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Philanthropy plays a significant role at La Jolla Country Day School. For 95 years, we have benefited greatly from the support of parents, alumni, grandparents, board of trustees, faculty, staff and friends who continue to invest in excellence and lifelong learning. Philanthropy is the distinguishing factor between a good school and an exceptional school. LJCDS is grateful for our community and invites you to learn more about ways to become part of this tradition of giving.


LJCDS is special because of its people and is grateful for the dedicated community of donors who continue to make an impact.



There are many ways to contribute. Explore how you can make a direct impact at LJCDS. Every contribution makes a difference.



Your gift helps us fulfill our mission to prepare individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.

I give back to Country Day first and foremost as an acknowledgment that the school had a meaningful effect on shaping the trajectory of my life and the person I’ve become.

Noah Blake,
Class of 1989

2020–2021 Participation

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  • 1,057

  • $2,533,637

    Total Contributions, Supporting All Areas
  • 73%

    Parent Participation, Supporting All Areas
  • 92%

    Faculty and Staff Participation


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  • Greatest Need

    Greatest need dollars support virtually every area of LJCDS and every member of our community is encouraged to contribute a meaningful gift.
  • Blue Bash

    LJCDS’s signature fundraising gala raises money for financial assistance, professional development, the endowment and Parents Association activities. The annual event takes place in March and includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, dinner, raise-a-paddle and musical entertainment.
  • Tuition Assistance

    Gifts to support tuition assistance allows LJCDS to enroll highly motivated and talented students of strong character, regardless of their ability to pay full tuition, creating a diverse and enriching learning environment.

  • Additional Priorities

    There are numerous ways to support LJCDS, and with such a myriad of student programs, there is a funding need that needs you.

Contact Us

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  • Photo of Susan Nordenger

    Susan Nordenger 

    Assistant Head of School for Community Engagement
    (858) 453-3440 x148
  • Photo of Lindsay McCreary

    Lindsay McCreary 

    Director of Philanthropy, Operations
    (858) 453-3440 x285
  • Photo of Katelyn Sigeti

    Katelyn Sigeti 

    Philanthropy Manager, Alumni Programs
    (858) 453-3440 x178
  • Photo of Shannon Merrill

    Shannon Merrill 

    Philanthropy Manager, Operations
    (858) 453-3440 x157
  • Photo of Kate Burnite

    Kate Burnite 

    Philanthropy Coordinator
    (858) 453-3440 x284
La Jolla Country Day School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID# 95-1875978. Donations to the school are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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9490 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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