Endowment Fund for School Choice
​Because a Jewish Soul should be nurtured; not squandered

How we started:

In 2003, a bunch of well-meaning proponents came together over an op-ed published in The Jewish Press.  We discussed how to get an endowment fund for yeshivas off the ground. Unfortunately, although a lot of good ideas from a lot of good people were discussed, the idea never took hold.

In 2016, with the yeshiva tuition challenges becoming more onerous, The Endowment Fund for School Choice was launched to revive the effort & m"h, make an endowment fund for yeshivas successful this time around.

If you grimace every time another famous Jewish philanthropist gives away millions & billions of dollars, without anything going to Jewish education, then you share in our cause. If you feel badly when you hear of Jews being unable to pay for schooling, you share in our cause.  Up until now, there wasn't a national charity for Jewish day schools. There is now. We're it. We're not educators; we're not fundraisers; nor do we profess to be able to run schools.  But we share a passion for ensuring Jewish souls are nurtured; we have corporate governance expertise; and we don't want to see Jewish souls squandered in the public schools.  Our game plan is simple.  Raise an endowment fund.  Provide funding to schools based on their student populations.

In NYC, NY, Jews have recently overtaken Catholics as the #1 student body in private school. On the one hand, it's a miracle. On the other hand, the Jewish day schools suffer from a lack of resources.

The Endowment Fund for School Choice is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax-deductible; so you will help a good cause while reducing your taxes.

We need contributions.  We also need volunteers to serve on Boards, Audit Committees, fundraising to include giving presentations and calling on prospective donors, webmaster, treasurer, legal help, etc... Basically, you name it, we need it. If done properly, we believe our efforts will be successful.

If you have any doubt about the ability to establish an endowment fund to support education, just look around.  The Phillips Exeter Academy, a private high school in New Hampshire, with a student body of 1,100, has an endowment of $1.2 billion. Harvard University, a private university in Massachusetts, with an enrollment of 21,000 students, has an endowment of $36.0 billion.  If there's donors for private high schools and colleges, we believe there will also be support for Jewish Day schools.

Much effort and money have been expended to educate Jewish children in the Public Schools while hoping they will retain our Jewish heritage, e.g., afternoon Hebrew School and Birthright Israel trips.  Given the rates of assimilation in the non-Jewish day school environment, we have to admit these efforts were well-intended but have failed.  We know Jewish day school works.  Even children from non-religious families have a much higher Jewish marriage rate after attending Jewish day school.  Let's get behind what works.  Teach our children about their proud heritage.  They won't need any coaxing to marry and raise Jewish families.  Their pride and sense of responsibility will motivate them to do so.

Please consider helping in this very important cause by making a donation:

To become a volunteer, please email us with an indication of interest; along with a resume if you have one. Our e-mail is [email protected] Thanks. Aaron Sears, President, 26 June 2016.

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