Investing in Current and Future Generations

The WIS endowment plays an important role in promoting financial stability and sustainability at WIS. In the near term, the endowment delivers critical budget support for current students, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle for long-term growth to ensure the School will be well equipped to address future priorities and needs. 

Interested donors can donate to existing funds, or establish a named fund as part of the WIS endowment, at any time. If you are interested in donating to an existing endowment fund, please visit our endowment giving page. WIS’s minimum to establish a named endowed fund is $100,000. Contact Associate Director of Advancement Gerad Teague at 202.283.1816 or gerad.teague@wis.edu to learn more.


As of June 30, 2023, the WIS endowment stands at $8,721,947, and is composed of funds in the following categories:

Program Funds

Program funds support a diverse array of initiatives at WIS, including but not limited to: service and learning exchange opportunities, social justice and equity projects, professional development for teachers and staff, climate and environmental studies, and residency programs.  

Financial Aid Funds

Financial Aid funds supplement WIS’s annual financial aid budget, allowing the School to provide larger awards to a greater number of deserving families. WIS’s financial aid budget for FY2021-22 was $4.25 million, which provided 136 students with an average grant of $31,509. 

Unrestricted & Quasi Endowment Funds

Unrestricted endowment funds can be used at the School’s discretion to support areas of greatest need. However, to promote endowment growth, income from unrestricted funds is currently being reinvested as a permanent addition to the endowment’s principal.


The WIS endowment has grown from around $30,000 in 2003 to more than $8.7 million today. However, it remains small relative to other schools in WIS's cohort. Building a robust endowment will provide additional resources for critical investments in the best faculty and staff, a talented and diverse student body, cutting-edge facilities and technology, professional development and training for teachers and staff, service and learning opportunities, and much more.

Destination WIS

WIS is in year three of our five-year comprehensive campaign, Destination WIS. As a part of this campaign, we aim to double the size of our Financial Aid endowment from $3 million to $6 million, which would grow the total endowment from $8.4 million at the start of the campaign to about $11.5 million by 2026. We are pleased to report that, to date, we have already raised more than $2 million for the Financial Aid endowment. At WIS, we firmly believe access to a first-rate education should not be limited by a family’s ability to pay. As such, the School is committed to expanding both accessibility and socioeconomic diversity—a key strength of our exemplary learning community—by increasing this important source of financial aid funding.

Through the course of the campaign, we have also recently established a new financial aid fund in memory of former music teacher Larry Vincent. Larry left a generous bequest to the WIS and, in accordance with his wishes, we have created the Larry Vincent Memorial Fund, which each year supports WIS's financial aid budget to help ensure a WIS education is accessible to students from all backgrounds.

Program Funds

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Financial Aid Funds