Annual Fund

Help us achieve Burke's goals by supporting the 2020-21 Annual Fund!
Last year, the whole Burke's community came together, in a difficult time, to raise more than $1.56 million dollars. We achieved an incredible 99.7% parent participation, as well 100% participation from our Board of Trustees, our Alumnae Board, and our faculty and staff. Thank you for all of your support and your resilience and commitment through an unusual, but wonderful year!

In this 2020-21 school year, things are far from typical. This is an unprecedented time, and Burke’s is facing unprecedented need. So we need to keep our goals lofty. Our financial goal is to match last year’s efforts and raise $1.56 million for this year's Annual Fund and we are aiming to achieve 100% Parent Participation by Winter Break. 

Every year, the Annual Fund delivers nearly 10% of the school’s annual operating budget and supports a wide range of experiences at Burke’s. Among these annually are academic programs, teacher professional development, student financial assistance, and the maintenance of our classrooms and beloved 3.5-acre campus. And this year, the Annual Fund is also crucial to the funding of the innovation, improvements, and new initiatives necessitated by a global pandemic. With expanded staffing, technology upgrades, and critical health and safety priorities, your support is more important than ever. The broad reach of the Annual Fund at this time means that each student, family, and faculty member benefits from the dollars we raise.

The Annual Fund continues to make Burke’s accessible to a broader group of families, some who may not have needed financial assistance before this year and some who require more support than past years. As a community, we believe that a diverse group of students in the classroom conversations provides a complete and outstanding education for our girls. Each year, tuition is intentionally set at a level below the actual cost of educating a Burke’s girl, and we ask our community to help bridge this difference with a gift to the Annual Fund. The bridge per child for the 2020-21 school year is $5,000, and we hope families who can contribute this amount or more without hardship will stretch to give generously.

That said, gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated! Please donate online to the Annual Fund or download and mail this Annual Fund Form with your contribution. For gifts of securities, email Selena Shadle, Director of Advancement. To make a pledge, email Diana Kaw, Associate Director of Advancement.

Giving Levels

  • Visionaries Circle - $50,000 and above 
  • Founders Circle - $25,000 to $49,999
  • Second Century Society - $15,000 to $24,999
  • Legacy Leaders - $10,000 to $14,999
  • Century Circle - $5,000 to $9,999
  • Green and Gold Scholars - $1,000 to $4,999
  • Burke’s Boosters - up to $999
For more information about the Annual Fund or to make a pledge, please contact Diana Kaw, Associate Director of Advancement, at or 415.751.0187, ext. 231.

2020-21 Annual Fund Campaign Goals and Status

  1. 100
  2. 90
  3. 80
  4. 70
  5. 60
  6. 50
  7. 40
  8. 30
  9. 20
  10. 10
  11. 0
Goal $1,560,000.00
Current $1,450,000.00
Remaining $110,000.00
Goal Participation 100%
Current Participation 96%
As of Date 1/4/2021
Start Date 7/1/2020
End Date 12/18/2020
Last Year Amount $1,564,618.00
Last Year Participation 99%

Our Annual Fund Goal: 100% Parent Participation by Winter Break!

Burke's parent community has reached 99-100% participation for the last five years. With the school community's focus on safely reopening the school this fall, we adjusted our Annual Fund timeline for the 2020-21 school year, and we hope to achieve 100% before the Winter Break. We still hope that our families will pledge and donate as soon as possible, allowing volunteer and staff resources to be shifted to focus on other constituencies and important fundraising efforts in the spring. Most importantly, by contributing early with this timeline, our critical Annual Fund donations can still start working for our 400 students early in the school year when they are so urgently needed.

Burke's Loyalty Society

Donors who contribute to the Annual Fund nine consecutive years or more become members of the Burke's Loyalty Society. Loyalty Society members are the foundation of the Annual Fund and their longtime support is honored and deeply appreciated. Their consistent giving allows Burke’s to maintain its high standard of excellence and ensures that every student will receive the tools necessary to thrive.

For more information about the Loyalty Society membership benefits and to see a list of our 2018-19 Loyals, please visit the Loyalty Society page.
The Annual Fund provides much-needed income to balance the school's operating budget each year. By giving back through the Annual Fund, you made the following possible last year:
  • One in five students on financial assistance
  • 43,029 books in the Library
  • 2,000 LED light bulbs for Makery projects
  • 4 acres of campus maintained
  • 400 devices deployed when COVID-19 hit
  • 100% of educators and administrators stayed on staff
  • 44 Burke's students became proud alumnae
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.


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