Successful Lower School Giving Circle

The Lower School Giving Circle was a success and we thank our Lower School parents who participated in this pioneering program at Hannah Senesh.  Many thanks to Judy Schoenberg, 2nd grade Senesh parent who chaired this effort with support from Angie Lieber and the Development Department.

Through support from Amplifier, a network of Jewish giving circles, Hannah Senesh launched the first ever Giving Circle at a Jewish day school earlier this school year.  Lower School parents who contributed $1,000 or more were afforded an opportunity to gather together and use their pooled philanthropic resources to thoughtfully decide how they will direct their giving within the context of the School’s mission and operational budget.

Parents who participated, gathered in intimate settings and heard directly from Nicole Nash and Gary Gottlieb, a member of the Board of trustees and finance committee, about the school’s budgeting process.  They also heard from Dan Perla, former Program Officer for day school finance at The AVI CHAI Foundation. Dan shared his experience and strategic recommendations on improving financial viability at day schools.

Benefiting from the transparency and insight into the school’s financial profile, Giving Circle parents thoughtfully considered allocation of their annual contributions in the most fiscally responsible way and with the school’s collective, critical needs in mind.

They chose that their $16,300 aggregate annual contributions be recognized as being allocated to financial aid and teacher compensation, areas they agreed were the most in need of growth.

The group hopes to continue its initiative in the next school year with broader engagement from the school community.

Read more about our Giving Circle success in the article published in eJewishPhilanthropy.