Frequently asked questions about supporting the DLI Foundation (DLIF).

  1. Why does DLIF need private support?

    ⇒ Contrary to popular belief, the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is not funded solely by federal tax dollars. While the school’s core programs receive federal support, many projects and activities that are of great value (but outside of the ‘core’ designation) receive minimal to zero funding from the government. Thus, the fundraising efforts of DLIF are important factors in the Foundation’s ability to maintain the excellence of its entire experience. DLIF functions as the school’s fundraising arm because military personnel and representatives of the federal government are prohibited by law from soliciting donations of funds, goods, or services.
  2. Is my gift tax deductible?

    ⇒ DLIF is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California. Gifts to DLIF are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
  3. What is the DLIF tax ID number?

    ⇒ 45-3825467
  4. What’s the difference between a fund and an endowment?

    ⇒ A fund provides the means for donors to make gifts to DLIFLC and for those dollars to have an immediate impact on the institution’s greatest needs. An endowment is comprised of donations to an institution with the stipulation that the gift be invested to compensate for inflation and recessions in future years. Gifts to an endowment continue to grow over time and provide a constant, reliable source of income. A combination of current-use dollars (Annual Fund) and long-term investment (the endowments) allows DLIF to manage both short- and long-term needs effectively.
  5. How do I restrict a gift?

    ⇒ To restrict your gift to a specific use or purpose just send a note along with your check or online donation and designate what you would like your gift to support (i.e., a Class Gift Fund, a student activity, an identified space at the Presidio).
  6. What is a Class Gift Fund?

    ⇒ A Class Gift Fund is a tangible account where funds designated to a particular class year reside until the class presents a gift to a chosen DLIFLC need. Gifts made to the Class Gift Fund are not disbursed for immediate use but remain in the fund until the class directs a transfer to the DLIFLC at their graduation or reunion.
  7. How do I know what my class year is?

    ⇒ Class years are considered to be the year in which your language rotation graduated or was due to graduate. Some alumni will have more than one class year and may designate one as their “preferred” year or maintain a relationship with all.
  8. What if I didn’t graduate, am I still considered an alumna/us of DLI?

    ⇒ Yes! The DLIF gladly welcomes non-grad alumni to participate in all Foundation activities and events.
  9. What are the primary sources of private funds?

    ⇒ Graduates, parents, friends, board members, foundations and corporations, and matching gifts.
  10. What is the Professional Development Fund?

    ⇒ DLIF is committed to teaching excellence at each of the satellite facilities of DLIFLC. The Professional Development Fund will award monetary support to faculty and staff members who desire to further their foreign language teaching skills.
  11. Have a question that wasn’t answered here?

    ⇒ Please send your question to