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Annual Fund

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The school recently celebrated an important milestone, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the school, during the 2014-15 school year. When Dorothy McCormick began the school in 1964 she had a vision of a school dedicated to young children where they could learn and explore and where parents can play an active part in the process. The school’s philosophy happily remains as she planned and the goal is to make CDS’s next 50 years as strong in the future as it has been in the past.

The Annual Fund assists CDS in its continued implementation of its important mission. Vital to the past success at CDS has been the wonderful faculty who devote their time to preparing and offering the children the best programs possible. This unrestricted fund helps the school become increasingly competitive with faculty salaries and benefits, provides frequent professional development opportunities, and offers the resources necessary to support well-planned teaching practices in classroom settings designed for young children.

How is a CDS education funded?

Currently CDS sets tuition each year to give as many families as possible the opportunity to have their children attend the school. Tuition and summer camp income does not fully cover the school’s operating expenses, however, and each year the school relies on fundraising events such as our biennial auction to reduce the gap. The Annual Fund assists further in covering this gap.

Our goal is 100 percent participation from our families. A donation enhances a child’s education at CDS and a gift of any size is a wonderful demonstration of support for Country Day School.

How can we make a gift to CDS?

You may make your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund any time before August 31st, the end of the CDS fiscal year. If you contribute by December 31, your gift can be counted as a current year tax deduction to the full extent of the law. Contributions to CDS can be made by credit card via the Greater Giving link below, cash, personal or business checks, family or giving foundations, and by transferring securities. Many members of our community also make gifts that are doubled or sometimes even tripled through their employers’ matching gift programs. If your company participates in such a program, we hope you will let them know of your donation to CDS. The Annual Fund letter and donation form can be found here, or donate now by clicking below. Thank you for your continued support!

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