Annual Fund

The True Blue Fund is the foundation of Mark Day School's giving program. The annual fund touches all corners of school life, providing funds for faculty professional development, bringing outside speakers to campus, sets for school plays, and more.

By design and as at most independent schools, Mark Day School's tuition does not fully fund the cost of a Mark Day School education and the True Blue Fund helps to make up this difference. The fund kicks off each year in October, and more than 500 parents, alumni, past parents, grandparents, faculty/staff, and friends all play a part in supporting the school. All school families are asked to contribute, and every gift makes a difference because it demonstrates a commitment to meeting the school’s needs.

The 2016–2017 True Blue Fund is co-chaired by parents Melissa Silvers, Rob Blechman, and Eileen Sheldon, and our goals are 100 percent family participation and a fundraising total of $688,000. The annual fund closes each year on May 31.

Levels of Giving

$25,000+Benefactor's Circle*
$15,000-$24,999Partners' Circle*
$10,000-$14,999Eighth Pillar*
$7,500-$9,999Leadership Circle*
$5,000-$7,499Founders' Circle*
$3,100-$4,999Sponsors' Circle*
$1,000-$3,099Challenge Circle
$500-$999Trellis Circle
Up to $499Blue and Gold Circle

*Donors at these levels are invited to the Donor Appreciation Party held in the fall.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Mark Day School's Development Office at (415) 472-8008.

The Eighth Pillar

Donors who contribute $10,000 per year--or $100,000 over the course of their family's attendance at Mark Day School--are recognized members of the Eighth Pillar. They are exemplars of Mark Day School's unofficial Eighth Pillar of philanthropy and are honored each spring by the Board of Trustees at a special donor event.

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