The Nido Fund
What is the Nido Fund?
The Nido Fund is an annual giving program providing the greater Nido community with the opportunity to make contributions to the school in support of priority projects that enrich the student experience.
Founded as a non-profit educational foundation, since 1934, Nido has relied on the generosity of its community — founders, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, and friends — to create the dynamic and innovative school that it is today. Nido’s core values — engagement, ingenuity, adaptability, generosity, and happiness — reflect our history and our future as we educate students to be compassionate contributors to their communities and the world.
The Nido Fund gives parents, alumni, friends, and companies the opportunity to support Nido with charitable contributions that are tax-deductible and to make a real difference for current Nido students. Donations of all sizes support Nido’s growth, and donors will receive an official donation certificate (“certificado de donacion”), in in accordance with Chilean law.
Featured here are the highlights of the five projects that this year’s Nido Fund will support. Annual giving touches every student, in every grade, every year. This September, Nido will send our community its first annual appeal for donations to the Fund. We hope that you will consider investing in Nido students today and help us grow together for the future.
Collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking — key skills for life that are developed through facing challenges, finding your hidden strengths, and persevering. Nido is building an adventure-based challenge program that will be a platform for students to develop their leadership skills and confront their perceived personal limits and boundaries. The challenge course will be utilized across divisions and in specific semester-long PE classes in the High School.
Inspiring curiosity, playfulness, and innovation, MakerSpaces are centers where people gather to create, design, and build. Nido is creating two student-centered MakerSpaces on campus, one for the Elementary School, and one for the Middle and High School. Throughout all grades, faculty will use the spaces to integrate a higher level of technology into student learning. In the Middle and High School, students will also use the MakerSpace for their technology classes and electives. In the future, the Nido MakerSpaces will be used for extracurricular programming and community activities.
Audiences have been filling the seats in our beautiful theater to hear Nido students’ outstanding band and string orchestra ensemble performances. Music, together with the Nido arts program, nurtures our students’ creativity and ingenuity. Nido Fund contributions will support new instruments for the Elementary School to begin building the instrumental music program (strings, woodwinds, and brass) at a younger age, allowing students to reach higher levels of mastery in music. In High School, additional keyboards would support musicianship, composition, and technical music skill development for all of Nido’s musicians.
Nido is launching a financial aid program to provide partial financial aid scholarships on the basis of need and merit. This program, which will pilot in 2017, will provide need-based financial aid to current Nido families and will also target families that value Nido's unique educational experience and students who will be outstanding contributors to our School.