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The greatness of a community can be measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
                                           -Coretta Scott King

A Culture of Philanthropy

As Park City Day School enters its second decade, our community has established an impressive legacy of giving. We thrive from year-to-year thanks to a supportive community that gives of their time, experience, and financial resources. Below you will find an outline of the philanthropic landscape at our school, which includes opportunities for volunteering, offering gifts in kind, participating in the Annual Fund, involvement in special events such as the Spring Auction, and contributing to a newly created endowment. Your generous support during these campaigns makes it possible for us to achieve the following:

  • Attract and retain the best teachers 

  • Provide an innovative curriculum with the most current resources and technology  

  • Offer enhanced programming that includes specialists classes in visual and performing arts, STEAM education, music, Spanish instruction, and outdoor education.
  • Continue membership in the Round Square consortium of schools
  • Maintain and improve upon our facilities and beautiful 11-acre campus  

The Annual Fund

Annual Fund campaigns allow independent schools like PCDS, that do not receive local, state or federal funding, to keep tuition as affordable as possible while still offering a robust program. Your voluntary, tax-deductible contributions, as well as your connections to corporate matching, help bridge the gap between the tuition raised and the actual cost of our educational program. The Annual Fund plays a significant role in the fiscal health of our school. This five-week campaign begins on 10/4 and culminates on 11/5 in conjunction with Live PC/Give PC. Families are encouraged to contribute at whatever level they feel most comfortable. For the past decade, over 95% of families have donated to the Annual Fund. Family participation in the Annual Fund is a key indicator to outside funding sources of the level of support we have within our community.

In order to survive and thrive, independent schools like ours often rely on a three-pronged approach to fundraising including: 1) a fall Annual Fund 2) a Spring Community Event and 3) Capital Giving or Major Gifts. All of which are critical components to the fiscal health of an independent school. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all gifts are tax-deductible and no gift is too small. A vibrant, involved, and supportive community helps to ensure the school’s financial stability and secures its future. All contributions demonstrate a commitment to our community and are warmly appreciated. 

The Tuition Assistance Fund

A large portion of our annual budget is earmarked for tuition assistance, which helps to support current and prospective students. Now, more than ever, these resources are vital to our families. In 2020-21 alone, we distributed more than $472,000 to 23% of our families. 

Typically in May, we express our gratitude for the year and each other at our Spring Community Event. This beautiful culminating celebration is the ideal moment to make a lasting commitment to our growing community and the future of PCDS. This, along with the fall Annual Fund campaign, allow us to provide an exceptional experience to a wide variety of families.    

Please consider a gift to the Tuition Assistance Fund. Whatever you are able to contribute will make a significant difference in the lives of many of our families. Gifts of all sizes are incredibly important -- after all, when we come together, we can achieve great things. We sincerely appreciate your participation in this important campaign. To donate, click here.

The Annual Fund, The Spring Event, & Capital Giving

The Annual Fund
An annual fund plays a critical role in the ongoing fiscal health of an independent school. At PCDS, this vibrant five week campaign takes place in the fall and helps support the operating budget for the current school year. Each year we launching The Annual Fund campaign as the cornerstone of our fundraising effort. Financial gifts received during this campaign help bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of the educational program while also allowing us to keep tuition competitive. 
The Annual Fund provides a broad-based and accessible way for PCDS to raise money for its educational programming with an emphasis on community participation. All families are asked to contribute at whatever level they feel most comfortable. Last year, gifts ranged from $5 to $20,000, and 100% of PCDS families, Faculty and Staff, and the Board of Trustees contributed over $211,000. 

Donations to The Annual Fund are “unrestricted” and are used to recruit and retain the best teachers while also maintaining and enhancing current programs and facilities. The 2021-22 Annual Fund campaign will run between October 4th and November 5, 2021 culminating with Live PC Give PC.
Why doesn’t PCDS raise tuition to cover operating costs?
An annual fund allows independent schools like PCDS to keep tuition as competitive as possible for a majority of our  families. This allows the opportunity for voluntary, tax-deductible contributions to help bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the operating budget. 
The PCDS Board of Trustees believes that a socioeconomically diverse student body brings valuable learning perspectives to our school. In order to facilitate this, the Board tries to strike a balance between: 1) Setting a competitive tuition price which covers the majority of the budgetary needs, and 2) Not pricing the tuition so high that it forces our families to seek other options. 

Finally, strong participation in T
he Annual Fund is a major indicator to outside, long-term funding sources that our community is highly committed to our school.
The Spring Event
The PCDS Spring Community Event has been incredibly successful over the years in providing additional funds for our people and programs. The event, which typically follows an auction format, is held in May.

The most recent PCDS Spring Community Event; “Here Comes the Sun,” was held in the greenhouse at
the Park City Nursery & Gardens and raised over $119,000. PCDS parents, friends, community leaders, faculty and staff enjoyed a fabulous night of dinner and dancing under the stars, while participating in various auctions and opportunity drawings geared towards traveling and spreading our wings once again. After all, it was the first time we had been able to come together as a community since the pandemic began 18 months prior. A wonderful time was had by all.

The next Spring Event, entitled Grounded in Giving, will take place at Courchevel Bistro on Historic Main Street in Park City on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled for Friday, May 6th and Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th.  
Major Gifts, Capital Giving & Endowment 

PCDS is seeking high-value gifts which may be given in one lump sum or over a period of years. These gifts, which may be earmarked as either “restricted” or “unrestricted,” may be used to replenish and sustain reserves, to fund academic programs, to attracting, recruiting, and retaining  outstanding faculty and staff or to establish our first endowment. We are excited to launch our first endowment in 2021-22, which will ensure a PCDS education is available to Park City students for generations to come.  

PCDS may also embark on a future Capital Campaign, which is a school-wide effort to fund large-scale needs, including renovation and building projects, technology and campus improvements, or significant programmatic upgrades. These types of campaigns are well-publicized and usually take place over a period of years.
Visionary Stewardship
Even in our short history, PCDS has a wonderful story to tell. In 2010, as the communities of The Colby School and Park City Academy merged to create the Park City Day School, a handful of families came forward and generously provided sustaining donations to solidify our creation. These gifts have contributed significantly to the lives of countless young people and helped establish a culture of philanthropy at PCDS that has allowed it to become what it is today. 
As we look ahead to the next decade and beyond, we are seeking your partnership and participation in our fundraising efforts to cement Park City Day School’s future and invest in our legacy as a premier independent school. 

Should you have any questions regarding our philanthropic efforts or if you would like to get more involved, please contact me. With your partnership, I look forward to our continued growth in the future.    
Warmest regards, 

Brad McCutcheon     
Director of Advancement

Park City Day School