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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 August 2016, we have received donations that amount to over $40,000–toward anticipated, and already incurred, expenses associated with our efforts to obtain national accreditation over the next few years.  This is over half of what we expect to be the total cost of this important project.  More specifically, we have received contributions from 5 Board members, 5 faculty, 9 students/alumni, and one retired faculty/Board member and one former Board member.  Our learning community is not particularly affluent, but many our 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, many dedicated, long-time WISR faculty member,s who are committed to WISR’s mission and distinctive learning methods, donate part, or all, of their time.  They contribute greatly to WISR’s exceptionally affordable tuition, and they provide high quality instruction.  

To make a tax-deductible contribution to WISR, contact us or go to our page on Giving.