How GIF Helps Kids

How the Foundation Helps

Our goal at the German Immersion Foundation (GIF) is simple: to provide the extra support necessary to maintain and build excellence in a German Immersion program that has won national and international acclaim.

The Foundation provides funding in the form of grants to teachers, staff and community members. Programs funded in the past include:

  • Special in-service training for new teachers prior to the start of the regular school year.
  • Attendance of staff members at educator’s conferences, methods seminars, or other professional development activities.
  • Tuition grants for children to attend Goethe House German language summer program.
  • Funding for educational and cultural activities to enhance student trips abroad.
  • Funding for classroom technology and educational tools.
  • Funding for interns from Germany to work with students in the schools as teaching assistants.
  • Support for school families hosting interns from Germany.


Foundation grants are evaluated by a Grants Review Committee, which is comprised of school staff members, a school administrator, and Foundation board members to ensure only the most beneficial programs are funded. The Foundation is flexible in the types of requests it will consider. All grant proposals must be consistent with the Foundation’s mission of furthering educational excellence at the schools.

The German Immersion Foundation supports the Milwaukee German Immersion School (MGIS) and the Milwaukee School of Languages (MSL) German program to help maintain a K-12 German Immersion option for Milwaukee students. Foundation contributions help provide much-needed programs, technology, ongoing development and scholarships otherwise not covered by the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS).

While GIF is unable to directly fund operational needs, its contributions in other areas provide additional flexibility for both schools to allocate their funds where there is the largest need.

It also provides the critical 501(c)(3) status enabling the schools to raise funding from private and public foundations and grant organizations that only donate to groups with non-profit status. Funds that are not spent during a given year are put into reserves to grow interest and allow for future program support as needs arise.