What We Need
In the next 45 days, the GDF is seeking $15,000 in order to pay for
books and room and board for one of our students for one year at a UC or equivalent.
What We Do
The GDF provides mentoring, resources and financial support for 4
years of college at a UC or equivalent to a class of 15
under-resourced, hard-working students in Oakland, CA.
The GDF was started by Elizabeth Daskarolis in order to honor her late
husband, George Daskarolis, who spent his career teaching students at
the community college level in Oakland, CA. By founding the GDF,
George's lifelong powerful commitment to education for all continues
with these students, many of whom were born the same year that George
What if we could all support one class of students beginning in kindergarten and provide mentoring all the way through college graduation? And what if we could also provide college tuition and room and board for this class of hard-working students? What would our community look like? What would Oakland look like?
The George Daskarolis Foundation (GDF) was founded in 2002 with the dream of answering these questions. The foundation made a commitment to one kindergarten class to see them all the way through college. Today GDF exists to help these 15 under-resourced, hard-working Oakland students push beyond their circumstances and realize their college dreams.
Ever-rising tuition costs and other factors beyond students' control diminish access to college, yet attaining higher education still correlates with a higher income and better quality of life.
George Daskarolis, the lifelong, passionate educator after whom our organization is named, believed equal access to education was imperative.
Today, the GDF students -- most of whom will be the first in their families to attend college -- are in 11th grade at high schools throughout Oakland. They all have big dreams for their futures. These students won’t let their circumstances define or limit them. They are working hard in school and want to keep learning, growing, building, creating.
When you donate to the GDF, you are not only supporting our class of 15 bright, hard-working students in achieving their dream of attending college. You are creating a new expectation in our students’ families, neighborhoods, and extended communities. Studies show that if a member of one’s family is a college graduate, there is a much higher chance that one will attend college, too. You are making college graduation the new norm. You are supporting our students’ entire network of family and friends in attending college.
One class. One town. One dream.