International Festival and Auction (IFA)

The 23rd Annual IFA will be held on Saturday, December 2!

The International Festival and Auction (IFA) has a long and vital history. The Birchwood School of Hawken Parents Committee began the IFA 23 years ago as a celebration of Birchwood’s multicultural community and a source of health insurance funding for Birchwood’s teachers and staff. Since then, the IFA has evolved into the school’s single-largest fundraiser. It is also an opportunity for families to come together in support of the school and spend a singular afternoon filled with food, music, children’s activities, auctions, and raffles!

Purchase Tickets / Make a Donation

Click here to purchase tickets, make a donation, or browse auction items and join us on Saturday, December 2! We will be in Fogarty Hall having a great time! We hope to see you.

Proceeds from the IFA Support two Main Areas:

First are Birchwood’s Signature Programs: opportunities and competitions designed to provide children rich educational experiences seldom found in traditional classrooms and which extend learning in meaningful ways. With the support of the Birchwood community, it is possible to cover the costs of competition fees, offer travel scholarships, provide prep materials and, of course, staff each academic team with extraordinary Birchwood teachers. All of this without having to charge families more to participate!

Second, the IFA supports professional development. Teachers are the heart of Birchwood School of Hawken. Students at Birchwood succeed because our teachers are subject-matter specialists capable of differentiating and individualizing curriculum so that all students meet and exceed their potential. Thus, continuing education and the personal intellectual and character development for each teacher is a vital component of superior education.

IFA Solicitation Letter & Donation Drop-off Form

Thank you for visiting your favorite places for donations for the IFA raffles. Please bring the solicitation letter below as you visit all your favorite places.

Solicitation Letter

Donations may be dropped off in the main office. Please complete and attach a donation drop-off form with each donated item.

Donation Drop-off Form


The silent auction featured as part of the December International Festival and Auction (IFA) featured some wonderful items, all to benefit Signature Programs offered at Birchwood School of Hawken.