What is the Endowment?

Endowment funds are similar to savings accounts that generate income from the investment of the principal. For example, a gift to the MacLane Fund for Scholarship is placed in the endowment, allowing it to grow and produce more income. While the principal is not touched, an annual distribution from the earnings supports the school. A gift to the endowment is not a gift to the annual fund, but many families choose to support both.

Endowment Fund

Endowment funds are similar to savings accounts that generate income from the investment of the principal. When a gift is made to the General Endowment Fund, Founders' Promise Endowment Fund or MacLane Endowment Fund the gift is invested, allowed to grow, and to produce income.At The Country School, all monies and interest earned through endowment are earmarked for scholarship.


During the spring 2012 Farmhouse Reserve/Full STEAM Ahead Celebration, funds were raised to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (or STEAM) at The Country School. We welcome gifts earmarked for this signature program, which will help prepare our students for life and careers in the 21st Century.

Children's Garden Fund

Donors to the Children's Garden Fund have helped underwrite garden improvements, the construction of the Outdoor Garden Shelter, and professional development and support for faculty overseeing the garden program.

Outdoor Education Fund

The Country School welcomes gifts to particular aspects of our program, and in recent years we have been pleased to receive generous donations earmarked for Outdoor Education, another longstanding Country School signature program. These donations help ensure that we continue to deliver the kind of unforgettable, life-changing outdoor experiences that our alumni prize.

The Heritage Society - Planned Giving

The Heritage Society is our planned giving program. Gifts through the Heritage Society help support the long-term health of the school.

Gifts of Time and Expertise

Each year, volunteers give thousands of hours of time and expertise to our community, invaluable resources as we attempt to offer the best education possible to our students.

We thank all our donors, volunteers, and supporters!

To learn more about these and other giving opportunities, or if you have a gift of time, talent, or treasure you wish to discuss, please contact Director of Development, Nicole Burke. Email nicole.burke@thecountryschool.org or call (203) 421-3113, extension 124.