Our History

For more than a century, Berkeley has attracted thinkers, artists, innovators, political activists and problem solvers. Our city is famous for tackling tough social issues that many communities accept as intractable or even disregard.

In that tradition, the Berkeley Community Fund was founded by a group whose love for Berkeley and for a community of hope and equity inspired them to set up a fund that would reflect their optimistic, activist goals. The founders hoped to translate the abstract wishes of Berkeley citizens for a just and caring society into concrete programs that would begin to achieve such a community in our city. Since its inception, BCF has focused on issues of social and economic justice and the common good.

BCF has supported dozens of worthy and effective community organizations and invested over $3 million in the Berkeley community. Beginning in 2007, BCF changed its focus and since that time has directed all donations to our High Hopes Scholarship Program.

Past Board Members:

  • Ginger Alafi
  • Caroline Avery
  • Skip Battle
  • Robert Berdahl
  • Carole Berg
  • Diana Bermudez
  • Thomas Burcham
  • Bob Burnett
  • Dash Butler
  • Fr. Rigoberto Caloca-Rivas
  • Keith Carson
  • Dennis Cohen
  • Penny Cooper
  • Narsai M. David
  • Russ Ellis
  • Maggie Gee
  • Loni Hancock
  • Ira Michael Heyman
  • David Kruse
  • Jeffrey Leiter
  • Dan Lindheim
  • Barbara Marienthal
  • John Martin
  • Shane McGilloway
  • Dahnesh Medora
  • Helen Meyer
  • Regina Minudri
  • Kent Nagano
  • Noel Nellis
  • Steven Oliver
  • Rachelle Owen
  • Martin Paley
  • Christina Platt
  • Henry Ramos
  • Charles Robinson
  • Victoria Robinson
  • Michael Roosevelt
  • Rebecca Silbert
  • Amrita Singhal
  • Alison Teeman
  • Chang-Lin Tien
  • Michael Traynor
  • Dorothy Walker
  • Mal Warwick