More Than a Job FAQ

What does “More Than a Job” mean? What is this initiative?

I work here; why is Berklee asking me to make a gift?

Why do faculty and staff give to the Berklee Fund?

Why is my participation important?

Where does my gift go?

How much am I expected to give?

How should I give?

I am already giving to an endowed scholarship. Why should I also give to the Berklee Fund?


What does “More Than a Job” mean? What is this initiative?

“More Than a Job” sums up how many faculty and staff who give to the Berklee Fund feel about the college. By sharing stories about what Berklee means, we hope to encourage more faculty and staff to donate to the Berklee Fund, thereby providing more resources for our students. 

I work here; why is Berklee asking me to make a gift?

Because the need of our students is great, every member of this community—parents, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff—is asked to give financially at a level that is comfortable to them. Every member of this community has a stake in our students’ success.

Why do faculty and staff give to the Berklee Fund?

  • It’s another way we can help students.
  • Our participation can inspire others to give.
  • Berklee is more than just our employer.
  • It’s a statement about what we feel about Berklee.
  • It shows the world that Berklee is worth supporting.
  • It feels good.

Your fellow faculty and staff tell you why in the More Than a Job video.

Why is my participation important?

When philanthropists and grantmakers see that those closest to the college give to the Berklee Fund (at any level), it sends a powerful message about the commitment here, and that encourages them to write the checks that make big things happen for our students.

When we each give a little, great things happen for our students and the Berklee community.

Where does my gift go?

Your gift to the Berklee Fund supports students immediately. As an unrestricted gift, it is used to serve the most pressing needs of the college.

Each dollar you give is one a student need not pay in tuition. Your gift makes Berklee more affordable for students while supporting all that makes Berklee unique—including you.

How much am I expected to give?

Participation is what matters, not how much you give. Participate at a level that feels right for you. Your fellow faculty and staff make payroll gifts ranging from $1 to more than $100 per pay period.

How should I give?

A recurring gift through payroll deduction is the easiest way to give. Since payroll deduction spreads your gift over the entire year, many faculty and staff find it the most comfortable way to make a difference.

To give through payroll deduction, visit berklee.edu/more-than-a-job and indicate how much you'd like to give to the Berklee Fund each pay period. It's that easy.

You can also give online at berklee.edu/make-gift, by check, or by calling Jim Ricciuti, director of the Berklee Fund, at 617 747-2439.

I am already giving to an endowed scholarship. Why should I also give to the Berklee Fund?

Thank you for already giving to Berklee.

Gifts to the Berklee Fund are unrestricted. The more unrestricted funds we have, the more we can reduce tuition for every student—not just those who fit the criteria of endowed scholarships.

In addition, many grant-making institutions want to know how many stakeholders give to the annual fund of the college.

Still have questions? Contact Jim Ricciuti at jricciuti@berklee.edu or 617 747-2439.

Your participation means so much for our students and the entire Berklee community. Thank you!