Philanthropy at Buckley

Buckley is grounded in a strong philanthropic culture. The unique educational experience Buckley provides to students is made possible in part thanks to the support of dedicated parent volunteers and donors.

Philanthropic contributions enhance the students’ learning experience. There are many ways throughout the year Buckley families will be invited to give, and we encourage you to plan how your family will participate to make an impact.  

Click on the below buttons to find out more about all of the ways our families can get involved!

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  • The Buckley Annual Fund

    The Buckley Annual Fund is a source of general unrestricted operating support. Each year, we ask Trustees, parents, faculty, alumni, and friends of the school to make a tax-deductible gift to Buckley. Every member of the Buckley community is encouraged to make a gift to our Annual Fund: 100% participation from our parent community sets the pace for giving and serves as an inspiring example to members of the broader Buckley community.
    Annual Fund Committee
    The Annual Fund is the school’s largest annual fundraiser, and gifts support the Buckley’s operations this school year. Volunteers on the Annual Fund Committee play a key role in disseminating timely information about the Annual Fund. In addition to a Phone-A-Thon in November, parent volunteers engage with parents in their class to remind and encourage them to support the Buckley Annual Fund through phone calls, social media posts, and emails.
                Why is Annual Fund giving so important? As is typical in
                independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of educating
                each child. Annual Fund contributions enable Buckley to cover these
                • How are my Annual Fund gifts used? As unrestricted gifts,
                Annual Fund giving benefits virtually every aspect of life at Buckley.   
                Expanded curriculum, continued professional development for faculty
                members, enriched activities, new technologies, and maintaining our
                beautiful campus and facilities are all typical uses of Annual Fund gifts.      
                What amount is an appropriate Annual Fund gift? We ask each
                Buckley family to make our school a philanthropic priority. Past gifts
                have ranged from $50 to $25,000. Each gift is appreciated and helps
                us reach our dollar and participation goals.
                Who do I contact about making a gift to Buckley? Marjorie
                Jean-Paul, Director of Development or Stephanie Long, Associate
                Director of Development, would be happy to answer any questions
                about the Annual Fund and other Buckley philanthropic initiatives.
  • Capital Campaign and Special Initiatives

    To ensure the continued success of the school, Buckley may identify major facility and program improvements that require an extended amount of time to complete. Through capital campaigns, Buckley can address needs beyond the day-to-day operations to plan projects to expand, improve, or enhance programs, as well as our campus. In October 2018, Buckley launched a campaign to add six new classrooms, and build a new parking lot and dining hall.

    You can learn more about the OUR SCHOOL, OUR FUTURE campaign HERE

    For more information, please contact Marjorie Jean-Paul at to discuss your participation.
  • Buckley Parents’ Association

    Every parent whose children are enrolled at Buckley are members of the Parents’ Association. The PA works through the Development Office with Stephanie Long, Associate Director of Development. The PA helps to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for new and returning families, and engages parents as volunteers to help plan and execute various events throughout the school year. PA events are meant to build and foster a strong community, and to raise financial support for the school.
    2019-2020 PA Co-Presidents: Marissa Lazos P ’28, ’30 and Jennifer Yee P ’26 
    Click HERE to learn more about our co-presidents!                      
    Parents’ Association Fall Fair (October 18–20)
    The Fall Fair is a fun homecoming weekend of food, games, and activities for parents, students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This three-day event starts with a kickoff party for adults on Friday night, followed by two days of carnival rides, games, a renowned International Food Tent, and much more. Significant volunteer support is needed to ensure a successful event—in the months leading up to the Fall Fair, as well as the weekend itself.
    Parents’ Association Service Day Brunch (December 5th)
    During the holiday season in November and December, the Buckley community collects new clothing, toys, and other requested items to donate to local families through a partnership with The Lend a Hand Project, a non-profit organization serving families in need throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Each classroom will sponsor two families, and on the morning of December 5th, parent volunteers will gather to wrap the items, enjoy a celebratory brunch, and learn about the impact their donations and service makes on the sponsored families.
    Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day (March 25th)
    Each year, parents come together to thank Buckley’s dedicated faculty and staff. Parents are invited to donate raffle prizes so each individual takes home a gift. Volunteers serve lunch to Buckley employees and supervise student lunch periods so every teacher and staff member has the opportunity to enjoy a festive lunch.
    Other Parent Association Volunteer Opportunities
    Scripta (Picture) Day: volunteers needed to help straighten uniforms and smiles for class photos. (October 3rd)
    Family Fun Night: (February 7th)
    Book Fair: set up, break down, and help students choose and purchase books. (March 16th – 19th)
    Buckley Uniform Shoppe: help organize our twice-yearly uniform swap. (September 10th and June 2nd)
  • Class Parents

    Class Parents play an important role in the life of the school—both inside and outside of the classroom—and are chosen over the summer from a self-selected pool of active parent volunteers. Class Parents are responsible for disseminating important information to parents in their class, such as updates from the school’s administration, and help coordinate volunteers for class-related activities such as field trips, as well as school-wide events including the Fall Fair.
    Serving as a Class Parent is an excellent opportunity to help foster parent participation and volunteerism, and to learn more about the operations of the school.
    Twice a year class parents are invited to a luncheon and a dinner with the Headmaster to further home/school communication and discuss community-related topics. The class parent luncheon will be held on October 15th at noon and there will be a dinner held on April 22 at 6pm.
  • Planned Giving

    Strictly speaking, every gift to Buckley Country Day School is a planned gift. Significant thought and consideration is given by the donor to make a contribution that is meaningful to him or her and will benefit the School. 

    A Planned Gift might be as simple as remembering Buckley Country Day School in your will. There are annuities, trusts, life insurance and pooled income funds. Each has specific advantages that are tailored to the donor's needs while benefiting Buckley. A donor might structure a gift to provide life income, avoid capital gains tax and pass assets to family members substantially free of taxes. 

    Information on wills or other gift planning opportunities are available through Buckley’s Development Office, however, it is strongly advised that you involve an accountant or attorney while considering such a gift. 

    Buckley's Legacy Circle was created to recognize individuals who have remembered the School in their estate plans. 

    The Legacy Continues Through Estate Planning 

    For information, please contact Marjorie Jean-Paul, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, (516) 627-1910, ext. 2771 or

Special Events at Buckley

There are always great things going on at Buckley! Here are just some of the special events we have throughout the school year:

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  • Parents' Association Fall Fair

    The 47th annual Fall Fair is going virtual! We’ll start the weekend with our Virtual Kickoff Party and Auction on Friday, October 16th at 8pm. Join returning friends and meet new ones. The online evening will include smaller breakout virtual rooms, followed by a live event at 8pm with special guests and Buckley’s biggest stars - our students! Log in on Saturday for our Virtual Sports Challenge, Online Cupcake Competition, and a Live Art Class! Significant volunteer support is needed to ensure a successful event in the months leading up to the Fall Fair. Check out the Fall Fair website for more information on how you can support the largest PA fundraising event of the year:

    Friday, October 16, 2020: VIRTUAL Fall Fair Kickoff Party (for adults)
    Saturday, October 17, 2020: Virtual Fall Fair Activities Online
  • Parents' Association Holiday Service Project

    During the holiday season in November and December, Buckley partners with the Lend A Hand Project, a nonprofit organization serving families in need throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Each classroom donates gift cards based on the families needs they are assigned, and your Class Parent will reach out to you in November with the family’s profile and requests.
  • Spring Fling Golf & Tennis Tournament

    Save The Date!
    Spring Fling Golf & Tennis Tournament on Monday, May 10, 2021
    Join us for a fun day of golf and tennis followed by a dinner reception and Class Basket Raffle.
  • Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday this year will be December 1st! 

    More details to come!

The Development Team

Marjorie Jean-Paul has been Buckley's Director of Development and Alumni since 2017. She is an experienced fundraising professional with experience working within a corporate and nonprofit settings.  During her professional career, she has raised support for private schools, colleges and universities. For the past ten years, Marjorie has served as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Waldorf School of Garden City where she had a very successful tenure.  Prior to joining the senior administrative team at Waldorf, Marjorie was Senior Director at Changing Our World, a fundraising consulting firm which, incidentally, was retained by Buckley at the time of the last capital campaign in 2007. Marjorie was first introduced to Buckley at that time. Marjorie is a graduate of Cornell University. She also obtained a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Organization Development from The New School. 

Contact information:
(516) 627-1910 ext. 2771

Stephanie Long is the Associate Director of Development at Buckley. Stephanie has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2007, producing major events, managing volunteers, and writing grants in support of underserved communities and independent schools. Throughout her career, Stephanie has secured and administered grants for a variety of projects, including free concerts, First Aid kits for at-risk youth in Broome County, NY, and a 22,000 square-foot green roof in Rensselaer, NY. Stephanie holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and in 2019 received her Master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University.

Contact information:
(516) 627-1910 ext. 2193

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