For over 40 years, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund has filled critical gaps for BUSD students and the educators who guide them.
With universal goals for all BUSD students, the Schools Fund works in a targeted way to ensure that all students, and especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive in school and in life.
Learn more about our grantmaking, our volunteer-raising and our STEM pipeline programs below.
With two distinct grant programs, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund leverages community-raised dollars to drive systems change in BUSD that levels the playing field for those furthest from opportunity. Our single school LEARNING for Equity grants and our district-wide LEADING for Equity grants drive change at two different scales. All grants are collaborative and equity-explicit.
Educators at all grade levels and content areas may request the support of one or more BSV Classroom Volunteers. Requests may be submitted to BSV from August through early March each school year. Team BSV does its best to match educator needs to volunteer skills and availability. In ’21-’22, BSV linked more than 600 Classroom Volunteers to Educator requests across BUSD.
The Schools Fund has developed a major new initiative to create a community of opportunity for BUSD students. Our new STEM initiative grew from the Schools Fund’s support for STEM pilot programs over the last decade, building toward our collaboration with BUSD’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Program and Wareham Development to create a continuum of K-12 STEM program opportunities.