The Annual Fund is the most important fundraising effort at MCDS each year. Tuition alone does not cover the actual cost of providing an MCDS education; the school relies on voluntary, tax-deductible contributions to make up the 6.5% annual operating budget gap. This year, our gap per student is $3,500.
The Annual Fund is a philanthropic opportunity to make an impact today that directly supports the people and programs that make MCDS a unique and unparalleled educational experience. Consistent with the independent school financial model, the Annual Fund is a collective gift from the community to fill an intentional 6.5% gap in the annual operating budget. Dollars donated are immediately put to work in the areas that matter most: attracting and retaining our exceptional teachers; providing dynamic and rigorous academic programs; purposefully integrating music, arts, athletics, and outdoor education into the curriculum; and supporting a diverse and inclusive community.
Consistent with all independent schools, our tuition is intentionally set below the full cost of education. We do this to provide for greater affordability, engaging a wider-ranging student community, as well as allowing families to pay for a portion of educational expenses through a tax-deductible donation.
For these reasons, the Annual Fund is the most important yearly fundraising effort at MCDS. We aim for 100% participation from the board of trustees, current families, and faculty and staff.
Gifts of all sizes matter and are appreciated, they make a difference to our students and the community.
Annual Fund pledges are payable by May 15. Current families are asked to make a specific pledge or gift before the 100th day of school (February 14).
If you are interested in learning about how you can get involved with Philanthropy at MCDS, or for information about the Annual Fund, please contact the Development Office at (415) 945-5937.