The Berkeley Fund FAQ's

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What does my contribution go toward?

    Supplements tuition dollars to give our teachers well-earned salary increases; provides teaching tools and equipment to enhance our children’s classroom, athletic and fine arts opportunities; and subsidizes our endowment program, which in turn helps keep tuition affordable.

  • Why do you ask me to give when I already pay tuition?

    Because tuition alone does not cover the actual expense of educating your child. The actual cost per student is approximately $1,800 above the cost of tuition. Families who give to the Berkeley Fund subsidize the true cost of a Berkeley education.
  • Why don’t you just charge more tuition?

    We want Berkeley to be affordable to every qualified student and so we try to keep tuition reasonable.
  • How much should I give?

    Only you can determine the amount of your gift to Berkeley. We encourage every family to make Berkeley a philanthropic priority. By our example, we teach our students – our future leaders – the value of giving generously to help others. There are gift clubs to suit anyone’s comfort level. The Annual Report of Giving is an excellent guide when determining your own gift level.

  • Do I have to send a check right away?

    No, you can pledge your gift now and indicate a payment schedule that is most convenient for you and we will be happy to remind you when your pledge is due. All pledges should be paid in full by the end of Berkeley’s fiscal year on June 30. Gifts may be paid by cash, check, stock transfer or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). You may also set up an electronic transfer schedule. Alternatively, contact the Development Office to find out how easy it is to donate appreciated stock.
  • How will you recognize my gift to the Berkeley Fund?

    Your gift to Berkeley will be recognized in the Berkeley Annual Report of Giving unless you specify it as an anonymous gift. In addition, donors who give $2,500 or more to the Berkeley Fund each year are designated as members of the Society for Excellence and are recognized at a special party and have reserved seating at year-end events.
  • Do the faculty and staff give to the Berkeley Fund?

    Our wonderful faculty and staff have given 100% for the past eight years!
  • Who leads the Berkeley Fund - annual giving efforts?

    Each year a Chair and Co-Chair are selected from the Board of Trustees. They in turn recruit Parent volunteers to assist them by writing letters and making phone calls to peers about the Berkeley Fund and it’s importance to Berkeley. The alumni also have a Chair and class representatives who work together to reach goals set by the Board of Trustees. All volunteers work with the Office of Institutional Advancement.
  • What is the Berkeley Fund?

    Every year all Berkeley parents, faculty, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents and friends are asked to make an annual gift of any size to help bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of educating your child.


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