The Lincoln Fund
The Lincoln Fund, an annual fundraising initiative, directly supports programs for students and faculty at LCS, gives parents, our alumni, and friends in the LCS community a special opportunity to support the highest current priorities of LCS through their annual philanthropic giving. The Lincoln Fund supports every element of the LCS student experience – from laboratory equipment to library and media resources; from field trips to specialized guest presenters; from innovative technology to activities programs.
Since, 2009, with generous support from parents, Board Members, teachers, staff, friends and corporations. The Lincoln fund has raised over $200,000. The contributions have made the following possible:
- a remodeled and expanded health clinic;
- a new fitness center;
- the addition of an on-campus kitchen for improved food quality;
- additional lap top computers and the introduction of Kindles for student use;
- the installation of sun screens for elementary school play areas;
- a new PTO office;
- a school store;
- a physical activities center;
- Nkomode Performing Arts Theater;
- a speaker system for NPAT.
Q&A, The Lincoln Fund
A. The Lincoln Fund is a fundraising initiative to increase the school’s resources for meeting its yearly expenses and for enhancing the current programs and experiences of our students. Tuition covers our students’ basic education; the Lincoln Fund supports the highest current priorities of our school through this annual philanthropic appeal to Trustees, parents, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff, and friends.
A. LCS relies on tuition and fees to support its existing programs and to maintain its classrooms, grounds, and buildings. Your contributions to the Lincoln Fund provide resources that directly impacts the student and faculty experience at LCS. Donations to the Lincoln Fund support all aspects of LCS operations – for example, purchasing books, innovative classroom materials, and state-of-the-art technology; modernizing facilities; providing outstanding academic and extracurricular programs.
The donations raised through the Lincoln Fund in 2013 will go towards funding one solar classroom, visual arts displays around campus, student led initiatives for campus greening, technology support and support of funding modular theater seating for MPH and NPAT.
A. Tuition covers our students’ basic educational costs. We look to the Lincoln Fund to provide additional support for programs that enhance student learning. A successful Lincoln Fund allows us to keep our tuition in line with other schools.
A.Salaries and benefits make up the largest single item in the operating expenses of international schools like LCS. By nature, high-quality schools are labor-intensive and people-oriented. In order to keep attracting high-quality teachers to LCS, salaries must remain competitive in the field. In addition, many other expenses are non-discretionary fixed costs such as utilities, service contracts,insurance and other operating costs.
A. High participation rate in the Lincoln Fund among members of our LCS community is a vote of confidence in our school. High participation rates are a sign that our parents and others invest in their children’s welfare and support our school’s vision. This percentage has a direct impact on gifts from outside sources like foundations and, in some cases, high rates of participation are required by these organizations before they will consider grant requests.
A. Giving is, of course, a personal decision. Some donors will consider their gift an additional investment in their children’s education; for others giving to LCS expresses their affection for the role the school has played in their lives. That you participate and give to the annual fund is as important as the amount you are able to give.
A. Many companies offer matching gift programs, which means that your gift may be matched one, two and sometimes three times by your employer. Please check with your Human Resources department or your company website to see if they offer matching gifts. Nestle, Vodafone (Verizon in the US), Schlumberger, Cargill, Microsoft, Shell, Alcatel Lucent, Guiness, KLM, Daewoo, Golder, Sandvikare just a few of the LCS companies that may match employee contributions.
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