Annual Report of Giving

Berkshire School is enormously grateful to everyone who supported the School during the 2015-16 year. We are thankful for the generous giving and tireless volunteer efforts of our trustees, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. This support is a testament to the strong belief in Berkshire's mission and inspires everyone who lives and learns under the Mountain.

We are extremely proud to report that Berkshire raised $14,905,756 this year through our capital and annual giving programs. Of that, the 2015-16 Annual Fund surpassed $3 million for the first time in the School's history with an all-time high of 3,456 gifts from 2,333 donors. Our parents continue to dedicate their time to help ensure a first-rate experience for every Berkshire student. This year, 82% of Berkshire parents joined in raising an impressive $1,233,900 for the Parents' Fund surpassing last year's fundraising record.

While we remain humbled by our community’s steadfast willingness to support our School, we’d like to especially thank our remarkable faculty and staff who came together on behalf of Berkshire with a 72% participation. Additionally, hail to the Class of 2016 who set a first-time giving record of 100% participation.

As our supporters know, the Annual Fund has a direct and immediate impact on all areas of life at Berkshire. Each dollar is critical to supporting our students’ academic, artistic and athletic endeavors, and indeed their daily lives. Every gift supports a Berkshire experience. Thank you for making each one possible.

2015-16 Highlights:

• Berkshire alumni Lindsey Fielder Cook '81, Ned Sullivan '72, and Kathy Orlando '89 joined All-School Read keynote speaker, Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, for a panel discussion on environmental issues.

•Two Advanced Math/Science Research Program students, Josiah Tolvo ’16 (United States Naval Academy) and Shuvam Chakraborty ’16 featured with Dr. April Burch, were selected as semifinalists in the INTEL Science Talent Search (300 students chosen from 1,750 entrants).

•The Berkshire Philanthropy Outreach Program (BPOP) awarded a total of $10,000 to two charitable organizations, including $8,446.16 to Empowering Ourselves, an organization founded by Jarrett Matthis ’04. Emily Walsh ’16 (Union College) presented Matthis with a check during an all-school assembly in May 2016.

•Ten Berkshire students exhibited their artwork at The Norman Rockwell Museum’s Berkshire County High School Art Exhibition in Stockbridge, Mass.

•Eli Mathieu ’19 took home first place in the 9-12th grade division at the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) for his invention Listen4Me—an app that detects the sound of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and alerts the hearing impaired.

•Andrea Cass ’17, Noah Faison ’16 (Columbia University), and Shuvam Chakraborty '16 were selected to perform at the 2016 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Festival & Concert.

•Ifunanyachi Achara '16 (Georgetown University) and Mutaya Mwape '16 (St. Lawrence University) were selected to play in the 2015 Boys High School All-American Game in Raleigh, NC. The game featured 40 of the nation’s top high school soccer players.

•Berkshire proudly announced its 2016 Strategic Plan for the next decade and beyond, a process that included feedback from alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, trustees, and friends.

•Berkshire’s inaugural One Day for Berkshire raised $469,893.52 from an unprecedented 1,347 gifts towards the Annual Fund in a mere 19 hours and 7 minutes!

•The 2016 Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize was awarded to Harrison Yaste '16 (Lehigh University), Andrew Koudijs '16 (Boston University), and Hanna Derrig '16 (St. Lawrence University). Members of team EZ Park designed an app to reduce traffic and cut pollution in large and small cities

Black Rock Scholar Evan Liddy ’16 (Colorado College) worked closely with local environmentalists and farmers on sustainability issues, including the creation of a bee apiary on the east side of campus.

•In May, Berkshire graduated 119 seniors, with nearly 90% of the Class of 2016 again earning acceptances among the most highly selective colleges and universities in the country.

•Last fall, Berkshire broke ground on the School’s new 50,000 square-foot squash facility and renovated gymnasium.

•Berkshire’s Advancement Office successfully launched Berkshire Connect, an exciting new alumni networking platform for Berkshire alumni and friends to share job listings, locate friends, learn about alumni events, share photos, and more.

To read Berkshire’s 2015-2016 Annual Report of Giving, please contact Jodi Rathbun at jrathbun@berkshireschool.org.