What is the MCDS Annual Fund?
Every independent school must balance the investment it makes in its curriculum and faculty, as well as the other expenses natural for a school, with an income generated from earning and contributions. And as is the case with independent schools across the nation, MCDS studies the gap: the difference between the bottom line that tuition simply cannot cover. Your support of the Annual Fund directly balances the budget, making this Madison Country Day School’s most important fundraising priority.
Where Do the Annual Fund Dollars go?
Gifts to the Annual Fund directly support the current school year’s budget so your contribution helps to fund everything that happens at MCDS. Your contributions support:
• A community where every child is truly known
• Our talented and dedicated faculty
• A world-class curriculum focused on critical and creative thinking
• An exceptional visual and performing arts program
• A nurturing athletic program
• Student life enriched by a vibrant character education program
• Our beautiful campus and facilities
Doesn’t tuition cover the cost of these expenses?
The cost of an MCDS education is significant, but tuition alone does not cover the entire cost of educating each student. Contributions to the Annual Fund address the gap. Nearly 9% of the operating budget is funded by the Annual Fund making this the school’s primary annual fundraising priority.
Who gives to the Annual Fund?
Current and past parents, grandparents, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, friends, businesses and foundations.
How much should I give?
We ask each person to participate at a level appropriate for his or her circumstances. Gifts at all levels are vital to the success of the Annual Fund and are appreciated.
I want to participate, but do small gifts really matter?
They really do! In fact, nearly 50% of the gifts made to the Annual Fund are gifts of $100 or less. It’s all about participation. Participation in the Annual Fund indicates overall support of the school; this is extremely important to outside funding sources such as foundations.
When should I give?
Now! Although the fiscal year ends on June 30, an early gift or pledge (even if you don’t contribute until later) builds momentum and allows us more time to concentrate on families less familiar with the importance of the Annual Fund.
How important is alumni giving?
Participation from our growing Alumni Association is critical to the Alumni Fund. The spirit of participation and generosity lends a sense of pride to all who take part. Alumni support is a special way to help preserve the past and invest in the future of MCDS.
What is the Yahara Society?
Each year, individuals who make gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized for their leadership contributions as members of the Yahara Society. These donors are honored each fall at a special celebration with the Head of School. We hope to welcome you as a member this fall.
For more information on how you can support this year’s Annual Fund, please contact the Development Office at (608) 850-6000.