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Annual Fund

EB is an independent school, founded and supported by parents, past and present.

As with most independent schools, tuition payments alone do not cover the full cost of an EB education. Because families can give to the Annual Fund at differing levels based on their financial circumstances, it is an important part of EB’s ability to enroll students from a broader socio-economic spectrum.

Why is the Annual Fund Important?

The money raised during the Annual Fund campaign supports the general operating budget of the school. Tuition covers only 91% of EB’s annual budget —this means that donations are critical for EB to balance its budget and keep our school thriving. The funds are utilized for many different purposes, including: tuition assistance, teacher professional development, equipment, facilities maintenance, garden supplies, books, and more.

Each year, a recommended gift amount is announced. As our people and facilities costs continue to rise each year, so too must the recommended gift. Every family is encouraged to stretch to give at the highest level that is financially feasible for them. Gifts of every amount are valued and appreciated—when everyone contributes, we all benefit. We strive for 100% participation from our community. A gift that is personally meaningful enriches the school's vision and advances the EB experience for all. At EB, we commit to fostering an environment rooted in trust, where all gifts are cared for, appreciated, and matter.

The Annual Fund is a community-building fundraiser. In addition to parents, trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni and friends of EB all contribute generously. Gifts are also provided by companies through matching gift programs. 
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Manon Johnson, Director of Admissions

Giving to EB is making me feel like I participate in the success of the school. It is super important for our students, parents, and colleagues to care so deeply about our school, and show our support.
Lyly Colebourn '16:
How the Annual Fund Makes a Difference

Matching Gifts

You can make your gift to the Annual Fund go further! Many companies offer matching gift programs to double or even triple employee contributions to nonprofits. Parents should check directly with their employer and HR department to find out if they participate in matching gifts. Learn more.

If you have questions, please contact Véronique Jordan, Advancement Assistant and Database Manager, at vjordan@eb.org.

Giving Levels

We love our diverse community! Our families and community members give at different levels; when we all participate, we can enrich our school together. Every gift is valued and appreciated.

Gifts at the Consul level and above are considered Leadership Giving and include invitations to events with the Head of School and Board of Trustees.

Président $15,000 and above
Ambassadeur $10,000 to $14,999
Emissaire $5,000 to $9,999
Consul $2,400 to $4,999*
Attaché $1,000 to $2,399
Diplomate $500 to $999
Membre Up to $499

*The recommended gift for the 2023-2024 school year is $2,400 per student.
David Abernathy '99, Member of the Board of Trustees:
"An Organization That Has Given Me So Much"

Gifts at Work

Donations help make EB a special place for our kids to learn and grow. Annual Fund gifts are used in the school's general operating budget and cover things like teacher training, tuition assistance, classroom resources, and more. Thanks to our community's generosity in 2021-2022:

  • Over 200 Middle School and Lower School students participated in overnight field trips
  • 24 Maternelle classes participated in experiential learning, whether in the classroom or outside the classroom
  • 35 teachers received professional development training, such as in equity, neurodiversity, balanced literacy, SEL, DELF and more!
  • 108 Middle School students benefited from using their own personal laptop
  • ​​10 Tech Tub2, compact, easy-to-use in-class charging station, were purchased to help streamline learning in the classroom
  • Visitor Management System was implemented to support appropriate identity screening for campus security
  • Over 125 new DEIJ books were purchased for the library and for classroom resources, primarily procured through Marcus Books
  • 75 Lower School students participated in the Hour of Code in December

Maria Reyes, Alumnae Parent

There is no place like EB! We are an amazing joyful and diverse community, where everyone is loved and respected. We are happy to donate to the Annual Fund because we know we are helping the school reinforce programs that benefit all of our extraordinary students, their learning, and their teachers.


The Development team is here to assist you with any questions you may have about giving and donating to EB.

Véronique Jordan, Advancement Assistant and Database Manager - vjordan@eb.org

Mei-Lin Ha Byers, Director of Development and Communications - mha@eb.org

Ellie Dunnigan, Development and Community Engagement Manager - edunnigan@eb.org

All Are Welcome! (Anti-Discriminatory Policy)

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religion. This policy applies to all programs, services, and facilities, including applications, admissions, and employment.