Five years ago, we launched the Boldly Forward Capital Campaign to raise critically important funds to construct new community spaces, improve our facilities, and strengthen our endowment. Thank you to the generous donors who have already supported this exciting campaign - we are so grateful!  It's not too late to join the list - the campaign closes on May 1. Click here to view the current donor list

Early community-wide support of our Boldly Forward Campaign allowed the school to open the Susan Haigh Carver ‘51 Dining Hall & Commons, and that same level of strong support has been a significant driving force behind the construction and completion of our new Athletics & Wellness Center. To date, more than 100 Country School parents, alumni, parents of alumni and grandparents have contributed nearly $24 million to support these projects and grow our endowment. We are in our fifth and final year of the Campaign -- and we are almost 88% of the way toward our $25 million goal. But we still need your help! 
 
Contributions to the Capital Campaign (which is separate from the school’s Annual Fund), come in the form of multi-year pledges as well as one-time gifts, and we are grateful for the community’s support at all levels. There are still opportunities to name spaces within the Athletics & Wellness Center and support the vital programs that will continue to grow and thrive within the new building. Additionally, there are many opportunities to help beautify our campus by supporting the Campus Landscape Project. Campaign gifts are also needed to help support and strengthen the school’s endowment. 

You can learn more about these funding opportunities below: 

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • + Remaining Named Spaces

    Athletics & Wellness Center:

    Athletics & Wellness Center ($2,000,000)
    Turf Field ($1,000,000)
    Fitness Center ($500,000)
    Dance and Yoga Studio ($250,000)
    Wellness/Multi-Purpose Room ($150,000)
    Trainer’s Room ($100,000)
    Squash Courts Bench Room ($100,000)
    Squash Court Viewing Areas (2) ($50,000 each)
    Bleachers for Spectators in Gym (3) ($25,000 each)

    Grace House & Dining Hall: 

    Dining Hall Terrace (back) ($500,000)
    Conference Room #2 ($150,000)
    Learn more
  • + Campus Landscape Project

    Outdoor Classroom ($50,000)
    Bench ($50,000)
    Sugar Maple ($25,000)
    Evergreen ($10,000)
    Dogwood ($5,000)
    Birch ($1,000)
    Daffodil ($500)

    Learn more
  • + NCCS Endowment

    Financial Aid
    Faculty Development
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Academic Programs

Community Campaign Art Wall

The Boldly Forward Campaign has funded the creation of two incredible new community gathering spaces on our campus - our new Dining Hall and Alumni Commons, and our new Athletics and Wellness Center. As we approach the finish line for the Campaign, we want to create a visual representation of the strength of our school community. Add your blue square to show your support and watch the mosaic come into focus!  Each square will feature custom inscriptions bearing family or alumni names, honoring teachers, or something else of meaning to you and your family. 
 
Click HERE to reserve your square today! 

Campaign News

List of 2 news stories.

  • Mackenzie Family Gift Supports STEM

    The intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is embodied in countless creative ways by our teachers and students at Country School, and thanks to a generous donation to the Boldly Forward Capital Campaign from NCCS parents Susan and Roy Mackenzie, it will continue to grow and thrive here. The Mackenzie family recently made a six-figure gift to establish the STEM Futures Fund, which will create new learning opportunities for all students at NCCS across all grade levels – and, as a permanent part of Country School’s endowment, the fund will impact future generations of students in perpetuity.
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  • Grandparents Chien and Taina Chao at Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day

    $2.5 Million Gift from the Jefferson Family will Support Diversity and Financial Accessibility

    New Canaan Country School parents Cathy and Brett Jefferson have made one of the largest gifts in NCCS history, recently pledging $2.5 million to support diversity and financial accessibility for students. 
     
    “Our vision is to identify and support outstanding students who do not have the economic means to attend NCCS and afford them the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. We hope that there will be many outstanding Chao Scholars that will benefit from our gift and we are also hopeful that NCCS will benefit from the diversity this program will offer,” said Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson in a letter to Head of School Aaron Cooper.
     
    The gift will create the Chien and Taina Chao Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Mrs. Jefferson’s parents who came to the U.S. to pursue their advanced education, both earning PhDs in chemistry and building successful careers in science. The gift is being made through The Catherine Jefferson Foundation, which Brett and Cathy founded, and, in part, by Hildene Capital Management.
     
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Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, our campus has been made even more beautiful by the addition of the Susan Haigh Carver ’51 Dining Hall & Commons, our athletics and PE programs even stronger with our spectacular new Athletics & Wellness Center, and our endowment continues to expand. Please click here to see the list of donors as of April 2022.

For more information

Ryan Smith 
Senior Director of Advancement 
(203) 801-5633
rsmith@countryschool.net

Holly Donaldson Casella ’04
Director of Major Gifts & Alumni Affairs
(203) 801-5687
hcasella@countryschool.net
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