THE COUNTRY DAY FUND


The Country Day Fund is the School's most important annual fundraising priority. It provides unrestricted funds that directly support the annual operating budget. The Country Day Fund benefits every student, every year, by bridging the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of providing a Country Day education. 

If you have questions about the Country Day Fund, please contact our Director of Annual Giving, Caroline Ellinghausen at (504) 849-3112 or caroline_ellinghausen@mpcds.com.



List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Where do the Country Day Fund Dollars go?

    All contributions to the Country Day Fund go directly into the current school year’s budget, so your contribution helps fund everything that happens at Country Day. Contributions to the Country Day Fund support:
    • Our talented and dedicated faculty
    • An advanced visual and performing arts program
    • A full-spectrum athletic program
    • An enriched student life
    • Advanced technology
    • An exceptional campus and facilities
    • A culture rich in tradition
  • Q: Doesn't tuition cover the cost of these expenses?

    The cost of a Country Day education is significant, but tuition alone does not cover the entire cost to educate a Country Day student. Thus, every student actually receives a subsidy made possible through annual giving to the Country Day Fund. Nearly 4% of the 2022-2023 operating budget is funded by the Country Day Fund. For this reason, it is the school’s primary annual fundraising priority.
     
  • Q: Who gives to the Country Day Fund?

    Alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents, parents of alumni, foundations, corporations and friends contribute to the fund.
  • Q: How much should I give?

    We ask each person to participate at a level appropriate for their circumstances. Gifts at all levels are vital to the success of the Country Day Fund and are appreciated.
  • Q: I want to participate, but do small gifts really matter?

    They really do! In fact, more than a quarter of the gifts made to the Country Day Fund are gifts of $100 or less.

    Furthermore, participation in the Country Day Fund indicates overall support of the school, which is extremely important to outside funding sources, such as foundations. For example, when considering whether to award a grant to Country Day, a foundation will ask about participation percentages from alumni, parents, faculty, and trustees. In short, all corporate and foundation giving begins with you.
  • Q: When should I give?

    Now! Although the fiscal year ends on June 30, 2020, an early gift or pledge (even if you don’t pay until later) saves the school the cost of additional mailings, helps build momentum and allows our volunteers more time to concentrate on gifts from those less familiar with the importance of the Country Day Fund.
  • Q: What is Reunion Giving?

    We encourage classes to set special Country Day Fund goals in honor of their reunions. The spirit of participation and generosity lends a sense of pride to all who take part. Reunion Giving is a special way for a class as a whole to help preserve the past and invest in the future of Country Day as others have done before.
  • Q: What is the Associates' Dinner?

    Each year, individuals who make gifts at the Associates level or higher ($1,500+) are recognized for their leadership contributions and are invited to a special event in their honor. We hope you will join this leadership group by becoming a Country Day Associate.
  • Q: What is the Leadership Donor Dinner?

    Each year, individuals who make gifts at the 10,000 level and above are invited to a special dinner in the Spring to honor their gift to the Country Day Fund. 
COUNTRY DAY FUND GIVING LEVELS

BENEFACTORS
$50,000 and above

FOUNDER CIRCLE
$20,000 - $49,999

TRUSTEES CIRCLE
$10,000 - $19,999

COUNTRY DAY COUNCIL
$5,000 - $9,999

ASSOCIATES OF EXCELLENCE
$2,500 - $4,999
ASSOCIATES
$1,500 - $2,499

FELLOWS
$500 - $1,499

RED AND BLUE CLUB
$250 - $499

DECADE CLUB
Young alumni who graduated within the last decade (2012-2022) and give $10 for every year since graduation.


 

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List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Lori Gordillo

    Lori Gordillo 

    Director of Development
    (504) 849-3111
  • Photo of Caroline Ellinghausen

    Caroline Ellinghausen 

    Director of Annual Giving
    (504) 849-3112
  • Photo of Pamela Guter

    Pamela Guter 

    504-828-3408
  • Photo of Jennifer  Marsiglia

    Jennifer  Marsiglia 97

    Director of Alumni Relations
    (504) 849-3114
  • Photo of Jennifer Myers

    Jennifer Myers 09

    Director of Marketing and Public Relations
    (504) 849-3113
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.

Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.