Annual Fund FAQs
Berkeley Carroll is a generous school community. Parents, grandparents, and alumni volunteer their time and talent to the school as well as offer financial support. This partnership strengthens Berkeley Carroll by providing resources for our students today and ensuring that Berkeley Carroll will always be able to do its best for our students in the future.
- What is the Annual Fund?
- Why doesn't Berkeley Carroll just raise the tuition?
- Why is Annual Fund participation so important?
- How much should I give?
- How do I give to the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is Berkeley Carroll's most important fundraising effort each year. The Annual Fund supports the school's operating budget including resources for student financial aid, faculty salaries, program development, and daily operational needs. Tuition alone does not fully cover the actual cost of a Berkeley Carroll education. The Annual Fund helps close the gap through tax deductible gifts from parents, alumni, grandparents, and others. A strong Annual Fund is essential to Berkeley Carroll.
Tuition is intentionally set below the actual costs of educating each student to help keep a Berkeley Carroll education more affordable for a wider ranger of families. By asking all members of the school community to participate in the Annual Fund, Berkeley Carroll is able to both raise the resources necessary to fund its annual budget and maintain an inclusive school community.
Donating to the Annual Fund shows our community's commitment to Berkeley Carroll. Every gift is appreciated and builds participation. The percentage of Annual Fund participation is one measure of an independent school's strength and our goal is 100% participation from our current families each year.
The amount of the donation is at the discretion of the donor. Berkeley Carroll asks all members of the school community to contribute to the Annual Fund at a level that is appropriate for them. Every gift helps close the gap between tuition and the cost of a Berkeley Carroll education, and all gifts are fully tax-deductible.