The Annual Fund is the backbone of philanthropy at Phoenix Country Day School as it provides the resources our school needs to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a PCDS education.
Each year, we ask our current parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to support the Annual Fund with a tax-deductible gift that is meaningful to their family.
Participation is most important— any gift makes an impact on student experiences right away. And, parent support is a key factor in national rankings as an indicator of the health of a school and for prospective faculty, staff, and families gauging the climate of parent and school support.
For more information, please contact Katie Charles, Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship.
- What is the PCDS Annual Fund?
- Who participates?
- Why participate?
- How do I participate?
- How much should I give?
The Annual Fund is comprised of philanthropic contributions that bridge the gap between tuition, which covers 91% of the School’s operating budget, and the full cost of each student’s experience at PCDS. The Annual Fund touches every aspect of our students’ lives – from academics to arts to athletics and beyond.
Everyone! Each year, we ask current families, faculty & staff, alumni, grandparents, and friends of the School to give a tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund. In 2018-19, we received 2,023 gifts totaling $801,876. With that, 100% of our faculty & staff, Board of Trustees, and Alumni Board gave to the Annual Fund, as well as 77% of current families.
In addition to providing vital financial support to the School, a high participation rate in the Annual Fund signals a strong and supportive community. It is also important in securing outside funding (i.e. foundation grants), our national ranking, and perhaps most importantly, it shows prospective families and faculty that our community is “all in” and invested in PCDS’s mission and success. In 2019-20, our goal is 100% participation among current families.
We ask every current family to give or pledge their support to the 2019-20 Annual Fund by December 21, 2019 – payable by June 30, 2020. The easiest way to do so is online or fill out a pledge card at the front office.
We ask each family to support the Annual Fund with a contribution that is meaningful to your family. While leadership gifts of $1,000 or more are critical to the success of the Annual Fund, the combined impact of every gift size helps provide the margin of excellence at PCDS. And it brings us one step closer to 100% participation.
Annual Fund Donor Levels
Every dollar is put to immediate use to fund:
- Faculty salaries
- Enrichment opportunities
- Arts programs
- Extracurricular activities
- Technology upgrades
- Off-campus experiences
- Need-based scholarships
- Campus safety
….and much more