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Urban School
of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919

Endowment - Creating a Sustainable Future

Gifts to Urban’s endowment strengthen our school’s financial foundation for years to come, ensuring that today’s students, as well as future generations, have continued access to excellent teaching, exciting academic and co-curricular opportunities, and an inclusive community that welcomes people of all backgrounds.

Urban’s endowment is a pool of invested funds that produces a permanent flow of interest income beyond tuition revenue to support the school’s operating budget. Our Vision 2013 strategic plan calls for significantly building Urban’s endowment to guarantee the school’s long-term sustainability.

Senior Class Endowment Funds
The Class Endowment tradition was started by families in the Class of 2000 as a special thank you to Urban’s faculty and administration, and a lasting expression of appreciation for the unparalleled education their children received at Urban. Subsequent graduating classes have carried on this meaningful tradition to grow the school’s endowment. To make a gift or a pledge payment to one of the named Class Endowment Funds, please click here.

Class of 2018 Endowment Fund
Seniors, parents/guardians and grandparents are invited to support this year's Class of 2015 Endowment Fund. Students are pledging (promising) to give $10 a year (or any amount that feels meaningful) for 5 years, with a goal of achieving 100% participation.

Endowment Funds for Classes of 2009 - 2017
Each year, alums and their families and friends are encouraged to continue to grow their class funds with annual contributions. We are grateful to all the Class Fund donors for creating and sustaining this important tradition.

Named Funds

Named funds enable donors to create a lasting legacy that reflects their interests and priorities. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Anna Lee, Director of Development, at 415 593 9542 or via email at You can also view an endowment brochure by clicking here.

To make an online unrestricted endowment gift or a gift to one of our named Endowment Funds please click here.

The Bernice Ach Endowment Fund
Members and friends of the Ach family launched The Bernice Ach Endowment Fund in 1993 in honor of Bernice Ach, one of Urban's founders. Each year the fund supports activities and programs that promote intellectual curiosity among students as well as teachers' efforts in this regard.

The Dan Murphy Fund for Educational Innovation and Faculty Growth
The Dan Murphy Fund for Educational Innovation and Faculty Growth was established in the 2017-18 school year as a way to honor and celebrate Dan's retirement and 50-year tenure at Urban. Dan has been at the forefront of many of the educational innovations that have defined Urban over the years, and the fund will support the school's culture of continued learning and intellectual renewal for Urban faculty. 

The Gamble Boyer Family Fund
Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer, parents of Chapin ('10) and Anna ('13), established this fund in 2011. The fund currently supports Urban's unrestricted endowment, enabling the school to apply resources where they are most needed.

The McCune Family Fund
Karen Smith-McCune and Mike McCune, parents of Louise (’09) and Emma (’12), created this fund in 2009 through a Charitable Remainder Trust. The fund will support accessibility for deserving students through financial aid, ensuring that families with limited financial means can attend Urban.

The Mark Salkind Scholarship Fund
The Urban School of San Francisco established this fund in the 2011-2012 school year to honor Mark Salkind's 25th year as Head of School.  The fund will support accessibility for deserving students through financial aid, ensuring that families with limited financial means can attend Urban. In its inaugural year, the fund is over $269,000.

The Merit N. and Carol E. Hancock Scholarship Fund
Bill Hancock and Jessica Justino, parents of Justine ('13), established this fund in 2010 in honor of Bill's parents to provide financial aid for students coming to Urban from public middle schools.

The Shannon Family Fund for Athletics
Established in Honor of LeRoy Votto
Lori and Glenn Shannon, parents of Kimberly, Brett ('07) and Adrienne ('10), established this fund in 2011 in honor of teacher and mentor, LeRoy Votto, who exemplifies Urban’s commitment to a sports program that enhances the experience of all its students and that helps to support Urban’s mission. The fund will support the school's athletic program. 

Urban Faculty Professional Growth Fund
Virginia Coe and Michael Garland, parents of Malcolm Garland ('07), made a wonderful gift in 2007 to establish the Urban Faculty Professional Growth Fund. The fund is in recognition of Urban’s extraordinary teachers and underwrites faculty training and professional growth.

Planned Gifts: The Urban Legacy
Designating Urban as a beneficiary in your estate or financial plans is another way to support Urban’s endowment. If you are interested in joining this special circle of friends and helping to ensure Urban’s long-term financial strength, please see Ways to Give or contact Anna Lee, Director of Development, at 415 593 9542.


Anna Lee

Director of Development
415 593 9542

Marianne Evans
Director of Alumni Relations
415 593 9540

Jamieson Bunn
Director of Annual Fund &
415 593 9538

Christa Bon Sims
Assistant Director of
Stewardship & Special Events
415 593 9544 

Leah Marshall

Development Associate
415 593 9539 


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