The Top 5 Community Initiatives to Sustain Day Schools

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Education & Administration
Jul. 06, 2012
July 6, 2012

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


Harry Bloom, manager of the YU School Partnership’s division of Planning and Performance Improvement, shares some of the work he is doing to help Jewish day schools develop active strategies to increase their sustainability in the communities of Bergen County, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland. He relates here particularly how he is trying to figure out how to leverage community power in these five communities to increase revenue and efficiencies. This work is generously supported by The AVI CHAI Foundation and local Federations and Foundations in the communities.


He outlines 5 hot ideas emerging from his work that he would recommend to other communities to consider:

  • Outsource key services for multiple or, better yet, all schools.
  • Purchase services smarter, jointly.
  • Create and market leading edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to build enrollment. Build in an Israeli connection.
  • Launch a grassroots fundraising campaign supported by all schools
  • Launch a communal endowment program supported by a Central Agency/Federation.

    Read his entire post at eJewish Philanthropy.

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