Fundraising Programs

Since its founding in 1908, LCDS has thrived because of the generosity of families, alumni, and friends who believe in our mission and who are committed to our future. There are many ways to support our school:
 
THE EXCELLENCE FUND
The Excellence Fund is the annual and recurring effort that benefits every aspect of the LCDS experience, including arts, athletics, technology, and of course, academics.  The Excellence Fund truly impacts every student and helps ensure the vibrancy and vigor that define LCDS.  Because of its profound impact on the experience we are able to offer, we ask everyone within our community to make The Excellence Fund their highest philanthropic priority.
 
Room to Grow CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 
The LCDS Master Campus Plan calls for facilities upgrades to occur over the next two decades. The plan’s first phase was realized in summer 2016 with the renovation of our Lower School and the creation of President Avenue access. The second phase, a new athletics and physical education complex opened in the fall of 2017. Future phases call for the construction of a new theater and science center. The $11,000,000 Room to Grow capital campaign makes these projects possible. We will ask everyone in our community to help and are happy to structure multi-year payment plans for families who wish to make stretch gifts. Many naming opportunities will also be available. 

GIFTS FOR PENNSYLVANIA TAX CREDIT - EITC AND OSTC
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognizes LCDS as an approved scholarship organization within the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. These programs allow companies to make significant contributions to LCDS and to receive 90% tax credits in return.  Any business with a Pennsylvania tax liability is eligible to participate.  Last year, corporate partners gave LCDS more than $350,000. Corporate gifts range from $1,000 to more than $50,000. For more information, visit the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development, our Gifts for Tax Credit or contact the LCDS Chief Advancement Officer.
 
FUNDFEST 
This annual springtime celebration features a fun-filled evening with live and silent auctions, great food and lively entertainment. In conjunction with this event, the school solicits both silent and live auction items, as well as personal and corporate sponsorships. For more information about FundFest, contact Sherry Vernet at (717) 392-2916 ext. 330.
 
ENDOWMENT GIFTS
Lancaster Country Day School is fortunate to have an endowment in excess of $10 million. The principal funds are protected so that every year a portion of the endowment's interest revenue may be designated in support of scholarships, programs, and faculty salaries. LCDS is grateful to members of the community who invest in existing endowed funds, those who create new funds within their lifetimes and others who create funds through estate provisions,  If you wish to make a lasting tribute to a classmate, teacher or friend, please contact Chief Advancement Officer, Shelby LaMar, (717) 392-2916 ext. 231.
 
PLANNED GIFTS
Have you included LCDS in your estate plans? There are a variety of giving strategies that help you provide for LCDS while also advancing your own personal objectives. Our Heritage Society recognizes individuals who have made provisions for Lancaster Country Day School.

LCDS is a 501c3 and gifts are fully tax deductible.
 

Meet Our Staff

List of 6 members.

  • Shelby LaMar 

    Chief Advancement Officer
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  • Corinne Topper 

    Director of Annual Giving
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  • Anne Dandridge '98 

    Director of Alumni & Community Relations
    1998
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  • Ellen Simpson 

    1973
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  • Sherry Vernet 

    Special Events Coordinator
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  • Debby Stahl 

    Database Manager
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An independent, college-preparatory school founded in 1908, Lancaster Country Day School combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive and encouraging faculty to ensure that every preschool-12th grade student receives the best education available. In addition to Lancaster, students come from Hershey, York and Reading to become part of our vibrant, high-spirited community.


Lancaster Country Day School © 2013

725 Hamilton Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 392-2916