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Annual Fund


The 2017-2018 Annual Fund has officially launched!

The Heart, Hands and Mind Campaign

In support of the Annual Fund 
Will run until January 31st. 

All Berkwood Hedge School families are invited 
To make their gift or pledge to help us reach

Our goal of $125,000 by the January 31st deadline!





The Annual Fund supports our students and faculty

And is the school's most important fundraiser of the year!



"I value Berkwood Hedge School because every decision is made with the children at the forefront. It is a place where children are encouraged to embrace and be proud of who they are. Empathy is not simply taught, it is modeled, and woven into all elements of the community. Children are active learners, they question, they wonder, they play, they grapple with big issues, and they care deeply. As both a parent and a teacher, I feel that Berkwood Hedge is a tiny gem in which to teach, and a precious place for my own children to grow."

~ Sara Donhost, Current Parent and FIRE Class Lead Teacher




Dear Friends of Berkwood Hedge School,
Today, a Berkwood Hedge School education is more relevant than ever before. Our school develops the hearts, hands and minds of young children, guiding them as they discover their sense of self, their power and their values. Here, during their formative years, our students build and shape a strong foundation for their future - one that will inform who they are, who they will become and how they will engage our shared world.
This month we are launching the Heart, Hands, and Mind Campaign 
dedicated to raising $125,000 by January 31, 2018
 This annual drive raises vital funds to support the kind of education that distinguishes Berkwood Hedge School. 
For over 70 years Berkwood Hedge School has defined expertise in elementary education. Being a K-5 school has allowed us to develop a highly specialized and developmentally appropriate program that empowers our students to cultivate their curiosity and creativity, grow their skills and expand their sense of agency. Today we invite you to join us and help ensure that our school has the resources necessary to sustain and deepen our educational program and to strengthen our capacity to live our mission for years to come. Click here to make your gift today.

We rely on 100% participation from our community. For the past 5 years we have been fortunate to receive 100% giving from our families. This show of unity demonstrates the strength of our vision and our mission. Please join the Heart, Hands and Mind campaign today to help us reach 100% participation and raise essential funds for the school.

Thank you for being a part of our community. It is a joy and honor to partner with you in the service of your child's developing heart, hands, and mind through their joyful learning, deep play, and authentic engagement.

With Gratitude, 


Love Weinstock                                              Tanir Ami Konecky
Head of School                                               Board Chair




What is your tax identification number? Berkwood Hedge School's tax identification number is 94-1408159


What is the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund is Berkwood Hedge’s largest fundraiser. We aim for 100% participation from current families and staff in 100 days. Our goal is to raise at least $125,000. The Annual Fund concludes on January 31, 2018.


For more details on the Annual Fund and how it works, please feel free to contact Krista Alderson, Director of Advancement at


Why does Berkwood Hedge have an Annual Fund? Like all independent schools, Berkwood Hedge has a gap between operating expenses and tuition income. The Annual Fund helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a child at our school  (approximately the equivalent of $2,000 per student).


Why doesn’t the school just raise tuition to cover the difference? One of the guiding principles of Berkwood Hedge is diversity, including socio-economic diversity. Our tuition is low to help ensure that our school remains accessible to as many families as possible.


How will the money raised through the Annual Fund be put to use? Funds help to finance our strong programs, augment classroom budgets, and provide competitive salaries that allow us to retain our dedicated teaching staff. The Annual Fund also helps us provide tuition assistance for families who need it.


Why is 100% participation so important? One hundred percent participation in the Annual Fund is a way we express our commitment to our community and its teachers and staff. 100% participation is also a benchmark that many foundations use when deciding whether or not to award grants. 


How do I know how much to give? We ask that each family give the best donation they can. Donations to the Annual Fund range from $5 - $30,000. Some families use the Annual Fund as an opportunity to bridge the gap of approximately $2,000 per student and give accordingly. For others, the amount will be less. Some families have the financial ability to give well beyond the tuition gap. All contributions are kept confidential.


I can’t give very much. Will my donation really make a difference? Absolutely! Every contribution, no matter how small, counts toward our 100% participation goal.


Do you accept employer matching funds? Yes. Please check with your employer to see if it matches charitable donations. If so, this is an easy way to double your contribution! Your employer will give you instructions on how to take advantage of this benefit.


Can I donate appreciated assets to the Annual Fund? Yes. If you have stocks that have appreciated in value since you originally purchased them, there can be additional tax savings if you donate these directly to the school. Please contact Director of Advancement, Krista Alderson at (510) 883-6990 ext. 103 for further information.


Is it important that I give before January 31, 2018? Yes. This deadline is very important so we can begin our budgeting process for the coming year. We want to continue to manage our financial resources well, and knowing the amount raised enables us to appropriately budget resources.


If you have any additional questions about the Annual Fund and how it works, please feel free to talk to Krista or contact her at


Thank you for supporting Berkwood Hedge School!