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 projects that this year’s Nido Fund will support. Annual giving touches every student, in every grade, every year. We hope that you will consider investing in Nido students today and help us grow together for the future.
- Nido Fund 2019-2020 (without restrictions)
- Financial Aid
- Nido Arts Program
- Nido Athletics Program
- Community Engagement
- Curriculum Enhancements
Our financial aid program is used to support exceptional students whose parents need some assistance paying their tuition fees. Nido offers financial aid packages covering up to a maximum of 50% of the annual tuition on a means-tested basis. This year, we are supporting 60 students on financial aid. This is more than ever before, thanks to generous donations to this fund.
Nido Neighbors Endowment Fund
The Neighbors of Nido Endowment Fund will provide full scholarships for students who would not otherwise have been able to attend Nido. Preference will be given to children of the Nido support staff who live in close proximity to the school. Lo Barnechea, once a rural village, now home to Nido, is shared between residents from extremely diverse social and economic backgrounds. The scholarship's purpose is to bridge these gaps and facilitate the sharing of one of Lo Barnechea's biggest resources––the International School Nido de Aguilas. The endowment will grow until the cost of one student's tuition can be covered, at which time, the School will define in details the application and award process.
Alumni Scholarship Fund
Founded by the Class of 1992 to honor the memory of their classmate Julian Carcamo, this fund supports children of alumni in financial need. Contributions to this fund will ensure that alumni can send their own children to Nido, regardless of the financial situation. Thanks to this fund, this year seven alumni children are receiving financial aid.
Here at Nido our students have access to a fantastic range of creative activities including art, music, drama, and dance. Each year, Nido puts on a range of musicals, plays, concerts and much more, all in our state-of-the-art theater. In order to ensure that students continue to enjoy the Nido arts program, we need your support to fund these productions and to invest in new musical instruments and art supplies.
Sports have always been an integral part of a Nido education; in fact Waldo Stevenson chose the school’s location because it would allow students’ education to take place both in the classroom and in the green hills surrounding us. At Nido, sports covers so much more than just PE class. Donations to our athletics program will enable us to invest in improvements to our facilities.
Nido has a long history of community engagement, ever since our very early days in Peñalolén. Nido students “learn by doing” and regular interaction with their immediate environment, neighbors and relevant stakeholders is a practice that has been ingrained in the school for 85 plus years.
Two years ago Nido implemented a training program, hosting public school teachers from underperforming schools to come to campus over the summer break and be trained (free of charge) by Nido teachers. The program is called “Summer Town” and is aimed at equipping public school English teachers with project based learning tools to in turn implement in their own classrooms upon their return. The program is a massive hit, so much so that the demand exceeds the supply and resources of the School. It has also spawned similar community engagement ideas and proposals that hold tremendous potential, but of course require investments that the school does not always count on.
Nido is unwavering in its stance to provide the best liberal arts education possible, and community support for cutting-edge curriculum and innovative classroom practices that show promise are indispensable. While the school spends considerable resources in this area, more are needed.
Over the past decade technology has made rapid inroads into the tools portion of teaching. Technology not only introduces students to new ways of absorbing and processing information, but also how to in turn use said technology (a vital component prior to entering into the working world) and communicate the same information to others.
Technological tools such as 3D printers or interactive Smart Boards are fundamental in today’s learning context. Items like these are sometimes tricky to forecast and budget three or two years prior due to how rapidly the technology evolves. Community support for technological curriculum enhancements equips the best teachers in the world with the best tools in the world.