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Dr. Harry Bloom

A key part of the Jewish Day School affordability agenda involves leveraging community power to increase revenue and efficiencies. Five particularly promising ideas are: 1. Outsource key services including facilities maintenance for multiple schools. 2. Purchase HR and benefit services through Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs). 3. Create and market leading edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering …

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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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Dr. Bruce Powell

In my almost 14 years of working with PEJE and 42 years in the field, the answer for affordability and sustainability of our schools continues to be the same: Endowment. The great prep schools of our nation figured this out over 100 years ago and now they have endowments of hundreds of millions ensuring their …

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The Festival of Booths Harvests MATCH Fundraising Truths

Sukkot is my favorite holiday. I love every aspect of the sukkah in our backyard: the construction; the seasonal foods I prepare, serve, and indulge in; the welcoming of guests; the coziness of the small space; the crisp air of the changing seasons. Because I find the themes of Sukkot to be great metaphors for life, it may not surprise you that I draw from the holiday’s core ideals in my work on MATCH.

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Cultivating New Donors: Game, Set, MATCH!

Last month my 18-year-old son competed in Division 2 of the National Scrabble Tournament in Orlando, Florida. At this event, 339 players of all ages vied in five skill-based divisions. Competitors were matched 31 times over five days, with results and pairings refined after each round of play. Scrabble contestants use a clock to monitor …

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Gratitude — It’s a Game Changer

Here’s a question for all you parents of young children. Have you ever counted how many times you ask your kids to say “thank you” in any given week? I have recently established a Jedi-style eye roll that allows me to communicate with my 10-year old, reminding him to SAY THANK YOU without actually using words. Really, why is it so hard for kids to remember this simple request?

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Pay Off Your Debt

Isn’t it a relief to be in 2010—to “close the book,” so to speak, on 2009? The news in 2009 was filled with stories about accumulating credit card debt, mortgage foreclosures, and financial chaos. Lately, many news commentators have been predicting that 2010 will be a year of new possibilities and opportunities. Naturally, my focus …

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