Eighth-Grade Class Gift

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on embarking on their ninth year at Burke's!

In 2014, Burke's reinstated a tradition of creating a lasting tribute to their graduating class through a Class Endowment Fund. This year, the class of 2019 will continue this important initiative by creating their own class-endowed fund. 

The Class of 2019 Endowed Fund will benefit generations of girls and be recognized each year in the annual report, honoring this exceptional class well after they have become alumnae.  We hope that they, in turn, will someday contribute to this fund, giving back to the school that helped lay the foundation for who they will become.
In this ever-changing economic environment, endowment has never been more important. A strong endowment allows Burke’s to be innovative and adaptive to changing curricular and programmatic needs, to sustain the high quality of the educational experience, and to increase financial assistance. We hope that the families of this class are excited to leave this legacy, in honor of our girls, the class of 2019, and to a school that has meant so much to all of them.
Our goals for this fund are $200,000 and 100% participation from the class parents. Contributions to the Eighth Grade Class Gift are in lieu of gifts to the Annual Fund. 
If you have questions about the Eighth Grade Class Endowment, please contact Diana Kaw, Associate Director of Advancement, at

The 2019 Class Gift Committee Co-Chairs

Julie Ashley Kerry Honey
Chetna Baveja Jennifer Kim
Mary Lynn & Jason Blattberg Monique An & Ken Lew
Laura Brugger & Ross Sappenfield Val McDonough
Samantha Bley DeJean '85 & Brad DeJean Sara & Paul Recktenwald
Marianne Emblad '79 Darcy Tsung
Deb Frederick Chip Wadsworth
Lisa Hockin Alyson Welch


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How Should I Think About My Own Gift To The Fund?

    We are asking families to stretch in their support of the Class Endowment Fund, ensuring a meaningful legacy in honor of our students. For eighth-grade parents, this gift will be in lieu of a gift to the Annual Fund and each parent will receive a suggested gift amount in a letter in mid-December. Many families find that their grandparents, or other family members, are also eager to participate in the fund. 

    To make a gift, you may give online, send a gift to the Advancement Office at the school, or call to arrange for a gift of securities. The Advancement Office can be reached at 7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121; 415.666.3204; or
  • How Is the Endowment Managed?

    The endowment at Burke's is invested under the supervision of an Investment Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees' Finance Committee. Its members consist of investment and financial professionals. The Burke's investment policy permits the school to withdraw 3-5% of the three-year rolling average of the endowment. The remaining gains are reinvested, allowing the endowment to grow each year. 
  • What Are Burke's Long-Term Goals?

    The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recommends that schools have an endowment that is equal to two to three times its operating budget. Our operating budget is approximately $13 million. Therefore, the recommended endowment would be $26-39 million. Our current endowment, as of June 30, 2016, was $14.5 million. For more information about how Burke's compare to our peer schools, please contact Diana Kaw in the Advancement Office.
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

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