foundation and many others support causes that are important to their employees, retired employees and their spouses by matching their charitable gifts!
  • Please check to see if your employer participates in a Matching Gift Program… Your gift may be matched or even tripled by your company!

We are grateful for your generosity and hope you will take great pride in the important difference your gift makes. 

Thank you to the following companies for supporting our school through their employee gift matching programs:

Ways to Give

ExÜBERance in Learning Campaign

Donations to this fund are critical. It takes the support of our community to bridge the funding gap and provide the excellent, bilingual education that we offer. Your fundraising dollars help pay for crutial items such as faculty compensation, teacher training, long-term improvements to our building and other top priorities to improve the educational experience of our students.  Within the  ExÜBERance in Learning Campaign, there are three additional giving categories if you prefer to choose how your funds get spent.  Click on the "Donate" button below to contribute to our campaign.   

Donate today!

Day of Giving

Let’s meet our goals for the  ExÜBERance in Learning Fund  during our first, annual, on-line “Day of Giving” event.  More information is coming!

GIS Fall Fundraiser

This limited capacity event features a four-course meal at Saucebox, paired with local wines and a video light show by Andrew Wade Smith with support from Ensemble Esprit string quartet.  Read more about the Fall Fundraiser and buy tickets today.

German Holiday Market

We are excited to partner with the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Tree Lighting Ceremony to host an outdoor German Holiday Market at the Downtown City Park (near the Beaverton Library).  Shop here for all the classics, like nutcrackers, advent calendars, pyramids and handmade German ornaments.  Enjoy great entertainment along with German food and drink.  All proceeds support GIS.  Read more about the German Holiday Market.

GIS Annual Spring Auction

The GIS auction will take place at the renowned Ecotrust building in Portland. Guests will enjoy comedy, a plated dinner, wine and cocktails and have the opportunity to support the school through a wide array of silent and live auction items.  Read more about the Spring Auction


Please consider donating a unique product or service for the spring auction, or procure an auction item from a local business.  Please inquire with our  Development Director  for more information. 

GIS Fund Run

This first ever GIS event will raise funds, school spirit and improve physical fitnessStudents solicit pledges of financial support from friends, relatives, and neighbors. After the run, students collect donations based on their pledges and their personal performance. Read more about the Fund Run.


Sponsors of GIS events receive great visibility and benefits.  Consider having your business (or your employer) join the  list of companies  who provide funding to GIS while receiving terrific marketing and promotion exposure.

Other Forms of Fundraising

Restricted Gifts and In-Kind Gifts

From time to time, GIS accepts gifts for special and specific needs.  Please inquire with the Development Director for more information.     

Employee Matching

Many companies like Nike and Intel offer employee matching donations for your contributions to our school, including volunteer hours.  Please inquire with your human resources department. 

Volunteering at GIS

Family and community support is a vital part of our school. We need and appreciate your time and talents!  We have many opportunities from chaperoning a field trip to working at an event.  Become a GIS volunteer!

Shopping for GIS

Amazon Smile

You can raise money for GIS just by shopping on Amazon.  Just log in  here. Please note that we are listed under our previous name (German American School of Portland) since this is tied directly to our Tax ID number.

Fred Meyer Community Giving

Raise money for our school just by registering your Fred Meyer card.  It takes 2 minutes to do online. In less than 2 minutes you can  create an account here  and enter our nonprofit number: 81771. 


Earn money for our school each time you do a seach online. Our school also benefitseach time you purchase an item using GoodSearch.

Red Robin

GIS enthusiasts can translate 1% of their spending at Red Robin into donations for GIS by simply using their Red Robin Loyalty card. Register for a Red Robins Loyalty card, then search for our school here using the phrase "German American Sch-Portland", and start earning for the school today!

Giving Assistant

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Thank You! We are extremely grateful to all who participate in GIS’s fundraising to help meet our financial goals and continue to make the school the best it can be.

The German International School is a 501c3 Non-profit Organization dedicated to education.

TIN 93 117 8397

Fundraising and Development 2015-2016