As an independent school, Wheeling Country Day School relies heavily on the generosity of parents, alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to fill the gap between the cost of educating and the revenue generated from tuition. 

Established in 1929, Wheeling Country Day School is a non-profit, independent school for children ranging from preschool through eighth grade.

Wheeling Country Day School’s purpose is to nurture the intellectual, creative, and ethical growth of children from diverse backgrounds. A balanced program of academic basics, fine arts, physical development, and critical thinking develops and enhances students’ individual and cooperative abilities. In a positive environment children learn to be self-reliant, self-motivated, and resourceful learners. A supportive faculty challenges students to learn independently and within a group, with and without direct instruction, and the faculty rewards the students’ best efforts, ambition, and accomplishments. A wide variety of activities beyond the classroom enrich learning opportunities. Personalized instruction using various methods and materials contributes to the total experience.

The Wheeling Country Day School Fund

Gifts to this annual fund help support the many expenses associated with providing the high-quality, personalized academic experience offered at Wheeling Country Day School.


Celebrate is Wheeling Country Day Schools’ annual major fundraising event. This themed event is a great way to show support to our school, while also having a great time with friends and family in the WCDS community.

29 Hours of Giving is a 29-hour participation drive to benefit the Wheeling Country Day School Annual Fund and every single member of the WCDS family. 

Planned Gifts

The most common and simplest planned giving method is in the form of a bequest naming Wheeling Country Day School as a beneficiary of a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate. 

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Create a Legacy of Support through an Endowed Fund

You can ensure that your annual support for WCDS continues in perpetuity by establishing an endowed fund with Wheeling Country Day School. 

Tribute Gifts

Tribute gifts are a wonderful means of memorializing or honoring a family member, friend, or special events such as a birthday or anniversary while supporting Wheeling Country Day School.

Frequently Asked Questions About the WCDS Annual Fund

Why Should I Give?

Tuition alone does not cover the annual cost of providing a WCDS education to each student. In fact, there is a large gap between what tuition provides and the actual cost of educating students. Strong participation from our school family as well as the community at large is a vital lifeline of support for the general well-being of Wheeling Country Day School, as well as a powerful endorsement of the importance of our work when submitting grant applications and funding requests for specific innovations and improvements to our school.

Can I Restrict My Gift?

The Annual Fund directly supports the School’s operating budget, which touches all aspects of life at WCDS, including programming, staffing, supplies, and buildings and grounds. There are opportunities for targeted giving which we will certainly honor and steward, but we ask everyone consider an initial unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund. If you are interested in supporting a particular area, please contact Luke Hladek, Director of Advancement, at (304)232-2430 or

How much should I contribute?

Every contribution is important. We ask all members of our community to support the Annual Fund at a level commensurate with their ability to give and their belief in the School’s mission. Dedication to excellence carries a high price, so WCDS urges its families to make the School their top philanthropic priority.

Can my small donation make a difference?

Yes, every contribution to the Annual Fund is important! Each and every gift – your gift – helps to close the gap between tuition and the cost of educating students. Without strong Annual Fund participation, WCDS simply could not be the school that it is today.

How will my gift be recognized?

We will make every effort to recognize our donors as frequently as possible, unless of course the donor wishes to remain anonymous. A physical listing of Annual Fund donors will be prominently displayed on campus and donors will be listed in an Annual Report that will go out to all school constituents. Further, during Celebrate WCDS, our annual dinner and auction, we will recognize donors at various sponsorship levels with specific recognition and benefits unique to each event theme. Each donation to Celebrate will be acknowledg

How can I make my gift to Wheeling Country Day School’s Annual Fund?

You can mail your check to Wheeling Country Day School, 8 Park Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Gifts can also be made by phone by calling (304) 232-2430 or online at Gifts can be paid in one lump sum or paid in installments throughout the year. To make a gift of appreciated stock to WCDS, please call your broker with instructions regarding the amount of the gift, type of stock, and the number of shares. Ask your broker to call the WCDS Advancement Office for instructions about transferring the shares directly into the WCDS account. Many companies sponsor matching-gift programs that often double the charitable contribution made by an employee. Please ask your human resources office to see if such a program is available through your place of employment. Contact Luke Hladek, Director of Advancement, at 304-232-2430 or with questions or for assistance with making your gift to WCDS.

Secure Online Donations

Make online donations with your credit card using Paypal. 

For more information or to discuss giving opportunities available through Wheeling Country Day School, please contact the office at (304)232-2430 or

Kroger Cares

The Kroger Cares program offers fundraising for non profit organizations of all sizes. Simply purchase gift cards from the Kroger Gift Services Department. Your profit will continue to build when your group purchases additional cards or adds value to their existing cards.

Upcoming Fundraising and Community Events

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