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The 1983 Class Stone Embedded on Campus Grounds


Whether “sayonara” or “goodbye,” farewells can be some of the most difficult words to speak—and even more heightened at an international school. Each June, ASIJ’s senior walk is an opportunity for students, teachers and staff to give a hug, share a moment and offer congratulations to graduating seniors.

An important lesson learned is that, just as one takes something on to the next step of the journey, so too should one make sure to give back, to leave something behind. Each year’s graduating class literally cements their time at ASIJ by designing a stone to be added to the courtyard. This tangible sign of presence and passage eloquently echoes countless other ways that students leave their mark on the school.

At schools like ASIJ, tuition will never provide the sole funding necessary to support the variety of academic and co-curricular offerings. Independent schools in the United States have traditionally relied on the steadiness of a strong endowment to afford the financial continuity necessary for long-term success. ASIJ’s endowment funds were established relatively recently and are significantly below that of many comparable schools in the United States.

In 2019, the PTA boosted our endowment with a gift of ¥100 million, but to ensure long-term financial stability we need to continue to grow our endowed funds.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a long-term fundraising option that enables individuals to make charitable donations that consider the personal and family needs of the donor. Planned gifts are usually made of assets, rather than current income, and are a tax- effective means of giving to the school. ASIJ’s Advancement Office can help you create a meaningful gift plan tailored to your philanthropic and financial needs. While there are often tax and other financial benefits associated with planned giving, the most meaningful reward is knowing that your gift will have an impact on future generations of students.

Planned giving can include:

• Simple bequests of funds
• Gifts of stock or property
• Making ASIJ the beneficiary of a life insurance policy
• Charitable gift annuity
• Charitable remainder trust

ASIJ community members who include ASIJ in their estate plans become members of the Gate Society and are recognized in The Ambassador and other related materials. If you have already included ASIJ in your estate plan, please let the school know so that you can be recognized and your information updated.

Please contact the Advancement Office at for more information on making a bequest, or to request guidance on how to include ASIJ in your estate.