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Friday, March 27, 2009

More Wishful Thinking: CTETRF

The latest from New Jersey's Jewish Standard:
"I write to mobilize support for a Community Temporary Emergency Tuition Relief Fund. This emergency fund would exist only until such time that schools and the broader community are able to adequately create and support a structure that pushes us towards the quality and excellence we all desire, while also protecting a distressed and threatened Jewish middle class."

While institutions from shuls to social services to schools are wondering if they are going to be able to make their next mortgage payment or provide adequate food for a growing number of needy families come Pesach, I have no clue where such Emergency Funds that are in addition to current needs are going to come from. But don't get me wrong, I really wish I could believe.

2 comments:

Thinking said...

I totally agree. Just last week a saw a school that has been around for 50+ years launch their "1st Annual Chinese Auction". Are you kidding me?? That was the most innovative fundraising idea they could come up with. Did their board actually sit down and brainstorm and this is what they came up with?
Kudos to a local institution that partnered with a major suit distributor to sell discounted suits before yom tov. They thought outside the box, came up with something different and raised a considerable amount of money.

Paul Kandel said...

I wrote something along these lines a few months ago:

http://www.orachmishor.org/content/parshat-vayeshev-divrei-torah-and-announcements

Basically, I think that the standard of supporting large communal institutions entirely through donations is neither reasonable nor sustainable.