Philanthropy Students Award Local Nonprofit With $10,000

The Berkshire Philanthropy Outreach Program recently awarded $10,000 to Charley's Fund, a local nonprofit organization that raises money to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

On May 18, students from Mr. Bullock's Economics and Philanthropy class presented the donation to Tracy Seckler, whose son Charley suffers from the disease. Tracey and her husband, Benji, of South Egremont, have raised more than $40 million in support of research of DMD, which impacts 400-600 boys every year, according to the couple.

This year, students researched and evaluated 13 501(c)(3) nonprofits and presented their findings to their classmates, according to Bullock. Support of Charley's Fund was proposed by Charlie O'Neil '18, who presented Tracy with the check during all-school meeting.

BPOP was launched in 2015 after two anonymous donors generously gave $250,000 to support philanthropy in the classroom at Berkshire. The endowment allows the students to award $10,000 annually.

Editor's note: If you are interested in learning more about the Berkshire Philanthropy Outreach Program or may be interested in applying for a grant, please contact Bill Bullock at