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Five New Year’s Resolutions for the Jewish Day School Field

It is that time of year. Secular New Year’s resolution time. Since I spend most of my waking hours managing the PEJE Atidenu Recruitment & Retention and Governance & Fundraising Academy programs (generously co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), my New Year’s thoughts tend to be about day school sustainability. Not as stimulating as resolving …

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PEJE announces the retirement of its Leadership Line after more than a decade of successful service

The PEJE Leadership Line, a free, hour-long (give or take) phone or Skype call with a coach, has been an efficient and effective way for Jewish day school leaders to get helpful, actionable advice on a variety of concerns and challenges. With PEJE’s increased focus on financial sustainability and with more avenues available by which …

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Football Requires Trust – So Does Our Work

Every Sunday, my family and my cousins gathered in the linoleum-covered basement of my grandparents’ home in St. Paul, Minnesota. We sat at one large table, eating fabulous freshly caught fish or melt-in-your-mouth brisket, and talking politics and sports – and hope. Eternal optimism runs rampant on that side of my family. That optimism was …

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Into the Clouds (and the Cloud): The Lessons of PEJE’s Migrations

PEJE has ascended. We recently sojourned from Broad Street, in Boston’s Financial District, up to the 16th floor of CIC Boston, a building that describes itself as “much more than office space; it is an innovation ecosystem.” We’re now settled in this cutting-edge atmosphere, high in the sky, surrounded on all sides by entrepreneurial energy. …

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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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JDS Board Member Goes Social. And Lives to Tell the Tale!

The JDS social media world is composed of teachers, administrators, development professionals, volunteers, parents, and so many others. But you know who very rarely turns up? Board members. Much of what boards do or say happens, and stays, behind tightly bolted doors. So when we found out that East Valley Jewish Day School, of Chandler, …

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North American Jewish Day School Conference Networking Begins with SOCIAL Networking

So you’re going to the North American Jewish Day School Conference. What’s your social media strategy? That is: How are you going to use all the great communications tools at your disposal to make the most of your conference networking? No entirely sure? No worries. We just happen to have a three-step guide to Socializing …

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The French Lesson

There’s an old saying: “Work that is recognized is work that gets done”—but if we all believe that, then why don’t we recognize the brave dedicated souls who are out there working their prospects? How many of you have complained that your Board doesn’t complete assignments or isn’t thrilled to solicit? Now ask yourselves, “Have your recognized their work publicly?” To answer this, here are five easy ways to recognize the contributions of your solicitors or canvassers.

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The Ten-Item Mantra for Board Members of Day Schools

The Ten-Item Mantra for Board Members of Day Schools

The following is a guest-post by Barbara Maduell, a Jewish day school coach in Seattle.

1) You have the power to advance the school through leadership, confidence, clarity, and decisive action.

2) As a board leader, your main role is to expand the circle of support needed to protect and further the school’s mission. You are the natural partner with almost any potential donor within or outside the school community — current and alumni parents, grandparents, alumni and friends — and should feel comfortable representing your day school to virtually anyone.

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Using Data to Make Your Management Decisions and Focus Your Resources

The following is a guest post from Sacha Litman, Founder and CEO of Measuring Success, Inc. We’ve all been in some variation of this situation before: your management team or board gathers for a meeting to make important decisions about where to allocate funds, invest professionals’ time, or where to set tuition or fees. Very …

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