Instead of dropping out of school, 98% are graduating high school and 92% go on to higher education.

Who We Are and What We Do

Families are always searching for the best educational environment for their student. BASIC Fund helps bridge the gap by making private school an option for low-income families.

Currently, only 11% of lowest income quartile students manage to attain a college degree within a six-year timeframe, whereas 58% of all income level students achieve the same feat. Notably, BASIC Fund alumni who represent the lower income quartile, defy this disparity by achieving a college graduation rate of 53%, effectively eliminating the income gap.

Private schools have thousands of empty seats in capacity, and with your help we can fill those seats today by providing a scholarship to a student. No waiting for policy changes, no winning a lottery

25th Anniversary Luncheon Presentation

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Students are taught discipline, values, and study habits that follow them throughout their lives. Parents are empowered to make a difference for their children, and their family.

Watch the video to learn more about the why this works.

"I thank you for what you have done because you have given us something no one can ever take away: hope and the courage to strive to reach whatever we aspire to be."

Tammia, a BASIC Fund alumna, and graduate from Ithaca College

The Crisis

High school graduation rates of less than 70% for low-income Bay Area students in public schools.

High school dropouts are 3 times more likely than college graduates to live below the poverty line, and 8 times more likely to serve time in jail.

Only 46% of students in California scored ‘Proficient’ to ‘Advanced’ on the 3rd grade CST Reading Test in 2011.

Only 25% of students in California performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in 2011.

California ranked 46th in the country in 4th grade mathematics, and 47th in reading in 2011. These numbers only get worse when we look at 8th grade scores.

The Solution

Over 98% of our 8th grade students graduate from High School.

 65%  of our 8th grade graduates are awarded substantial and often full scholarships to private Bay Area high schools.

100% of our parents are required to contribute to their children’s education – a key factor in our students’ success.

There are more than 12,000 empty seats at private and parochial schools in the Bay Area. We can fill those seats today! 

The ability to choose the best education for their children empowers parents, and fosters community engagement.

Continuous support through 8th grade provides stability for families and schools.

Increased enrollment supports schools and strengthens communities.

100% of all donations go to scholarships.  All administrative costs are covered by the Board of Directors.

"Because of your support, I have had the privilege to take a hold of my education."

Tammia, a BASIC Fund alumna, and graduate from Ithaca College


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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