The Barnard Education Fund (BEF) was established in 2000 in an effort to generate grant money for support of Arts and Cultural enrichment at Barnard Academy.
At the time of its establishment, school budgets were under pressure and tax revenues could not cover enrichment programs. A challenge fund established by Twin Farms was over-subscribed by the community to create a modest endowment. Since then, BEFs annual solicitation regularly generates a generous local response. As a result, BEF has been able to make annual grants of roughly $10,000.
Grants from BEF open up many possibilities for the students at Barnard Academy, including trips to the Plymouth Plantation, overnight stays at Boston’s Science Museum, trips to Mystic Seaport and the Museum of Fine Arts, and multiple trips to the Hood Museum and Pentangle Programs. BEF also provides funds for equipment such as Smart Boards and routers, which have kept Barnard Academy at the technological forefront. The BEF also works with the Barnard Education Endeavor Society (BEES), and recently provided a grant of $10,000 to purchase updated playground equipment.
BEF’s Board of Trustees is composed entirely of volunteers who share the belief that Barnard has a wonderful school with a dedicated staff.
Current members of BEF: Will Dodson, Tom deGiacomo, Jerry Fredrickson, Harvey Gray, John Larson, Sophia Stone, John Snyder, and George Zimberg.