TBS Community Support Fund

As The Civic Engagement School, TBS pulls together as a community during times of celebration and challenge. We see and support one another and understand that Civic Engagement begins here — within our school community, with TBS families and students — whether we are on our campuses or learning and communing at a distance. In that spirit, CSF will provide financial relief for TBS families, faculty or staff members who are facing economic hardship as a result of Coronavirus. 

Please contact Araxi Gundelfinger, Director of Advancement with any questions.

All members of TBS Community are eligible to apply: current families, faculty and staff. Applications will include demonstrated loss of income. Approved applicants will receive one-time tuition reduction available through June 30, 2020. Applicants will receive a prompt response.

The Community Support Fund is administered by the TBS CSF Committee. Community Support Funds that are not disbursed by June 30, 2020, will fund the school’s highest priorities in 2020-2021 which include support for the TBS Individual Family Tuition (IFT) program and Distance Learning.

If you and your family are not in need of the Community Support Fund, and instead you are in a position to support it, please join the TBS families who have stepped forward to create CSF with your contribution now.  Your gift will provide immediate financial relief within our community and resources for our school. TBS Community Support Fund (CSF) is a philanthropic endeavor. We are deeply grateful for the support of the current and alumni TBS families who have made contributions to support our school community at this time.

Our Financials

Total Operating Budget 


The school fundraises for 6% of its $7M annual operating budget, to resource our students and teachers, and fuel our vision.

A Culture of Giving

The TBS Fund

At TBS, 100% participation is as important as the contribution. IT’S one of the most important ways we come together as a community to support our school.


of TBS FAMILIES give to the TBS Fund


of FACULTY & STAFF give to the TBS Fund.


of our BOARD OF TRUSTEES give to the TBS Fund.


Through joyful, rigorous learning experiences that are deeply connected to civic engagement, TBS students develop and hone strong academic and life skills that they apply in the classroom and in their community. They graduate with a definition of individual success that’s directly tied to making a positive difference for others – because that’s what they learned, and how they learned, at The Berkeley School.

Count Me In

Count Me In (CMI) is an opportunity to make a contribution to TBS in the spring of each school year that targets specific priorities and needs specifically requested by teachers and program faculty. CMI helps the school do more, sooner. These contributions benefit both campuses, accelerate the school’s strategic progress, and are 100% tax deductible.

Fundraising Events

Wrap Party Benefit

Our annual end-of-year celebration is known as the party of the year AND the best party in Berkeley! This casually elegant evening features music, fantastic food, signature cocktails, a casino, and karaoke! All event proceeds benefit TBS programs. Past themes have been 80s Mixtape, Speakeasy, Out of This World, and last year’s FunkyTown.

In Memory

of Leif Greening-Hamlin

This year, Leif would have started his second year in the Laurel Creek 1/2 classroom as a second grader. On August 13, Leif lost his battle with leukemia. Though we are sad that he is no longer with us, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to know and love him as a member of the TBS community. He had a light in his heart, and smile that drew people in instantly. He loved running on the playground, big cats, being with his family, playing with his friends, learning from his teachers, and cuddling with his beloved dog, Claude.

The Greening-Hamlin Family asks that contributions made to The Berkeley School in Leif’s memory support the Neurodiversity Fund, a fund established to support students in need of additional resources to learn and thrive.

Click below to give a gift in memory of Leif.

Please contact Araxi Gundelfinger, Director of Advancement with any questions.

Ways of Giving


Click here to make a payment by credit. Donors have the option to set up regular payments.

By Check

Checks may be made payable to “The Berkeley School” and mailed or dropped off at either of our school offices or mailed to us at 1310 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702.

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match an employee’s or retiree’s gift to TBS. Please check with your company to see if it has a matching gift program or contact the Advancement Office for assistance.

The Berkeley School is a 501c3 non-profit
 organization. Contributions made to The Berkeley School are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Our tax ID is 94-1571768.