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Ways to Give

What is inspirational about Mark Day School is the way in which our community members help whenever and however they can to make our school the best it can be. There are many ways to support the school. There are a variety of ways to give back to Mark Day.

Annual Fund

The Mark Day Fund helps fund costs for the current school year and reaches all corners of our program.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts through the Mark Day School Legacy Society provide us with the ability to think strategically about the school’s future. Generous and forward-thinking donors who leave planned gifts or a bequest intention through Mark Day School’s Legacy Society will support our long-term success and will be long remembered. Many of these options are a win-win for you and the school. We encourage you to consult with your financial advisor to discuss the tax benefits of these planned giving options.

  • Bequests. One of the easiest ways to help involves simply naming Mark Day School as a beneficiary in your will and living trust. A bequest may be for a particular dollar amount or percentage of your estate. Estate tax savings may be significant. Sample language: "I hereby give, devise, and bequeath <dollar amount and No/100 dollars> ($DOLLARS) OR X% of my total estate to Mark Day School, a nonprofit organization located at 39 Trellis Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, Federal Tax ID #94-2598891, for Mark Day School's general use and purpose."
  • Life insurance policy and retirement assets. Naming Mark Day School as a partial beneficiary of these assets can provide support for the school.
  • Life income gifts. Life incoming gifts allow you to leave a gift in the care of Mark Day School, while earning income for yourself during your lifetime. The two most popular life income gifts are charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities.

Those who leave planned gifts become a part of our Legacy Society. Members are a special part of the Mark Day School donor family. They are also honored with recognition on our website, listing in the annual report, and an invitation to the annual Eighth Pillar event. For more information, please contact Director of Development Wendy Levine.

We invite you to join us as a member and thank the following Legacy Society members as of July 2023:

  • Ann and Paul Brenner
  • Bev and Rolly Boorman
  • Janet and Damon Kerby
  • Lek Suvanasarn
  • Hadley Mullin ‘88 and Dan Kalafatas

Endowment Giving

Endowment funds generate income through the school’s careful investment and support the school in perpetuity. The endowment principal remains intact each year as the school uses only a portion of the return generated to fund initiatives, with the spend rate ranging between 3% and 4% annually over the past several years. We are especially grateful to donors who chose to support the endowment as they are providing for the school’s future. In addition to the Unrestricted Endowment, the school has several named funds.

  • Faculty Salaries: Faculty Salaries Fund (Restricted & Unrestricted)
  • Faculty Professional Development: Behnke/Luria Family Endowment, Endowment for Professional Development, Indexed Tuition
  • Indexed Tuition: Behnke/Luria Family Endowment, Damon Kerby Fund for Indexed Tuition, Making Waves, Margaret B. MacArthur Endowment Fund for Indexed Tuition, MV Williams, Endowment for Indexed Tuition (Restricted & Unrestricted)
  • General Support: Eighth Grade Fund
Learn how you can give today!