Burke's Community Emergency Support Fund

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Every Burke’s family is an important part of our community and we need to ensure everyone can afford Burke’s during this unprecedented time. We will do all that we can so that every Burke’s girl has the opportunity to continue her education in our special and supportive community.

Michele Williams, Head of School

2020 has been a year like no other. As our Board, administration, faculty, staff, and current families have risen to the occasion to continue our mission to educate, encourage, and empower girls, they have done so in the midst of a new reality and an undeniably changed economic landscape that has directly affected many of our community members. 

The recently established Burke’s Community Emergency Support Fund supports members of our community hit disproportionately hard by economic changes in their lives. This Fund will provide immediate relief to students and their families with urgent needs, and it will be essential in the coming year, and likely beyond, as we fulfill new and increased requests for financial assistance. 

Many of our current families are facing hardships from unexpected and sudden job loss including being unable to afford their rent, mortgage payments, or groceries. Even basic school supplies or the expense of maintaining the internet connection that allows their child to keep up with school work are a deep financial hardship. In addition, over the past several weeks we have learned that a number of families will need new or additional financial assistance in 2020-21. 

We are committed to supporting all of these families so that every Burke’s girl can remain enrolled and thriving at the school through this difficult time, and with your help, they will

Although we were not able to gather together for this year's Burke’s Benefit, we have chosen to recreate our Benefit Raise the Paddle virtually, raising support toward our $300,000 goal for the Burke’s Community Emergency Support Fund between now and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. We hope you will consider making a gift to help us maintain and strengthen our Burke’s community. 

Typically donors contribute at one of the following levels during Raise the Paddle, but we encourage you to donate whatever amount is meaningful to you and your family. Every gift will make an important impact on our community.

  • $38,000 provides one full scholarship for a family who cannot afford tuition in the coming year
  • $20,000 provides a 50% scholarship for a family who may have lost a job but is hopeful of finding employment in the coming year
  • $10,000 supports the many essential needs for a family to be part of the community, including uniforms, school supplies, after-school classes, musical instruments, recommended tutoring and more
  • $5,000 helps a family cover grocery bills for 6+ months
  • $2,500 covers the lunch program for one student on financial assistance
  • $1,000 provides the device, software, app subscriptions, and tech support for a student’s 1:1 device provided by Burke’s
  • $500 bolsters access to an at-home internet subscription for a family for one school year
  • $250 can provide a family’s groceries for 1-2 weeks
  • $50 will cover a student’s lunch cost for a week, either at school or at home

We understand that some community members are simply not in a position to make charitable gifts at this time. Thank you to those of you who are able to step up and help to keep our community intact! 

Questions? To make a pledge or give through a donor-advised fund, please contact Selena Shadle at 415.666.3204 or selena@kdbs.org. Donations to this effort are 100% tax-deductible. Donors have up to one year to fulfill their pledges.



Family Donations by Class Year

The Family Donations by Class Year reflects giving from Current Parents, Alumnae, Current Grandparents, Parents of Alumna(e)
2028 37$106,810
2025 20$79,700
2026 23$62,400
2023 19$57,958
2022 16$46,901
2027 20$32,200
2020 11$13,300
2021 15$11,950
2018 4$9,100
2024 13$8,500
1977e 2$7,258
2017 5$4,650
2019 2$2,700
1990 2$2,000
1993 2$1,500
2015 3$1,200
2014 2$1,100
1991 1$1,000
2016 1$1,000
1992 1$1,000
1989 1$1,000
2008 3$625
1984 2$600
2005 1$500
1995 1$500
2007 1$500
1985 2$400
2004 2$400
1981 2$350
1982 1$250
2003 3$160
1975e 2$125
1998 1$100
2013 1$100
1961 1$100
1968 1$100
2006 1$50
1994 1$50
2009 1$25

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61% Current Parents

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12% Alumnae

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11% Current Grandparents

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11% Parents of Alumna(e)

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9% Faculty/Staff

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1% Friends

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Donor list

John Casaudoumecq
Christina Cole
Alicia Engstrom
Julie and Pierre Jospe
Katherine and Dan Simon
Darby Gaynor Glickman '98 and Andrew Glickman
Mollie Hustace
Cheryl Samantha Cahill Lyons
Laura & Kevin Ferguson
Jason Harkness
Debra Dewey
Chuck Dewey
Brett Dewey
Georgia Stevens
Noelle Namba
Stefanie Jay and Matthew Kim
Connolly Family
Seetharam Family
Trudy and Steven Katznelson
Jane and Wyatt Gruber
Muriel and Marcel Meicler
Ben and Erica Portnoy
Keller-McMillan Family
Joseph and Dixie Furlong
Annie and Geoff Ganem
Laura & Nelson Bolling
Marianna Stark '85
Mary Ann and Bill Margaretten
Tatiana Dillen
Kelly Hoy
Annie Goranson & Josh Rupright
William Heafey
Samantha Hartley
The Vidalakis Family
Viani Gerungan & Aldrich Thahar
Patrick Connolly

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