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Annual Campaign – Tehiyah Fund FAQs

  1. What is the Annual Campaign – Tehiyah Fund?

As with most independent schools across the nation, tuition alone does not cover the expense of providing an independent school education. The Annual Campaign is a yearly fundraiser that runs from the beginning of the school year through the end of June and closes the gap between tuition and our operating budget.  The Tehiyah Fund is made up of gifts from parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, community members and foundations.  It is used to fund school operations, support indexed tuition and pay teachers to deliver the progressive curriculum our community has come to expect.  It enables us to provide the latest technology and hardware, the best teaching tools and classroom equipment, arts and athletic programs, safety and security for the campus, maintenance and upkeep – – ALL aspects of school, from the nitty gritty to the inspiring!

  1. I already pay tuition, why do I need to give to the Tehiyah Fund?

By helping to cover the gap between what it actually costs to educate each of our students and what tuition covers, your gift directly influences the educational experience students have at Tehiyah.  The availability of more resources equals access to more educational tools.  It’s the difference between good and, well…great!  

  1. Why not just raise tuition?

We strongly believe that a diverse student body is an integral part of the Tehiyah experience.  The Board of Trustees tries to keep tuition as low as possible so that a Tehiyah Day School education remains accessible to all.  Donations to the Tehiyah Fund are fully tax-deductible, while tuition is not – so think about your gift as the tax deductible part of your tuition.  Donating benefits you more than raising tuition would.

  1. I’m on Indexed Tuition and can’t afford to make a big gift.

Tehiyah welcomes gifts of every size. Every gift is a meaningful gift.  Giving is an important tenet of Judaism and one we instill in our students.  We truly value participation in our annual campaign.  The percentage of parent support is important in the eyes of foundations and major donors.  It is considered a sign of institutional strength when we see commitment and investment from our families.

In the past, donations have ranged from $10 to more than $25,000. Every dollar makes a difference and every student benefits.  Your annual gift should be within your means and is an incredibly important part of your overall commitment to Tehiyah.  

  1. How do I give to the Annual Fund?

You can click here to make a tax-deductible credit card donation through our secure website OR cash or check donations can be made payable to:

The Tehiyah Day School
Attn: Development Department
2603 Tassajara Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
To make a pledge now and pay later, please contact Jenn Brysk in the Development Department.

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