MCDS Fund: Your choice can make a difference during this critical time for our school and our community.

Your support is vital.

Your tax-deductible gift to the MCDS Annual Fund covers the portion of the operating budget not covered by tuition and provides the resources to fund this year’s top priorities.

Our top priorities:


A vibrant student experience sparks intellectual and personal growth, inspires leadership and creativity, and perpetuates the joy of learning in and outside the classroom. 

Help MCDS initiate and continue the intellectually stimulating, personally enriching, and academically challenging programming and extracurricular activities that set our school apart and help our students grow.


Faculty excellence is the number one ingredient for a successful school. “Staffulty” is the word created by our faculty and staff to show our strong connection as a team.

Help MCDS attract, retain, and support our greatest assets: our people. This fund supports faculty and staff professional development, our Leadership Fellows program, and our effort to raise salaries and benefits.


An environment of community members with different backgrounds and perspectives is key to developing the world’s future leaders, critical thinkers, and compassionate lifelong learners.

Help MCDS continue to develop our outstanding educational programing that delivers academic excellence and offer it to more families through our need-based financial aid and merit scholarships.

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or, you can direct your gift to the area of greatest need.

Why is the MCDS Fund necessary?

Independent schools like ours rely on different funding sources than public, parochial, or charter schools. Older independent institutions also tend to have large endowments to fall back on in financial downturns. For MCDS, most, but not all, operating revenue comes from tuition and fees. The balance comes primarily from fundraising, including the MCDS Fund.

Operating Revenue

MCDS Revenues pie chart

Auxiliary Programs


Net tuition and fees

Operating Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and Benefits


Instructional Expenses

Instructional Expenses


Administrative and Finance Expenses

Administrative and Finance Expenses


Building, Equipment, Grounds, and Transportation Expenses

Building, Equipment, Grounds, and Transportation Expenses


Make your choice to make a difference today.

Your gift brings the transformative power of an MCDS education to life. All donors are recognized in the online 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.

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Remember: 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.

For more information:
Contact Dana Asmuth, Director of Advancement, at or (608) 850-6000

Why should I participate?

Gifts of every size matter. Small gifts add up.

We could not have reached last year’s goal without the 200+ smaller gifts that added up to make a big difference. Thank you!

Financial giving is part of our community and school culture. Show your Prairie Hawk pride with your support today.

MCDS students and teacher