Annual Fund

2017-2018 CDF Ambassadors

Laura Gambs Irvin and George Irvin 
Chairs, Country Day Fund
Parents of Alice '21, Claire '24 and Teddy '27

Parent Ambassadors: 
TT—Nate Heppner
JK—Alina Katz, Tyler Hales
K—Traci Carpenter, Therese Collins, Amy Mischler
Grade 1—Wendy Gibbons, Gary Pierce, Jacquie Romo
Grade 2—Todd Lineback, Heather Muns-Socol
Grade 3—Elese Denis, Alejandra Serrano, Karin Toranto
Grade 4—Karol Shekhter Jacobs ’98, Stacey Pacelli, Carlie Ward
Grade 5—Dan Gizzo
Grade 6—Lynn Doupsas
Grade 7—Jessica Feinman
Grade 8—Karen Bergan
Grade 9—Kathryn Lindlan
Grade 10—Sharon Risse
Grade 11—Randi Castanon

Annual Fund

The LJCDS annual fund, called the Country Day Fund or CDF, is the foundation of our school’s fundraising efforts and our top philanthropic priority. We ask donors to give to CDF before making other gifts, as unrestricted CDF funds allow the school maximum flexibility to provide the best possible educational experience. These funds impact all aspects of the school; they are spent on students, faculty and facilities to maintain LJCDS’ commitment to excellence. Your participation makes a difference to every student, every day.

 Ways to Give
  • Send your gift to: La Jolla Country Day School Country Day Fund 9409 Regents Road La Jolla, CA 92037.
    Make checks payable to La Jolla Country Day School
  • Make a gift of stock.
    First Republic Securities Co., LLC
    LJCDS ACCT#33L-012359
    Pershing LLC DTC #0443
    Please notify the development office of your transfer at 

For assistance call Annual Fund Manager Eve West at 858-453-3440 x116

2017-2018 CDF

  1. 100
  2. 90
  3. 80
  4. 70
  5. 60
  6. 50
  7. 40
  8. 30
  9. 20
  10. 10
  11. 0
Goal $1,200,000.00
Current $1,044,000.00
As of Date 1/16/2018

FAQs About Annual Giving

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q Why not raise tuition in lieu of an annual fund?

    Increases in tuition might make an LJCDS education inaccessible for many families, and limit the diversity of the student body. Gifts to the annual fund allow the school to keep tuition increases to a minimum while expanding the depth and breadth of programs and opportunities.
  • Q Why is parent participation so important?

    Every gift matters. Even small gifts, when combined with other gifts, add up to contributions that advance the school. By donating to LJCDS, you are demonstrating pride and confidence in the school, and inspiring others to join you in giving. In addition, you are modeling philanthropy for our students, teaching them the importance of giving to their communities.
  • Q What is the average gift amount?

    Gifts range from less than $25 to more than $75,000. LJCDS invites you to make a gift that is meaningful for you. Every gift matters.
  • Q Can I make my gift in installments?

    Absolutely. Many families make a pledge at the beginning of the school year, and set up recurring payments to be made during the fiscal year (pledges much be paid in full by June 30).

  • Q How do I make my gift?

    There are several ways to give.

    •  Make an online gift at

    •  Send your gift to La Jolla Country Day School, Country Day Fund, 9409 Regents Road, La Jolla, CA 92037. Make checks payable to La Jolla Country Day School.

    • Make a gift of stock. Stock transfer information:
    First Republic Securities Co., LLC
    LJCDS ACCT#33L-012359
    Pershing LLC DTC #0443
    Please notify the development office of your transfer at
    • Call Annual Fund Manager, Eve West, at 858-453-3440 x116.

  • Q May I make my gift in honor or memory of someone?

    Yes. When you make your gift, let us know that the gift is in honor or memory of someone. If you would like, we will notify the appropriate individual. Some families like to make gifts in honor of their children or grandchildren. Some like to make a gift in honor of a beloved teacher. 
  • Q May I make my gift anonymously?

    Yes. Just let us know that you would like your donor information with respect to your gift to be anonymous.
  • Q Why do I pay my gift by June 30 each year?

    The school’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30. 
  • Q Does a gift to the Country Day Fund differ from gifts to Blue Bash or capital campaigns?

    Yes. CDF gifts are unrestricted and fund operating costs. They allow the school maximum flexibility to take advantage of new opportunities, respond to unexpected challenges and support the initiatives that make LJCDS great. Blue Bash supports financial assistance, faculty professional growth, endowment and Parents Association activities. Capital campaigns typically support the construction or improvement of a school facility.
  • Q What is the role of a Country Day Fund Ambassador?

    CDF ambassadors are volunteers who are passionate about the benefits of our school’s annual fund. They serve as resources for the community, educating others about the history and mission of the school and about the fund. They work with the development team to advance the school’s mission and goals.

Giving Societies

As we look forward to our 100th year, we reflect on our vibrant history. Our giving societies, each named for a chapter of our story, honor our past.

Louise Balmer, an educator from Illinois, founded our school in 1926 in a small cottage in La Jolla. The school opened with four primary students. As the school’s reputation grew and enrollment increased, it outgrew several locations, all in La Jolla, surrounded by Torrey pine trees. In the fall of 1942, the school moved to Wisteria Cottage, now known as the La Jolla Historical Society.

In 1955, The Balmer School became La Jolla Country Day School. At the time, the school served students in Grades Pre-K–5, and plans were made to begin adding one additional grade each year. In 1964, LJCDS graduated its first class of 26 seniors.

In 1957, Donald Leavenworth was named headmaster of La Jolla Country Day School. Mr. Leavenworth was an alumnus of Yale University, and brought Yale’s colors, blue and white, to his new school.

The school moved to its current site in 1961. Today, LJCDS educates more than 1,100 Torreys, who wear their blue and white colors with pride.