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Your Donation Does a World of Good

As a public school, Lakes International Language Academy charges no tuition and we receive funding on a per-pupil basis from the State of Minnesota. We’ve also received monies from federal and private sources through grants or donations.

We manage our dollars carefully, and we’re held accountable by the Minnesota Department of Education and other entities. Every aspect of our curriculum, including teacher salaries and student computers, has been apportioned. Monetary and in-kind gifts from our community are used to enhance the educational experience for our students.  

You Can Make A Difference


GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is an annual global day of giving held in late November or early December. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea - a day that encourages people to do good. Donations are matched 1:1 thanks to the generosity of a LILA family foundation. Funds raised are targeted to a special project chosen each year. 


In 2020, the LILA community raised nearly $20,000 on Giving Tuesday! Funds were used to purchase new promethean boards at Kinder Center and Lower School.  
General Fund. Gifts to the general fund are targeted at the discretion of LILA administration. They may be used to shore up a funding gap, purchase or repair a piece of equipment, provide start-up funds for a new project or program, or support an other identified need. 

Greatest Need Fund. This fund provides basic needs support for PreK-Grade 12 students. School supplies, tennis shoes, winter outerwear, and food are a few ways this fund has been used to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families. 

Donor-Directed Gift. Are you interested in a more targeted gift? Does supporting technology, media/library resources, or the arts appeal to you? Perhaps purchasing classroom supplies or a piece of furniture or equipment? Or, maybe you’ve identified a need or project you’d like to support. Give us a call to discuss your idea. 

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What Inspires You? 

Some people donate in honor of their children. Some people donate in memory of family and friends. Some donate because they support an educational approach with a global perspective and second-language focus. Some want a tax deduction. Some recognize a need. Some appreciate recognition for the donation while others prefer anonymity. Whatever your reason, trust that your gift to Lakes International Language Academy will be used to advance our mission. Thank you for considering LILA. 

Interesting in making a gift? Contact Kathy Bystrom, Director of Advancement by phone at 651-252-6712 or email kbystrom@MyLILA.org to discuss giving options.

Lakes International Language Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are fully deductible within the limit of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for details.