Philanthropy fuels our ability to deliver on our mission for every student, every day
Sheryl Piper Director of Philanthropy “ The opportunity to connect people’s hearts with the school’s Mission is what has inspired me for over 30 years. The heart of our Spartan Community shows through the generous sharing of gifts and investments of time and expertise by others who also believe in Country Day. I am committed to asking for gifts that I know will impact every part of the school’s Mission and support our teachers and students, every day. I’m proud when our graduates return as parents, teachers and colleagues, and when they serve as members of the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board. I know first-hand that the school lives its Mission as a proud parent of two graduates, Helen ’07 and Maggie ’10. ”
James W. Moore ’65 , Chairman of the Board
James W. Moore ‘65 can still sing the MCDS Alma Mater from his years as a young student. As an alumnus, alumni parent, former President of the Alumni Association, and now Chairman of the Board of Trustees, where he has served for 27 years, James is more committed than ever to ensure the future of Miami Country Day. The Garner Moore Family walks the talk and supports our students and teachers every year. There is not one initiative or building on the Miami Country Day School campus that hasn’t been supported by The Garner Moore Family. I invite you to hear from James Moore whose family has been involved in the school for over 70 years.
Matthew Lazenby , President of the Board
Matthew Whitman Lazenby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Whitman Family Development, LLC, and is the fourth-generation leader in the family owned business that began developing commercial real estate in Miami in the early twentieth century. Matthew has served on the Board for 14 years and he and his wife, Kristin, have three young boys at the school. They continue to support the legacy his grandparents established as longtime benefactors of Miami Country Day. As President of the Board, Matthew leads the 30 member volunteer group whose areas of responsibility include supporting the Head of School as their sole employee, managing governance and best practices, stewarding the school’s resources, and securing philanthropic support for the financial sustainability of the school. Here’s Matthew’s Why Miami Country Day.
Philanthropy at a Glance For 2019-20
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Parents’ Association allocations
Donors to the Spartan Relief Fund
Gift Club members
raised on Give Miami Day
Spartan Seats Sold; 419 available CFA
Philanthropy Social Events
Appreciation for our donors and their support of our students and teachers is expressed through a variety of special events. Enjoy the views from recent 7500 Club and Palm Society events.
The 1938 Society
In 2015, during the school’s 75th Anniversary year, Head of School, Dr. John Davies, recognized members of the inaugural class of The 1938 Society. The 1938 Society recognizes the leadership of those benefactors whose cumulative monetary gifts or irrevocable gifts to Miami Country Day School have reached $1 million or more.
A sculpture titled Wisdom by Santiago Medina was installed on the Plaza de Colombia to honor present and future members of The 1938 Society. Special thanks to the following donors: C.W. “Doc” and Hetty Abele, The Bautista Family, The Chaplin and Jove Families, Michael J. and Katherine E. Franco, The Garner Moore Family, Roger L. Koch, The Parents’ Association, The Whitman and Lazenby Family.
Then and Now
Imagine the campus in the late 30s when the school was founded as a for-profit, boys’ boarding school. There were 12 acres, nine students, two teachers and five buildings. Look around. Today, the school is a coeducational independent not-for-profit day school with 22 acres, more than 1200 students and 200 teachers.
More than half of the buildings were added beginning in the 80s and those were made possible through gifts. One of the first named buildings was the James G. Garner Family Student Activities Center. It was dedicated in 1984 and has served the school community well housing classrooms, the cafeteria and a stage. Today, this space has been transformed into the Garner Center for Innovation.
The addition of the Franco Center for Learning Resources in 2015 and the Center for the Arts in 2017 are more recent examples of the impact capital campaigns have on our community. They provide additional and state-of-the-art space as well as places for students to explore the dynamic educational opportunities required of the world today.
Miami Country Day is committed to being good stewards of all of its resources. The Office of Philanthropy produces a special Donor Report to honor our community of donors and share stories of the impact philanthropy has on the school’s mission. In addition, every year the school undergoes an annual audit conducted by an outside firm and those reports are available upon request.
The Legacy Society provides long-term financial support for Miami Country Day School. Individuals and families are supporting the financial sustainability of the school through bequests made by a will, life insurance policies, or other estate gifts.
All planned gifts add strength to the school’s endowment, which is the financial foundation for a successful educational institution. Endowed funds generate income and support scholarships, teachers, buildings, programs, and other important purposes set by the Board of Trustees.
Planned Giving Advisory Council
The Planned Giving Advisory Council (PGAC) is chaired by James W. Moore ’65 and the Council assists the Board of Trustees in its focus on increasing the endowment through planned gifts to support the school’s financial sustainability. An advisor’s role includes identifying and making connections with the school’s philanthropic needs. The composition of the Council includes parents, grandparents, alumni, and community members who work in the business of financial planning, accounting, and estate law.
Endowments are the financial foundation of an independent school like Miami Country Day. Rather than being used for immediate needs, endowed funds are invested under guidance from the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees. Endowment is comprised of funds in which the principal is invested and all or part of the earnings are used to financially support faculty, programs, scholarship and facilities.
Strong endowments enable schools to endure fluctuations in enrollment and market demand by diminishing dependence on tuition revenue. While Country Day’s annual operating expenses are primarily met through tuition and philanthropic gifts, endowment provides long-term financial security and contributions to the school’s endowment enable mission-driven decisions that continue Miami Country Day’s legacy of academic excellence. Today, the school has $10.5 million in endowment.
The average endowment for day schools as recommended by the National Association of Independent Schools (“NAIS”) is $25,000 per student. As such, the school is committed to growing the endowment with bequests, endowed chairs and other forms of planned gifts. This is the most important way Country Day will financially sustain itself in the future.
John C. “Jack” DuBois
In 2015, five days after what would have been his 88th birthday, Miami Country Day School received acknowledgement of the distribution of gifts made through the John C. DuBois Living Trust. The school received over $175,000 and while this gift will never replace Jack, it remind us of the love and devotion he had for children, education and Miami Country Day.
For Miami Country Day School, John C. “Jack” DuBois provided a link to the past and through his gift helped to ensure its future. Jack had a 54 year history with Country Day. He served as a faculty member from 1954 to 1981, as a teacher of history, geography, English and Latin. He fostered the development of the school’s interscholastic athletic program, coached Varsity football, soccer and baseball, and in 1979 he was named Athletic Director and the Spartan athletic teams entered into a full-scale high school varsity program. In 1987 he was appointed by Head of School Bill Creeden, to serve as Alumni Advisor working with the Development/Alumni Office.