The Country Day Fund is the school's top annual fundraising priority, providing critical, unrestricted support to our operating budget, impacting our students every day. Annual giving dollars allow our school to be nimble and responsive to changing needs and demands.

Make a Gift to the Country Day Fund


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CDF 5% Operating Budget
At Country Day, tuition only 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. We are committed to minimizing tuition increases while continuing to offer every student an excellent education. Broad community participation is vital for the health of the school, and all community members are invited to invest in the success and life of our school with a gift to the Country Day Fund. Community members are invited to share an area of the Country Day education they would most like to impact with their support.
Country Day Fund: Areas of impact

How Country Day Fund Donors Are Recognized

Country Day is deeply grateful for the philanthropic generosity that sustains our school. We established levels to recognize and honor donors who make generous gifts to the Country Day Fund each year.


Head's Circle


Leadership Circle


Selwyn Society


Selwyn Society donors

Friends of Country Day

Up to $499

Young Alumni Selwyn Society (YASS)

—Classes 10 to 15 years post-graduation: $500+
—Classes 5 to 10 years post graduation: $250+
—Classes 5 or less years post-graduation: Participation

Fundraising Philosophy

Our fundraising philosophy is based on respect for our families, transparency, and a very sincere need. We have worked to improve our fundraising strategies based on these principles, while still ensuring that we solicit the funding necessary to continue to provide the faculty and staff with training and tools to maximize their skills and to provide new opportunities for growth and learning for our students.

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Download our "Philanthropy 101" and "Fall In for The Country Day Fund" brochures.


If you have questions about the Country Day Fund or would like to volunteer, please contact:
Leighann Swanson
Director of the Country Day Fund
(704) 943-4543 | E-mail

We hope you'll join our community-wide pledge drive in support of the Country Day Fund. Together, we can give students and teachers the very best opportunities to be Country Day Ready.