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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the mission of the annual giving program at TAS ?

A: Giving to TAS enables Taipei American School to extend its longstanding tradition of excellence in education. Charitable support from parents, corporations, alumni, students, faculty, and staff allows the school to achieve goals that would otherwise be unattainable.

Q2: What is the TAS Annual Fund? What initiatives has it supported?

A: Contributions to the TAS Annual Fund support designated initiatives not covered by the operating budget. Special projects receiving support through giving have included: building excellence such as the Upper School Science and Technology Building, the Liu Lim Arts Center, the Upper School Gym, the Tiger Health and Wellness Center, and the renovation of the Guy Lott Jr. Auditorium; program excellence such as the Joanna Nichols Visiting Scholars, the installation of state-of-the-art science and robotics equipment, and the renovation of the Joanna Nichols Memorial Upper School Information Commons; and professional excellence such as the professional development for faculty, staff, and the Board.

Q3: What is the Hope N.F. Phillips Scholarship Fund?

A: In 2001, TAS established the Hope N.F. Phillips Scholarship Fund to provide partial scholarships—temporary tuition support—for students whose families are experiencing short-term financial difficulties. The fund allows a few students a year, who would otherwise have to leave the school because of financial hardship, to continue their education at TAS. The Hope N.F. Phillips Scholarship Fund is intended to grow into a long-term endowment that will support students at TAS for generations to come. Currently, a portion of the principal is allocated every year for scholarships. To date, 27 students have been supported.

Q4: What is the purpose of TAS’s endowment?

A: Our school’s endowment is its savings account. Gifts to endowment provide long-term financial stability for the school, ensuring that it has the resources to cover extraordinary circumstances, as well as to plan and develop for the future. Having a healthy endowment fund means that a school has an emergency reserve.

Q5: Why does TAS need a fundraising initiative?

A: TAS is a nonprofit school that relies predominately on tuition income for the entire yearly operating budget. Each year, the Board of Directors strives to keep tuition at a market-sensitive level while funding new initiatives for school improvement. Voluntary charitable contributions allow the school to strengthen its programs, faculty, and facilities at levels beyond those that can be funded through tuition alone. Contributions allow us to accelerate the implementation of the strategic plan.

Q6: What is the purpose of an annual giving program?

A: An annual giving program allows TAS to fund initiatives identified by the school in the strategic plan that tuition increases alone cannot possibly cover. An annual giving program is a program of voluntary charitable contributions to a school on an annual basis from a wide group of the school’s constituents.

Q7: Who can participate in an annual giving program?

A: Each year, parents, board members, faculty, staff, alumni, students, former parents, corporations, and other friends of the school make charitable gifts to TAS. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. The school hopes that you will make TAS one of your philanthropic priorities.

Q8: How and when can I give?

A: TAS welcomes gifts in US$ and NT$. Donations can be made by check, credit card, bank transfer, or in cash (if given in NT$ in person). Gifts can also be made online by credit card in US$. The school’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30.

Please note: To claim a gift made to TAS for tax deduction in Taiwan, the contribution must be made by check or wire transfer directly to the Private School Promotion Foundation (PSPF) and designated specifically to TAS using the required Donor Information Card.

Details for giving options are outlined in the Ways to Give section under Supporting TAS on the website.

Q9: How much should we give?

A. The school appreciates gifts of all amounts. Every gift is important to the school, as is every student. Gifts made at the Foundation Donor level and above are recognized in various ways throughout the school. Learn more about gift recognition.

Q10: Are there tax benefits for my gift?

A: Gifts made to TAS are tax-deductible in both the United States and Taiwan. The school is registered as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue code and is included in the Private School Promotion Foundation (PSPF) under Article 62 of the Taiwan Private School Law.

Please note: To claim a gift made to TAS for tax deduction in Taiwan, the contribution must be made directly to the Private School Promotion Foundation (PSPF) and designated specifically to TAS using the required Donor Information Card. The PSPF will issue a receipt directly to the donor.

Q11: How is my gift recognized?

A: Contributions to TAS are listed by name in the Annual Report by constituent group under the following giving categories:

Friend of TAS
 NT$1 - $24,999
Foundation Donor 
NT$25,000 - $49,999
Leadership Club 
NT$50,000 - $99,999 


Blue and Gold Society 
NT$100,000 - $179,999
Tiger Council
 NT$180,000 - $249,999
Legacy Circle 
NT$250,000 - $329,999
20/20 Club 
NT$330,000 - 499,999 


Cornerstone Donor 
NT$500,000 - $1,599,999
1949 Society
 NT$1,600,000 and above

Gifts at the Foundation level to our Building Excellence initiative are recognized on plaques in the Science and Technology building. Gifts at the Cornerstone Donor level and above for any initiative are recognized on leaves of our giving tree and on a book display in the main lobby. Naming opportunities are also available.

Q12: Can my gift be made anonymously?

A: Gifts may be made anonymously. However, if you make a gift through the Private School Promotion Foundation, it cannot be made anonymously. As a Taiwan government agency, the PSPF publishes the names of all donors as well as the amounts of gifts on their public website.

Q13: Is TAS eligible to receive matching gifts?

A: Yes. TAS is grateful to the corporations that support the school through generous matching gift programs that can double or triple the size of a gift to TAS. Please contact your company’s human resources department for information on matching gifts to schools.

Q14: How is the money used that is raised by the PTA at the International Food Fair and Spring Fair?

A: The PTA funds specific projects that are determined by the PTA in consultation with the school administration. The PTA allocates its proceeds across a broad range of projects that benefit the largest possible number of students; initiatives include visiting authors and artists, special equipment, and educational materials. The PTA initiatives are not part of the TAS annual giving program.

Q15: How can I get more information?

A: Please contact the Development Office at development@tas.edu.tw or 2873-9900 ext. 443 or 821.