Why Give?

DCDS relies on generous donors to help with yearly operating costs, keeping our classrooms and facilities state-of-the-art, and giving of their time to make our community stronger. 

Impact of Giving

Gifts to DCDS capital objectives help provide facilities and equipment commensurate with the exceptional educational experiences in academics, arts, and athletics expected by students and their families.  Capital objectives are identified by the school through a strategic planning process lead by the DCDS Board of Trustees.

Major Capital Projects

Detroit Country Day School's major capital projects include:

  • New Lower School (Fall 2019)
  • Addition of Middle School wing (2018)
  • Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg Studio Theatre (2015)
  • Art wing in the Upper School (2015)
  • Multipurpose sports field at the Thirteen Mile Road Campus (2015)
  • Renovations to Middle School classrooms and common areas (2015)
  • Field house at the Thirteen Mile Road Campus (2011)
  • Fitness center and dance studio adjacent to the Cooper Gymnasium (2010)
  • Cooper Gymnasium at the Hillview Campus (2009)
  • Renovations and additions to the Junior School (2003 - 2007)
  • Construction of the Barbara Plamondon Earle Early Learning Village at the Lower School (2001)
  • Renovations and additions to the Upper School including the construction of the Seligman Performing Arts Center, state of the art science lab resources and classrooms, renovations of the student center and parent center (1997 - 1998)
  • Construction of the Middle School (1991)
  • Acquisition of the Lower School - Maple Road Campus (1986)
  • Shaw Gymnasium Complex at the Thirteen Mile Road Campus (1981 - 1984) 
  • Purchase of the Junior School - Village Campus (1980 - rented first in 1975)
  • Two-story wing for art, science, music, and library (1974)
  • Learning Center (now Student Center) opened (1967)
  • Move to the Thirteen Mile Road Campus (1957)

Why Giving Matters

Our generous donors give for many reasons. Read the articles below from two of our donors on why they give to the school.

Detroit Country Day Designs a Vivid Future by Jonathan Boos (September 1, 2018)

Upper School Student's New Gen Z Company Continues the Philanthropic Priorities of Millenials by Liz Katz (May 6, 2019)


Recognition and Benefits

Headmaster's Recognition Dinner

Donors who donate gifts of $2,500 or more each year are invited to a donor's dinner hosted by the Head of School.

F. Alden Shaw Founder's Society

Permanent membership in the Founder's Society is bestowed upon those individuals, families, and organizations whose cumulative financial contributions (not pledges) to Detroit Country Day School equal or exceed $100,000. Financial contributions may be in the form of outright or in-kind gifts.


  • Diamond: $3 million
  • Platinum: $1 million
  • Gold: $500,00
  • Silver: $250,000
  • Bronze: $100,000

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano Society

This society honors donors who give $1,000 or more to any funds within in the school's fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)


  • Extraordinary: $25,000+
  • Inspired: $10,000 - $24,999
  • Strong: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Loyal: $2,500 - $4,999
  • Proud: $1,000 - $2,499

1914 Legacy Society

For gifts made to the school through estate plans, donors will be recognized in perpetuity as a member of the 1914 Legacy Society of DCDS.

Yellowjacket Society

The Yellowjacket Society recognizes alumni of all ages who support DCDS each year. Members of the Yellowjacket Society who contribute $1,000 or more are also members of the Mens Sana In Corpore Sano Society.