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Philanthropy at ZIS

ZIS Middle School student with slinkies during a science experiment

We Built this School

The school’s founders, with philanthropic support from parents and organizations, established the American International School of Zurich (AISZ) in the Spinnergut Villa in Kilchberg in 1963.

They established it as a non-profit school – guaranteeing that every franc of income would be spent on supporting education. Donations are tax deductible for Swiss and American taxpayers.

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At ZIS, we deliver an education for a changing world. We want every student to thrive, and to make their own impact locally and globally. 

Our ability to evolve has been made possible by the generosity of several generations of donors who recognize the value of the ZIS Experience in supporting our children to shape a better world.


Strategic Giving Priorities

Our giving priorities reflect our mission and values. They support the implementation of our strategic plan and impact the ZIS Experience.

Impact of Giving

From humble beginnings to the world class international school of today, we are indebted to the vision, determination and commitment of many former and current members of our community. The generosity of our parents, alumni, staff, corporations and friends ensures our forward thinking and dynamic approach, maintains our position at the forefront of international education.  

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How to Support Us

There are many ways to be involved at ZIS and we are enormously grateful for your support. All acts of generosity whether time, talent and donations, are an endorsement of our ambition to provide an education that ensures children develop a lifelong love of learning. 

Request a meeting to discuss how you can help support us - contact Michaela Seeger, Director of Community Relations, at

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Impact of Giving

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ZIS Director, Lisa Lyle

Not for Profit

ZIS’s education-first status is fundamental to its ethos, but what does it really mean to be a non-profit school in the 21st century?

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ZIS Middle School PE teacher talks about the new Triple Gym

The Campaign for ZIS

Middle School PE Teacher, James Ramsay, talks about the new Triple Gym and how it will support integration with the local community as well as the impact it will have on ZIS students. 

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Annual Fund 2019

ZIS Annual Fund 2019/20

Hear about the projects that were supported by the Annual Fund during the school year 2019/20 and the impact they had on students at ZIS.

Why I Give

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Dan Holzmann

I believe in the power of education and think it is worthwhile to invest in. In fact, one of the best uses of money is for bettering the educational system, for the kids, the future. 

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Past Fundraising

Middle School students play a game on the terrace of the new middle school

The new Secondary Campus is more than a new Middle School building. Read about the ways the new campus is transforming school life for Middle and Upper School students.

Strategic Plan

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At ZIS, we deliver an education for a changing world. We want every student to thrive, and to make their own impact locally and globally. Learning more about our strategic plan. 

ZIS Foundation

ZIS Foundation

The Zurich International School Foundation, Inc. is a U.S. non-profit organization with the mission of supporting education, and Zurich International School in particular.  You make a US Tax deductable donation in US Dollars here.