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 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.
FundFest is the largest annual fundraiser for Lancaster Country Day School – an evening for parents, alumni, grandparents and friends to celebrate the school community. FundFest 2019 will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in our Parents Fieldhouse and the new Physical Education & Athletics Center on the LCDS campus. In addition to heavy butlered hors d'oeuvres, dinner and cocktails, the evening features a raffle, silent and live auctions, and Children's Challenge.
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.
The LCDS Campus Master Plan was drafted in 2013 and calls for four major areas of 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 and additional parking. The second phase, a new Physical Education & Athletic Center, opened in the fall of 2017. Future phases call for the construction of a new theater and science center. The $14,000,000 Room to Grow capital campaign project makes these improvements possible.
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.
Lancaster Country Day School is fortunate to have an endowment in excess of $24 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 at (717) 397-7240.
LCDS is a 501c3 and gifts are fully tax deductible.
Joined LCDS in 2009. Washington & Lee University, B.A. Elizabethtown College, M.B.A.
Shelby LaMar joined LCDS in 2009 as chief advancement officer. Shelby came to Lancaster from Washington, D.C. where he worked for Community Counseling Services, a fundraising consulting firm. As a consultant, Shelby directed campaigns and other development projects for schools, health care and religious organizations. Prior to consulting, Shelby worked for nine years in development at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va. A Washington & Lee University grad, and lifer at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville Va., Shelby has managed to collect a yearbook for all but six years of his life.