Independent schools like ours rely on different funding sources than public, parochial, or charter schools.

For MCDS, most, but not all, operating revenue comes from tuition. We rely on individual gifts from our community to close the 10-12% gap in our budget. 

The MCDS Guide to Giving provides a comprehensive overview of volunteering and fundraising at MCDS.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to give, including donating or pledging online, sending in a check, setting-up recurring monthly donations through a credit card or the school’s billing program, or gifting stock (which allows donors to get a tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock and avoid capital gain from selling the securities).

MCDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; all donations made to MCDS are tax-deductible. The school’s FEIN is 39-1832986.

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We are All-In!

This year’s MCDS Annual Fund goal is to achieve 100% family participation in supporting our school and our students. Most families designate their gifts to the “Greatest Need,” but gifts can also be designated to help fund our top three priorities:

Gifts of every size matter.
Small gifts add up.

We could not have reached last year’s goal without the 220+ smaller gifts that added up to make a big difference. Thank you!

Your gift brings the transformative power of an MCDS education to life. All donors are recognized in the MCDS Annual Report of Giving, unless you elect to make an anonymous gift.

Yahara Society

Donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized as members of the Yahara Society and are invited each year to a special celebration of their leadership giving. Thank you for considering joining the Yahara Society this year.

Thank you: Annual Report of Giving 2021-22

You can make a gift towards a specific fund, or designate it towards the area of greatest need.