PCD’s founding head of school, Charles Breed threw down the gauntlet in 1923 when he challenged every student to be an active participant in his community—across every venue. Today Breed’s words resonate with the same intensity as they did so many years ago. Students, teachers, coaches, parents, and alumni all share a responsibility for success here, as our individual contributions combine to make this school a better place, and create the vibrant family we are privileged to call our own.PCD’s Annual Fund supplies the essential financial support that allows the school to fulfill its commitment to students and teachers each year. Because we hope to make a PCD education available to as many qualified and deserving students as possible, we work hard each year to control tuition increases. As such, tuition revenue funds only 92% of our annual operating budget; the balance must be funded through the generosity of donors. The consistent commitment of everyone in our community helps support the creative programming and diverse opportunities that call our students to action. It supports the dedicated faculty, financial aid, and facilities that enable PCD students to thrive here now and continue to do so long after they leave.
Your gift to the Annual Fund will honor PCD's essential tradition of participation, and acknowledge that the need to participate extends beyond the classroom, the playing fields, the art studio, and the stage.
Unlike the Annual Fund, which funds about 8% of our operating budget and is spent each year, capital gifts generally support specific initiatives—either facility improvements or endowment. Think of our Annual Fund as our checking account, paying for day-to-day expenses, and capital gifts as a savings account for special projects and long-term investment. Capital gifts allow PCD to think strategically beyond immediate needs and plan for a secure and vibrant future. They can fund new buildings and campus renovations, and they can add to the endowment to fund faculty compensation, programs, and financial aid. A healthy endowment can also give a school greater flexibility during challenging economic times, so that its long-term health is not compromised. PCD's endowment is managed by the Rhode Island Foundation and is invested for long-term growth.
In 1999 the trustees of The Providence Country Day School established the Gerald B. Woodruff Bequest Society in honor of the longtime assistant head of school and all those individuals who followed his example by naming PCD in their estate plans.
The Woodruff Society represents PCD’s true guardians—donors whose generosity will impact the health and vitality of the school in profound and as yet unimagined ways.
Planned giving expresses a deep and thoughtful commitment to PCD’s future; many estate gifts support endowment and thus provide for the ongoing sustainability of the school. Additionally, estate gifts are the result of important planning by the donor, who can receive regular income and significant tax benefits, or accomplish other financial goals as a result. PCD’s Development Office, along with your financial advisor, can help you distinguish between the various types of estate planning vehicles and help you determine the best way to meet your financial needs and objectives.
There is no minimum gift requirement to establish membership, and all donors—whether through a bequest provision or a life income arrangement—are automatically granted membership in the Woodruff Society.
We are happy to work with you directly, but in the case of any planned or deferred gift, PCD encourages you to consult with your accountant or tax attorney.
Contributing to The Providence Country Day School in honor or memory of someone special in your life is a meaningful way to recognize an individual's importance to you while supporting the school.
GIFTS IN HONOR
These contributions honor family members, friends, or colleagues—whether for milestones like birthdays, graduations, weddings, or anniversaries, or to recognize important work and relationships.
GIFTS IN MEMORY
These gifts celebrate the life of someone dear to you.