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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 2018, we have received over $100,000 in greatly appreciated, donations–toward anticipated, and already incurred, expenses associated with our efforts to make WISR sustainable for many years to come.  We have received contributions from Board members, faculty, and over two dozen students/alumni, and friends of  WISR, including a retired faculty/Board member and a 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 20 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, throughout our history, many faculty have enthusiastically donated significant time to WISR, and with continuing involvements of many years–because they believe in WISR’s mission, find their work in our learning community to be very engaging and meaningful, and wish to maintain WISR’s affordable tuition.  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.