Donor Directed Funds

Donor Directed Funds

Donor Directed funds are dedicated for specific or broadly-defined purposes and receive support from multiple or individual sources, businesses or community members. Here are just a few examples of donor dedicated funds:

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Bayer Science Enrichment

Bayer is committed to STEM education in Berkeley schools through an annual contribution that supports K-8 science, including the Be A Scientist program in all 7th grade classes, professional and curriculum support for K-5 teachers, and elementary school science fairs. Bayers’ generous support plays a significant role in science education from kindergarten to 8th grade.

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BUSD Music Districtwide

Schools Fund donors can elect to contribute to music education, annually supporting a variety of activities and needs across BUSD, including the Music in the Schools program of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. There’s also a specific fund that provides scholarships for private music lessons for middle school students, the Boatwright Weinstein Fund.  Students that have skill and interest, and qualify as low-income by the District, are identified by District music teachers to receive private lessons to strengthen their musical education and expand opportunity. Currently 10-15 students a year are awarded private music lessons. Donations can be made to the Boatwright/Weinstein Fund.

Homeless Student Support

3 – 4% of Berkeley public school students are homeless in a given school year. Transient housing affects students’ physical, academic, and social well-being. The Homeless Support Fund provides assistance to help normalize these students’ school experiences.