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The Annual Fund is one of our only immediate and flexible sources of income. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund support teacher salaries, extracurricular activities, field trips, building improvements, and much-needed classroom materials.

There is a clear gap between what tuition covers and the cost to educate a Burke student. The Annual Fund helps bridge that gap – and provide the experience and environment for each child to thrive.

Burke's fiscal year ends on June 30, but we encourage families to make Annual Fund gifts by the end of the calendar year: December 31.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 items.

  • How much should I give?

    As a socio-economically diverse school, Burke sees a wide variety in Annual Fund giving levels, ranging from gifts of $100 to more than $25,000. Every gift is essential to our ability to deliver an excellent Burke education.
  • How can I help?

    The success of both the Annual fund and the Auction depends on a dedicate core of volunteers! Whether you'd like to be involved year-round or just help on a specific event or project, we have a job for you. Please reach out to our Development Office.
  • What are Burke's Giving Circles?

    Giving Circles recognize those who have made a charitable contribution to the Annual Fund.

    Champions of Liberty ($25,000 and above)
    Orators ($12,500 - $24,999)
    Philosophers ($7,000 - $12,499)
    Foundation Builders ($3,500 - $6,999)
    Arbiter ($2,000 - $3,499)
    Advocates ($1,000 - $1,999)
    Historians ($500 - $999)
    Debaters ($200 - $499)
    Friends (up to $199)

    Young Alumni Giving Circles
    (Alumni within 5 years of graduation from Burke)

    4101 Club: $41.01 or more
    2955 Club: $29.55

    *Donors who wish to remain anonymous in publications should contact the Development Office.
  • What about the Auction for Financial Aid?

    The Annual Fund supports the general operations of the school, and our greatest investment is the salary and benefits of our excellent faculty and staff; the Auction supports our financial aid program, extending our ability to serve a wide range of students and families.

    The Auction takes place each spring, so keep an eye out for more details!
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