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Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Fund

How does the Annual Fund fit within the school's business model?

The Annual Fund offers a tax-deductible opportunity to augment tuition revenue that supports the school’s operating budget. It allows the Country Day community—parents, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, grandparents and friends of all financial circumstances—the ability to support the life of the school. This is a common practice for most independent schools throughout the country and is becoming more valuable as we continue to face challenging economic times and rising expenses.

Where do Annual Fund dollars go?

The Annual Fund is fundamental to the school’s operating budget each year. Therefore, dollars raised ensure that the school can attract and support excellent faculty and staff, offer dynamic programming, and allow students access to technology. In these ways, the funds help to maintain small classroom sizes and makes possible professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff. The Annual Fund also enables the institution to offer financial aid opportunities that foster community.

Why should I participate in the Annual Fund this year?

A gift to the Annual Fund sends a powerful message that you believe in Charlotte Country Day and its mission. When you participate, you become part of the school’s philanthropic legacy in support of teaching and learning. Additionally, broad support from the entire school community helps to influence the giving decisions of foundations, further enhancing the learning experiences the school can offer.

Why give more this year than last year?

The Board of Trustees and Head of School are committed to minimizing tuition increases while continuing to offer every student an excellent education. The majority of any school budget is applied to people and facility maintenance, leaving little flexibility due to those fixed costs. The cost of providing an excellent education continues to increase significantly, putting pressure on the budget while maintaining only a 1.5% increase in tuition for the seventh consecutive year. We ask those who can stretch to please do so, given that not everyone can due to their current circumstances.

What is the difference between the Annual Fund and other fundraising efforts hosted by the Parents’ Association and Boosters Club, etc.?

All giving to Country Day is greatly appreciated and offers important support to various areas of school life. The Annual Fund is a budgeted fundraising priority of the school because it offers significant, unrestricted operating support to Country Day on a yearly basis. Other fundraising efforts hosted by the Parents’ Association, Boosters Club, and other parent volunteer groups raise restricted dollars for special projects to build community and offer other ways for families to give of their time and resources to the school.

Can I restrict my Annual Fund gift?

The Annual Fund is a primary source for unrestricted, annual operating support. Those critical, flexible dollars allow the school to meet the most pressing and immediate needs of the institution. Country Day does not have a sizeable endowment relative to other peer institutions of its size to augment revenue provided by tuition dollars, which makes us more dependent on the success of the Annual Fund.

100% of our faculty and staff have already participated in the 2016–17 Annual Fund

Mike Ryan

Setting the Bar

Mike Ryan, an electrician in Plant Operations, has worked at Country Day since 2003 and for the past several years, he has been the very first donor to pledge his support for the upcoming year's campaign.

“I support the Annual Fund to show how much I appreciate all that Country Day does for my family and me, and its students. I think it's important for faculty and staff to give to the Annual Fund because it sets the bar and shows the parents and others that it's important to participate."

Mike Ryan, Plant Operations


If you have questions about the Annual Fund, please contact:
Merrill Mills, Director of the Annual Fund
(704) 943-4540 | E-mail
Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Rd Road, Charlotte,
NC North Carolina 28226
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