Make a giftThe #mcdsspirit of giving

The #mcdsspirit came alive when students arrived back at school in August. One student, in particular, shared his #mcdsspirit by bringing a donation to the Annual Fund on the first day of school.

Meet Eddie and his family. In his own words, Eddie explains why he brought a dollar on the first day of school to give to MCDS. Eddie began the #mcdsspirit of giving, the theme of this year’s Annual Fund campaign. Read Eddie’s story.

MCDS Revenue Sources

Tuition & fees87.80%
Your gifts10.60%
Summer Discovery1.36%
MCDS building rentals0.24%

Why do we have an Annual Fund?

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 and fees (87.8%). The balance comes from other sources including the Annual Fund.

How are Annual Fund gifts used?

The Annual Fund—which completes the MCDS operating budget—is integral to delivering on the promise of an exceptional education. Your gifts to the Annual Fund:

  • support educational programming, technology, and facilities to fulfill our mission of educating the whole child and preparing each student for the demands of today’s world;
  • help MCDS attract and retain top faculty by ensuring the resources necessary for comprehensive pay, benefits, and thoughtful professional development, allowing teachers to grow in their profession and bring that enrichment back to the classroom; and
  • expand our International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum through funding specialized faculty. Starting with this school year, for example, MCDS now offers all three sciences at the IB level.


Make a gift

What amount should I give?

At whatever level you can give, every single gift counts. And every gift has a positive impact on the school! Last year, gifts ranged in size from $5 to $15,000.

Please make your gift or pledge to the Annual Fund today!

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 year at a special celebration with the Head of School. We hope to welcome you as a member.


In my office I make promises about what an MCDS education offers. I know they are grounded in what happens here. And when I step into our classrooms there’s something so dynamic and extraordinary. That’s when families see our #mcdsspirit in action.

—Keri Allard
Associate Director of Enrollment

Ways to give to the Annual Fund

Recurring Gifts

Credit card gifts are charged monthly.

Matching Gifts

Maximize Your Impact!

Your gift may be eligible for a matching gift. Check with your employer to possibly double your gift.


To make pledges and gifts, visit


Gifts made via cash, check, or credit card are fully tax-deductible.


Avoid the capital-gains tax on increased value and receive a deduction for the full-market value of the stock when you make the gift. Please contact the development office at (608) 850-6000 for a contribution of stock form.

Thank you!

Make a giftYour gift brings the transformative power of an MCDS education to life. Donors are recognized in the MCDS Annual Report, unless you elect to make an anonymous gift. Donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized as members of the Yahara Society and are welcomed each year at a special celebration of their leadership giving.