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Sustainability by the Numbers

The following is a text version of the speech Amy Katz, Executive Director of PEJE, delivered at the Recruitment & Retention Academy Summit in Chicago. In this piece, she references both the Book of Numbers and our keynote speaker, Mike Connor, on identifying a school’s value proposition and defining its brand identity.   In 1997, …

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A Relationship Map that Leads Somewhere

Does this story sound familiar? Board members embrace the idea of launching – or growing – your organization’s major gifts program. They get the importance of donor-centered, peer-to-peer fundraising and are ready to partner with staff to establish and deepen relationships with top prospects. The systems are in place, the case has been written, and …

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“Billions For Education?” Should the State of Israel Be a Funder of Day School Education in the Diaspora?

“Don’t worry America, Israel is behind you.” The popular t-shirt bearing this slogan usually features a print of an F-16 jet and is ubiquitous at souvenir shops along Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street. How’s this for a new slogan, “Don’t worry overburdened American Jewish parents, the government of Israel will help fund your children’s Jewish day …

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Endowment: The Security Blanket You Weave for Your Grandchildren

The Jewish day school field may have come late to the endowment party, but they are quickly catching up (and they brought chips!). Through programs like Generations—PEJE’s partnership with the AVI CHAI Foundation to help communities and schools build day school endowments—day schools are getting the training and support they need to think about development …

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Building and Managing Your Endowment: A Critical Resource for Jewish Day Schools

To best serve their stakeholders (parents, students, alumni, faculty, professional staff, and volunteer leaders) at Jewish day schools, nonprofit professionals must continually evaluate endowment-building programs. As you are involved with a Jewish day school, have you and other leaders prioritized endowment-building efforts? If not, you are committing a serious and dangerous strategic error; ignoring this …

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MATCH 4 Helps Jewish Day Schools Raise Nearly $10 Million In Donor Funding

The following is a guest post by Dan Perla, AVI CHAI’s program officer for day school finance. It is crossposted on the AVI CHAI Foundation Blog. The results of MATCH 4[1] are in and the numbers are impressive. Consider the following statistics: 119 Jewish day schools have received $9.7 million of gifts, including approximately $2.8 million …

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Rabbi Jim Rogozen

Rather than address day school affordability, the Conservative Movement needs to organize the national flow of all education dollars based on strategies that effectively cultivate and empower the next generation. Our kehillot, USY, Schechter, Ramah, JTS, and AJU, must see Jewish learning in all its forms as an integrated enterprise, and crucial to a common …

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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We cannot close the day schools nor can we reduce the quality (the top-level education is crucial). We cannot ask for governmental money (as that jeopardizes our crucial commitment to freedom and to keeping religion and state separate). We cannot allow the schools to only be for the upper-middle class and upper class. There are …

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