Giving parents a choice.

Giving children a chance.

The BASIC Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance education equity for low-income families by helping offset the cost of tuition at private schools in the Bay Area. 100% of donations made to The BASIC Fund go directly to scholarships.

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What We Do

  • Early Learning Scholarships:

    Over 26,000 provided to Pre-K to 8th grade students since 1998

  • Parent Choice:

    Empowering parents to select the best school for their children.

  • Families Stay Together:

    Ensuring all children within the family can attend the same schools.

  • Every Dollar to a Scholar:

    100% of funds raised go towards scholarships, while the Board of Directors covers the overhead.

"The BASIC Fund has helped thousands of Bay Area children, and can help thousands more. It’s a remarkable story.”

- Arthur Rock, Co-Founder & President Emeritus

Why It Works

  • Agency:

    Family involvement and empowerment drive school choice.

  • Start Early:

    Scholarships can start in Preschool.

  • Stability

    Guaranteed financial support through 8th grade graduation.

  • Opportunity:

    We work with over 240 independent high-quality schools across 9 counties for parents to select from.

  • Efficiency:

    100% of funds raised go directly to scholarships.

Apply Online

2024 BASIC Fund Online Application is Now Open

"It's such a simple program.  Make the money available. Don't judge where the kids should go-the parents judge.  Be open to all types of schools that are doing a good job."

- Jim Herbert, Board Chairman

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The BASIC Fund is a privately funded 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to advance education equity for low-income families by helping offset the cost of tuition at private schools in the Bay Area.

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