Charlotte Country Day School was Vandever Batten’s first client in 1999, when the school raised a record-breaking $33 million to expand and enhance its 80-acre Cannon Campus while also growing its endowment. Most recently, Lauren Batten helped propel the institution through an even more transformational season of the school’s 77-year history. After refreshing its brand, conducting a strategic planning process, hosting a master facility planning process, and shaping a more innovative and comprehensive Advancement function over the last decade, Country Day received more than $100 million in support, including a successful $59 million comprehensive capital campaign. During the same timeframe, the school grew its endowment by $25 million and added or renovated more than 111,000 square feet of academic and community space to its Cannon Campus. Its Annual Fund, supported by more than 5,000 donors, doubled to $2.4 million each year. Country Day’s endowment was valued at approximately $60 million in the spring of 2021.
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Lauren’s role as a lead architect in shaping the most transformational chapter in Country Day’s history was central to our success. She helped articulate a bold vision, galvanized the school community around it, and built a comprehensive, future-minded Advancement function to fuel it. This remarkable effort has positioned Country Day as a national leader for generations to come.-- Walker Poole, Trustee and Comprehensive Campaign Co-Chair