Annual Report of Giving
A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees
To the Berkshire Community,
At Berkshire, students find inspiration around every corner. It begins with the turn up the driveway, where they first encounter the Mountain that inspires a sense of awe and purpose. It continues with the teachers, coaches, and advisors who inspire students to find their voices, balance ambition with humility, and become the best they can be. It reaches past graduation as students look ahead to new pursuits that will inspire them through college and beyond.
As donors and volunteers in Berkshire’s community, we inspire students with experiences made possible by our contributions. As these students become alumni, we serve as their role models for giving back.
Together, we raised $8 million in 2017-2018 in endowed, capital, and annual support. More than 2,400 of us contributed nearly $3 million to the Annual Fund, with 78% of parents giving $1.25 million and 96% of seniors taking part. Our 1,603 gifts on One Day for Berkshire set a record among our peer schools.
We established nine endowed funds to sustain the School in perpetuity. Among them are scholarships to welcome talented and deserving students regardless of need, faculty funds to honor our legendary teachers and coaches, and program endowments that support student experiences ranging from alpine skiing to exploration in artificial intelligence. Many among us have included Berkshire in our estate plans to benefit students far into the future.
Our generosity also inspired new spaces at the core of campus life. Last fall, the Berkshire community joined with the Board of Trustees and friends of the School to honor two alumni in the dedication of the Ritt Kellogg Mountain Center, new home to the Ritt Kellogg Mountain Program, and the state-of-the-art Ed Chase ’69 Ski Room. This fall, the faithfully restored Chevalier Senior Lodge is bringing students and faculty closer to the Mountain through tech-free classes in environmental science and sustainability.
Beyond campus, our alumni events took place in 11 states and drew more than 800 attendees. This engagement spilled over to Reunion Weekend, reconnecting alumni from the Classes of 1946 to 2013. As alumni continue to send their children to Berkshire and younger siblings continue to follow older siblings to Sheffield, there’s even further indication that the Berkshire spirit is thriving within our extended family.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for providing the inspiration that keeps our Berkshire connections strong. Next time you’re under the Mountain, I guarantee you’ll be inspired in turn.
Chip Perkins ’73, P’14,’14
Chair, Board of Trustees
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