Fundraising

CIS Fundraising Resources

Why do we fundraise? The CIS PTA focuses a lot of energy on fundraising, and some families may be wondering why we do it. The San Francisco school district pays for our teacher salaries and provides some funding for school supplies; the PTA pays for everythign else -- literacy tools (guided readers and books for the library in Chinese and English); dance, music and art classes for students; techology in the classroom (ELMO projectors and laptop computers); supplemental teacher training, workshops and classes; recess monitors and Playworks-like coaching – and a whole lot more. Your donations help improve the quality of CIS and make a significant difference in your child’s experience at the school.

CIS has two major fundraising activities each year

  • The Annual Fund is a direct appeal to all CIS families for a donation that goes directly to the PTA. This happens in the fall from roughly October through December. All Annual Fund donations are tax-deductible and qualify for corporate matching.
  • The Auction/Gala (plus raffle ticket sales) is an evening of fun and festivity where CIS families and friends come together to bid on some amazing donated items, and all profits benefit CIS. The Gala is preceded by a raffle ticket sale, and the raffle winners are chosen at the Gala.

Corporate Matching Programs

Any donation you make to the CIS PTA is tax deducible and may qualify for corporate matching as well. If your company doesn’t appear on this list, don’t fear! Many companies provide corporate matching funds for tax-deductible donations, so ask your Human Resources department if your company participates in a matching program. Here’s a list of companies that we know for certain participate:

  • Adobe
  • AOL
  • Apple
  • Blackrock
  • Charles Schwab
  • Chevron
  • EBay
  • Gap
  • Genentech
  • Google
  • Kaiser
  • Oracle
  • PG&E
  • Razorfish
  • RealNetwork
  • State Farm
  • Symantec
  • TPG Capital
  • Wells Fargo

…and many more


Employer Match Information
Name of nonprofit organization: Chinese Immersion School at De Avila PTA
Tax ID Number: 94-3216902

Address: 1250 Waller Street, SF CA 94117

There are also many other “passive” programs that give CIS a revenue share or cut of sales if you just use a specific link or code to start your shopping experience. Please use these when you can and encourage your friends and relatives to use them too. If you’re aware of other programs that aren’t on this list, please let us know!