At GISSV, our primary commitment is to help our students achieve academic and personal success. A high-quality bilingual education requires an exceptional faculty, a curriculum that develops fluency, creativity and competency and the generous involvement of our community.
Like every independent school in the U.S., GISSV, an incorporated nonprofit organization, relies on the support of our community to sustain and enhance the educational experience of our students. We encourage all parents to actively participate in the life of our school and provide financial support beyond tuition.
This section of our website features the many opportunities you have to contribute to this special place.
Thank you in advance for your active interest in GISSV! You make a difference not only to our students, but to our entire school community.
From parents, teachers, and staff to alumni, their families and friends, every person can play a significant role in our present and future. Your participation is the key to our success.
Here’s a quick look at GISSV’s fundraising initiatives:
Events and Sales
Attending our special events is a great way to support our school financially while participating in fun activities, celebrating German traditions and building community.
- The German Holiday Market in downtown Mountain View invites people of all ages to experience authentic German cuisine and traditions (including arts and crafts, specially crafted beers and Glühwein (mulled wine), sausages, pretzels and cookies, holiday music and entertainment) as well as the atmosphere of a traditional German "Weihnachtsmarkt".
- GISSV Gala & Auction - A community building and fundraising gala event with auction to help raise funds for a dedicated cause.
- The annual GISSV San Francisco Lantern Festival is a fun family event including crafts, lantern making, German food & drinks and a lantern parade.
- The Rummage Sale in Mountain View offers the opportunity to donate gently-used clothing, books, games, gear and household goods that you no longer need. During a Saturday morning sale, the public is invited to purchase these items, and all proceeds benefit GISSV.
- The Advent Wreath Sale in Mountain View enable you to experience the traditions of the holidays in Germany by buying fabulous advent wreaths homemade by GISSV parents
The Annual Fund is the foremost component of GISSV’s fundraising efforts. It provides an immediate, yearly opportunity to perpetuate GISSV’s high academic standards. Gifts of all sizes ensure that the GISSV experience remains consistently exceptional for every student, every year.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Matching gifts from your employer are a great way to leverage additional dollars to support GISSV.
Many companies offer a matching program and will double or triple their employees’ support of a nonprofit organizations. Call your HR Department to find out more.
Below is a list of companies that offer matching gifts and may match your gift to GISSV. If your company offers matching gifts, but is not included, please let us know so we can keep the list updated.
GISSV is grateful to these companies and to you for choosing to support our school.
Giving Made Simple
There are many ways to give to GISSV. We invite you to choose the way that is most convenient and meaningful for you. Every gift is much appreciated and enhances the education of every child at GISSV.
Online - Credit Card or eCheck: Visit our secure online payment site:
Cash or Check: GISSV/ Development Department, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
Feel free to spread them across your yearly budget!
GISSV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax number is 77-0530703. Gifts are in most cases, fully tax-deductible.