The Bertschi Fund
The Bertschi Fund is our school's one annual fundraiser with a goal of 100% parent participation. Because tuition does not cover the full cost of educating a child at Bertschi, we ask current families, alumni, grandparents, and other community members to help us meet our goal each year.
Learn more about the Bertschi Fund:
The Bertschi Fund is an unrestricted fund made up of annual donations from the community that, in addition to tuition, helps balance the operating budget each year. The Bertschi Fund represents about 6-7% of the annual budget. Our financial goal in the 2019-20 school year is $400,000.
Click here to view Bertschi's Operating Expenses for FY2018, and how the Bertschi Fund helps balance the budget.
The Bertschi Fund is unrestricted, which means that contributions are used where they are most needed each year. Some areas of our program that receive support include teacher professional development, classroom supplies, campus upgrades, new technology, curriculum development, and financial aid.
We try to keep annual tuition down and increases minimal, so that we are able to welcome families from a range of backgrounds, and offer generous financial aid to those who need it. At the same time, we want to offer the highest quality program possible. If we raised tuition to cover 100% of educational costs, many current and prospective families would be unable to send their children here.
About $2,000 of each child's education is not covered by tuition. Asking for a donation to cover the remaining cost of the our program gives families choice about how much they can additionally direct towards the school in a charitable, tax-deductible way. We hope that everyone feels compelled to give what they can for the greater whole.
The Bertschi Fund goal is 100% parent participation, in addition to contributions from other community members, for a total of $400,000. We ask all families to give something that is meaningful to them.
Our trustees and faculty/staff give generously each year to kick off the campaign, and for the last 8 years reached 100% participation. With strong participation from our entire community we nearly always meet or exceed our goal. Every gift helps!
In the fall, you will be asked to give or pledge to pay later. From September to December, parents will hear from a Bertschi Fund Class Champion every few weeks with encouragement and reminders.
The school is grateful for any amount you give as part of a collective investment. Through 100% parent participation we reach our financial goals each year.
Donation amounts are kept confidential within the Advancement Office. You may also elect to be listed anonymously in any publications such as the annual report.
Class Champions help us spread the word, answer any questions, and serve as friendly reminders and encouragers. However, they are not privy to dollar amounts or other confidential information.