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 Centennial 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.
                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, Chief Community Engagement Officer or Caden Merveille, Development Associate, 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 Caden Merveille, Development Associate. 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.
    2022-2023 PA Co-Presidents: Jacquie Hembrey and Yolanda Spence
    Click HERE to learn more about our co-presidents!                      
    Parents’ Association Fall Fair
    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 Holiday Lend A Hand Luncheon
    During the holiday season in November and December, the Buckley community collects gifts, gift cards, and other requested items to donate to local families through a partnership with The Lend a Hand Project, a nonprofit organization serving families in need throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Each grade sponsors a family, and on parent volunteers gather to wrap the items, enjoy a celebratory brunch, and learn about the impact of their donations and service on the sponsored families.
    Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week
    Each year, parents come together to thank Buckley’s dedicated faculty and staff. Parents, students, and families are invited to submit written messages, artwork, and videos showing their appreciation for the teachers and staff who make the Buckley experience so special each and every day.
    Other Parent Association Volunteer Opportunities
    Family Fun Night: help set up and break down this community event.
    Buckley Uniform Shoppe: help organize our twice-yearly uniform swap.
  • 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.
  • 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

    Check out the 49th Annual Fall Fair website for more information on how you can support the largest PA fundraising event of the year:

    Friday, October 14, 2022: Fall Fair Kickoff Party and Auction, 7pm

    Saturday, October 15, 2022: Fall Fair Day 1, 11am - 6pm
    Sunday, October 16, 2022: Fall Fair Day 2, Noon - 5pm
  • Centennial Celebration

    We are swiftly approaching a momentous milestone in the school's history as we prepare to mark 100 years since Buckley was founded in 1923. In celebration of this anniversary, we are planning a number of festivities for our community of parents, students, alumni, faculty, past trustees, and friends of the school.

    We hope many of you will join us for events on Long Island, especially our Centennial Gala Weekend, which will take place May 19-21, 2023! Return to this page for updates on all our Reunion and Gala Weekend events.

    For more information, contact Marjorie Jean-Paul, Chief Community Engagement Officer, at, or ext. 2771.

    Check out our Centennial Celebration page for the most up-to-date info on all our events and how you can get involved.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Reunion and Gala Weekend in 2023!
  • Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 29th! 

    Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

    Help Buckley celebrate by making your gift to the Centennial Annual Fund on Tuesday, November 29th!

The Development Team

Marjorie Jean-Paul has been Buckley's Director of Development and Alumni since 2017, and as of 2021 is now Buckley's Chief Community Engagement Officer. 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 ten years, Marjorie 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

Caden Merveille
Development Associate

Contact information:
(516) 627-1910 ext. 2719

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