Overview of Development at DDS
Located on the second floor, the Development Office is responsible for the School's development and communications activities. The Office coordinates fundraising, keeps in touch with alumni, past parents and grandparents, supports the Parents Association, manages the DDS website, and produces print and electronic publications including The Courtyard and Annual Report.
Annual Giving: Each year a team of current parents in addition to representatives of our alumni, past parents, grandparents, and Board members, lead the effort to raise money for the annual operational and instructional expenses not covered by tuition. The Annual Fund represents approximately ten percent of the School's operating budget, and helps limit tuition increases, attract and retain outstanding faculty, support an unmatched academic program, ensure economic diversity of the student body, maintain the School's remarkable campus, and strengthen our spirit of community. The Annual Fund is the single most important way to maintain Dutchess Day School's tradition of excellence.
Charitable Contributions: Dutchess Day School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Therefore, charitable gifts to DDS are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The School asks parents to make DDS a philanthropic priority. Parents are asked to make annual contributions (see Annual Giving) to enhance the educational opportunities for the students. In addition, the School seeks leadership gifts for facilities, endowment, and other special projects. Please contact the Development Office to learn more about the specific giving opportunities and the School's strategic priorities.
The Courtyard: Published for alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends, the School's magazine contains articles on school activities and education-related issues, communications from the administration, alumni news, and artwork and writing by current students. It is typically produced twice per year.
Annual Report: This annual summary of fundraising at DDS for the previous fiscal year, identifies all donors to the Annual Fund, and other strategic initiatives, including special events.
If you would like to learn more about joining our efforts and becoming a volunteer or making a donation, please contact Hillary Henderson, Director of Development at Henderson@dutchessday.org.