The School was funded through an online campaign called StillerStrong, he launched after his 2009 trip to the country just six months before the devastating earthquake. The actor visited Haiti with the international aid organization Save the Children. Even then the country's poverty and desperation were unfathomable.
In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Stiller furthered his philanthopic efforts by establishing the Stiller Foundation, with the goal of assisting children worldwide. The organization began the Hatian School initiative to rebuild crippled institutions and their communities. In partnership with Architecture for Humanity, the program helped resurrect two badly damaged facilities – the Ecole la Dignitee in cayes de Jacmel and the Collége Mixte le Bon Berger in Montrouis– and is currently working on the Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger in Port-au-Prince.