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Eighty (80) to ninety (90) percent of WISR’s annual income is from student tuition. Nevertheless, from time to time, WISR has benefited greatly from contributions from Board members, alumni, friends and even a couple of currently enrolled students.

Since June 2014, and through December 2017, we have received almost $80,000 in  much needed donations–toward anticipated, and already incurred, expenses associated with our efforts to obtain national accreditation over the next few years.  This is a bit over half of what we expect to be the total cost of this important project.  More specifically, we have received contributions from 7 Board members, 7 faculty, and over 20 students/alumni, and one retired faculty/Board member and one former Board member.  Our learning community is not particularly affluent, but many are committed to moving WISR forward, and devote time, energy, expertise and money to create an even better future for WISR and our learners.

In the past 15 years, WISR received a substantial, three-year grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and also funding for contract work with such groups as the Bay Area Black United Fund, Neighborhood House of North Richmond and Ecocity Builders [the latter through a grant from Bay Area Air Quality Management District]. We have also received several grants from the Levinson Foundation and from the HUG Fund administered by the Marin Community Foundation.

From 1980 – 1983, WISR received a more than $150,000 three-year grant from the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)–to serve as a nationwide demonstration project on the teaching, learning and use of action-research. In the mid-1980s, WISR received over $100,000 from the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency to conduct an assessment of the needs of, and services available to, low income elders living in downtown Los Angeles.

In addition, while we are moving toward accreditation, almost all of our dedicated, long-time WISR faculty members are donating all, of their time.  They are deeply committed to WISR’s distinctive mission and learning methods, and they contribute greatly to WISR’s ability to offer high quality instruction for an exceptionally affordable tuition.

To make a contribution to WISR, contact us or go to our page on Giving. Since WISR is a non-profit educational institution with Federal 501 c 3 status, donations are potentially tax-deductible, depending on the donor’s tax return status.