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CIS Fundraising Resources

Why do we fundraise? The CIS PTA focuses a lot of energy on fundraising, and some families may be wondering why we do it. The San Francisco school district pays for our teacher salaries and provides some funding for school supplies; the PTA pays for everythign else -- literacy tools (guided readers and books for the library in Chinese and English); dance, music and art classes for students; techology in the classroom (ELMO projectors and laptop computers); supplemental teacher training, workshops and classes; recess monitors and Playworks-like coaching – and a whole lot more. Your donations help improve the quality of CIS and make a significant difference in your child’s experience at the school.

CIS has two major fundraising activities each year:

  1. The Annual Fund is a direct appeal to all CIS families for a donation that goes directly to the PTA. This happens in the fall from roughly October through December. All Annual Fund donations are tax-deductible and qualify for corporate matching.
  2. The Auction/Gala is an evening of fun and festivity where CIS families and friends come together to bid on some amazing donated items, and all profits benefit CIS. This year's Gala will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Scottish Rite Center. The co-chairs are Bernardo Merino and Cynthia Alvarez; if you're interested in learning more about the Gala or want to volunteer, please reach out to Bernardo and Cynthia..

If you have questions about general CIS fundraising please contact Kelly Ng VP of Fundraising for the CIS PTA. 

Corporate Matching Programs

Any donation you make to the CIS PTA is tax deducible and may qualify for corpoarte matching as well. If your company doesn’t appear on this list, don’t fear! Many companies provide corporate matching funds for tax-deductible donations, so ask your Human Resources department if your company partiicpates in a matching program. Here’s a list of companies that we know for certain participate:

  • Adobe
  • AOL
  • Apple
  • Blackrock
  • Charles Schwab
  • Chevron
  • EBay
  • Gap
  • Genentech
  • Google
  • Kaiser Permanente (Community Giving Campaign)
  • Oracle
  • PG&E
  • Razorfish
  • RealNetwork
  • State Farm
  • Symantec
  • TPG Capital
  • Wells Fargo
  • …and many more

Employer Match Information
Name of nonprofit organization: Chinese Immersion School at De Avila PTA
Tax ID Number: 94-3216902

Address: 1250 Waller Street, SF CA 94117
Contact: Adoria Lim, PTA Treasurer

There are also many other “passive” programs that give CIS a revenue share or cut of sales if you just use a specific link or code to start your shopping experience. Please use these when you can and encourage your friends and relatives to use them too. If you’re aware of other programs that aren’t on this list, please let us know!

Shopping Programs: – a percentage of your sales go back to CIS:

Box Tops – collection box on table next to office

CIS Zazzle – purchase more CIS merchandise (

eScrip – Safeway and other participating retailers (http// school ID # 500022428)

Jamba Juice - Sign up and activate your card; a portion of your purchase will go back to CIS (

Labels for Education – collection box on table next to office

Lucky Savemart S.H.A.R.E.S card – Use your S.H.A.R.E.S card and a portion of your purchase will go to CIS

Rainbow Groceries – 10% back to the local school of your choice

Safeway – Register your Safeway card on eScrip (http//

Scholastic Online – Use your classroom code to earn free books (

Social Transactions - CIS automatically gets a percentage from multiple retailers (

Sports Basement – mention CIS and get 10% off your purchase and 5% goes back to CIS

Target Take Charge of Education – enroll your Target RedCard and a portion of purchase will go to our school ( School ID #152747)