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A Culture of Philanthropy

Burke’s prides itself on being both inclusive and having a strong culture of philanthropy. Because of the generosity of our community, we are able to offer competitive salaries for teachers, a high percentage of financial assistance for families, an innovative curriculum, and facilities that meet the evolving needs of our teachers.

Burke's continually strives to ensure that we remain a leader in girls' education. Our fundraising efforts are diverse in scope and nature, and provide opportunities for all families, grandparents, parents of alumnae, and alumnae to participate. We aim for 100% parent participation in all fundraising and community-building initiatives and are proud of our community’s robust participation. Every gift, of any size, is meaningful, impactful, and much appreciated.

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  • Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund delivers nearly 10% of the school’s annual operating budget and supports a wide range of initiatives at Burke’s. Among these are academic programs, teacher professional development, student financial assistance, and the maintenance of our classrooms and beloved 3.5-acre campus.
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  • Eighth-Grade Class Endowment Fund

    Each year, the eighth grade class endowment initiative raises crucial funds to grow Burke's endowment. Most years, the families of the graduating class raise about $200,000 to benefit future generations of Burke’s students. Each endowment fund honors that graduating class in perpetuity, well after they become Burke’s alums, as a lasting tribute. All parents and grandparents of the graduates are asked to support the fund in lieu of the Annual Fund during that year. We hope that these alums, in turn, might someday contribute to this fund themselves, giving back to the school that helped lay the foundation for who they become.
  • Capital Campaign

    Capital campaigns have made the Burke's campus into the unique and treasured place that it is today and have grown our endowment to support our exceptional teachers, robust financial assistance program, and innovative curriculum. Similar to all independent schools, Burke’s conducts special campaigns that fund renovations or new buildings, endowment, and other capital projects on average every three to five years. Burke’s exceeded the goal of Many Hands. Many Voices. All Burke’s.: The Campaign for Girls by raising $22 million to fund a state-of-the art Campus Center and performing arts space, increased endowment and new programmatic initiatives through two Innovation Funds.
  • Endowment

    Burke’s welcomes gifts to its endowment as an important way to contribute to the long-term financial stability of the institution. Without adequate, wisely invested endowment funds, an institution is forever at the mercy of conditions beyond its control, such as economic, philanthropic, and demographic fluctuations, and unforeseen catastrophic events. A strong endowment is the mark of an esteemed and enduring institution. Many of our families and alumnae have established named endowment funds to honor loved ones or their family’s legacy to the school. Please contact Yukiko Meadows, Director of Advancement with any questions about establishing a fund.
  • Fundraising Events

    Burke’s Parents' Association holds two major fundraising and community building events each year: Family Festival in the fall and Burke's Benefit in the spring, which provide funding for our student financial assistance and faculty and staff professional development programs. The DASH, a semi-competitive family walk/run also held in the spring, raises funds for physical education and athletics.
  • Planned and Estate Gifts

    Many members of the Burke’s community have included the school in their estate plans. The Barbara Burke Legacy Society honors alumnae, past parents, grandparents, parents, and friends who have remembered Burke’s with a bequest or who have made a life income gift or other type of planned gift.
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  • Special and Restricted Funds

    Burke’s has a variety of funds that have been established by donors to support students, library programs, arts and faculty professional development initiatives. Assets in these funds are temporarily or permanently restricted according to the donor’s wishes. Please contact Yukiko Meadows, Director of Advancement for more information about these funds, or to discuss a restricted gift outside of these funds for a program or purpose that is important to you.

Ways to Give

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  • Cash, Check, or Credit Card

    Gifts of cash, typically payable by check, and credit card are tax deductible and provide immediate funds to the school. The easiest way to give is online.
  • Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer their employees the opportunity to double or, in some cases, triple their gifts to certain programs or organizations by matching them. Please check with your employer about their Matching Gift Program.

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  • Securities and Property

    Gifts of stocks, other securities, or property have two significant advantages to the donor — they are tax-deductible for the full fair-market value of the gift when it is made, and the donor does not pay capital gains on the appreciated value of the stock or property. Click here to download a form and instructions for making a gift of securities.
  • Donor-Advised Funds

    Donor-advised funds are a great way to support Burke’s and they provide good tax incentives for donors. At Burke’s, donor-advised funds can be used for Annual Fund gifts, capital campaign gifts, or Raise the Paddle gifts. However, they can not be used to fulfill written pledges.

    The IRS is fairly particular on how you use the funds. We can only accept donor-advised funds exclusively intended for charitable purposes. The IRS prohibits donor-advised fund account holders from receiving more than incidental benefits associated with the gift. For example, purchasing items of any kind at the live or online auction is not allowed. If you would like to use donor-advised funds to underwrite the auction, you must decline the tangible benefits that accompany it, such as tickets to the event.
  • Cryptocurrency

    Please click here to make a gift of cryptocurrency online. If you have any questions, reach out to Yukiko Meadows, Director of Advancement.
  • Gifts in Kind

    Burke's welcomes donations such as classroom supplies, athletic equipment, and other items related to the educational program, as well as donations of auction items to the annual Dinner Auction. Gift value is determined by the donor through appraisal or a record of purchase. Please contact the Advancement Office if you would like to make a gift in kind.
  • Planned Giving

    The Barbara Burke Legacy Society honors alumnae, past parents, grandparents, current parents, and friends who have remembered Burke’s by bequest in their estate plans or who have made a life income gift or other type of planned gift. You can become a member by:
    • placing Burke’s in your will
    • making Burke’s the beneficiary of a retirement account
    • making a gift of life insurance policy
    • establishing a charitable trust
    • making a gift of real estate or other tangible property
    For more information about the tax advantages of making a planned gift for you and your family, and other helpful information about planned giving, please contact Yukiko Meadows, Director of Advancement.
  • Other Deferred Gifts

    It is possible to make gifts of property that may allow income tax benefits for the donor during his or her lifetime, may be used during the lifetime of the donor, and which would revert to Burke's, with possible estate tax savings. Institutions can achieve stability and growth through planned giving. Please contact your tax advisor for specific advice that relates to your particular circumstances.

    Please notify the Advancement Office if you have made a deferred gift to Burke’s so that you will be included in The Barbara Burke Legacy Society.
  • Burke's Rewards

    When you’re shopping out on the town or online, make your money go a little further with minimal effort by implementing Burke’s Rewards as part of your purchasing process. It’s quick and easy to do at many affiliated retailers. These stores rebate Burke’s with a percentage of your regular purchase – anywhere between 1-20%!

    Amazon Smile

    Bookmark this link and use it when shopping on Amazon. With the Smile program, Amazon will give 6-10% of your purchase directly to Burke’s. 

    You can register your credit cards through and retailers will donate to Burke’s with the group ID (137235573). It is easy to securely register your information and purchases made with eScrip registered credit cards will automatically donate to Burke’s. Many of the local groceries and restaurants are affiliated with eScrips so make sure to register! 
    Mollie Stone's

    Remember to use your Community Club card (get one at check out or sign up using this link) if you shop at Mollie Stone’s. 
    Sports Basement 

    Shop at Sports Basement and mention Burke’s at checkout. Family and Friends can also take advantage of this great perk. Sports Basement will offer 10% off all purchases to you with 10% of profits back to schools.
    Target RED Card

    Target REDcard holders can support Burke’s and receive 5% discount on all purchases plus free shipping online! You can register for the card here or in person and choose Burke’s as your charity.

Contact Us

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  • Photo of Yukiko Meadows

    Yukiko Meadows 

    Director of Advancement
    415.751.0187, ext. 204
  • Photo of Elena Hobden

    Elena Hobden 

    Associate Director of Advancement
    415.751.0187, ext. 231
  • Photo of Diana Schneider

    Diana Schneider 

    Director of Communications
    415-751-0187, ext. 217
  • Photo of Jewel Devora

    Jewel Devora 

    Associate Director of After-School Programs & Communications Assistant
    415.751.0187, ext. 303
  • Photo of Monica Hernandez

    Monica Hernandez 

    Database and Advancement Associate
    415.751.0177, ext. 223
  • Photo of Mikaela Martinez

    Mikaela Martinez 

    Family Relations & Special Events Manager
    415.751.0187, ext. 225
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.
Burke's admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.