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Our Culture of Philanthropy

The extraordinary generosity and commitment of our parents, alumni, and school community has sustained our ability to offer excellence in education for more than 80 years.

Together, we help every student attain his or her personal best. Tuition plays the largest role in an independent school's funding structure; however, rarely does tuition cover the full cost of educating a student. At Country Day, tuition covers 80–85% of the cost per student each year. A significant percentage of our operating budget is spent on retaining and supporting the highest quality of faculty and staff.

Philanthropic Initiatives

Annual giving and gifts to capital projects, endowment, and parent support groups provide avenues for community members to engage in the life of the school. In 2021–22, Country Day completed the largest capital campaign in the school's history, raising over $90 million for the construction of five new buildings, facility improvements, and the completion of a strategic plan.

Our school community helps provide our students with an exceptional educational experience and opportunities that go far beyond the classroom, ensuring Country Day graduates are ready to thrive in college and beyond.


Fundraising priority for the school is the Country Day Fund.


of the operating budget comes from the Country Day Fund; tuition covers 85% of the cost per student each year.


of faculty/staff and Board of Trustees give to the Country Day Fund every year.


Average gift amount to the Country Day Fund

$60.5 million*

Value of our endowment--the largest among independent schools in NC *(as of 9/30/22)


restricted and unrestricted endowment and scholarship funds

Our Fundraising Model

Country Day Fund

The Country Day Fund is our top annual fundraising priority, providing critical, unrestricted support to our operating budget.

Endowment & Capital Giving

Endowment plays a critical role in ensuring long-term financial stability.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is one of the most powerful philanthropic tools available and includes long-term estate planning.