Giving at Atlanta International School 

Atlanta International School (AIS) is an intentionally inclusive community, and as such, AIS is committed to managing tuition and providing need-based financial aid to make the school accessible to more students and families. AIS is also a nonprofit school and is recognized by the United States as a 501(c)(3) organization. Much like other nonprofit universities, colleges and schools in the United States, AIS’s financial model sets tuition deliberately below the cost of educating a student. To fill the gap between the actual cost of educating students and income from tuition alone, just like other nonprofit universities, colleges and schools, AIS must raise annual operating funds.

At AIS, the main sources of income beyond tuition include: The Eagles Fund, our annual giving program; Georgia GOAL, a state tax-credit program for need-based financial aid funds; and the Spring Benefit, our annual globally-themed gala and auction event. From time to time as capital and infrastructure needs arise, AIS will implement special capital fundraising campaigns.

Ultimately, all gifts to AIS allow the school the financial flexibility to be an intentionally inclusive community and operate with a balance budget.  

The Eagles Fund

The Eagles Fund provides the vital difference between what is ordinary and what is extraordinary about the AIS experience. 

It takes the collective annual participation in the Eagles Fund from  parents, alumni, faculty and staff, trustees and friends to create learning opportunities that will allow our faculty and students to be a force for positive change in the world.

Participation in the Eagles Fund is always our first priority for gifts to the school. If you are interested in making a gift or have questions, please feel free to reach out to Charlotte Smith, Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, by phone at 404-841-3887 or email at

Financial Aid Tax Credit Program

As an intentionally inclusive community, AIS must have a robust need-based financial aid program. AIS leverages a partnership with Georgia GOAL, a student scholarship organization, to raise financial aid dollars  through the Georgia qualified educational expense tax credit program. Everyone required to pay taxes in Georgia, including individuals, families, and corporations/partnerships, may apply through Georgia GOAL to donate funds to a designated AIS financial aid fund; then, each donor receives a 1:1 tax credit for their following year's Georgia taxes. 

Since 2009, AIS has awarded over $2,500,000 in need-based finaical aid through GOAL for students and families who would not otherwise be able to enroll at AIS.  

Apply today by visiting Applications for 2020 tax credits are still available. For more information and application support, contact Charlotte Smith, Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, by phone at 404-841-3887 or email at

Spring Benefit

Each year Atlanta International School hosts the school's largest annual fundraising event for 500+ guests and transports them to a unique destination for an evening of special performances, entertainment, dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing. This year, guests will Venture to Australia on Saturday, May 2, 2020, beginning at 6 P.M.  All proceeds from the Spring Benefit direclty support students through enhancements to need-based financial aid and continual improvements to the school's campus in order to provide the very best setting for learning.

Development Team

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Charlotte Smith

    Charlotte Smith 

    Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship
  • Photo of Pierrette Maillet

    Pierrette Maillet 

    Director of Alumni Relations
  • Photo of Venetia Mott

    Venetia Mott 

    Database and Research Manager
  • Photo of Kelley Turnbull Shaffer

    Kelley Turnbull Shaffer 

    Special Events Manager
  • Photo of MaryElena Gagon

    MaryElena Gagon 

    Development Assistant

Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12, featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA