Day School MATCH Program Reignited: Field will be Injected with $9 Million in New Funds

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Matching grant program to inspire Jewish community to support education of the next generation of Jewish leaders by leveraging matching gifts.

Funders know how important day schools are for the Jewish future, and the MATCH program is a great way of broadening the community of support.

MATCH, a matching grant program designed to strengthen Jewish day schools by expanding the community of donors, will launch today for the fourth time since 2004. In partnership with the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), the AVI CHAI and Kohelet Foundations will be matching the first $6 million of new donations to Jewish day schools throughout North America with an additional $3 million, thereby infusing the field with at least $9 million of additional funds.

MATCH presents a unique opportunity for donors to leverage their gift of $10,000 or more at a matching rate of 50 cents to the dollar. Through the program, schools can qualify for as much as $50,000 of additional funding. Both first-time donors and past donors are encouraged to apply; a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements can be found at

“This latest round of MATCH has the potential to not only draw support for Jewish day schools from alumni and grandparents, but also to inspire the broader Jewish community to support institutions that are essential to creating an energized nucleus of Jewish life,” said Dan Perla, AVI CHAI Program Officer in Day School Finance.

“Our hope is to encourage new circles of donors to recognize and support the critical role that day schools play in producing the next generation of Jewish leaders,” added Holly Cohen, Executive Director of the Kohelet Foundation. “We are honored to be a part of this team.”

Applications will be accepted from August 1, 2012 until January 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis until the entire amount has been allocated.

According to Andres Spokoiny, President and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, “Funders know how important day schools are for the Jewish future, and the MATCH program is a great way of broadening the community of support. It also shows how much stronger we can be when we work collaboratively and focus our networks on critical issues.”

“Since its inception, MATCH has sent a consistent message: day schools must strengthen their financial support by building and stewarding donor relationships,” said PEJE Executive Director Amy Katz. “We congratulate schools for their progress in this area and expect MATCH 4 to provide further incentive for them to adopt strategic development practices.”

About Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) believes that Jewish day schools are essential for fostering an engaged Jewish people for an enduring future. PEJE connects and empowers Jewish day schools and major stakeholders in the Jewish community across the denominational and geographic spectrum and offers unparalleled knowledge and resources to foster financial sustainability and affordability. PEJE is dedicated to impacting the field through bold initiatives to stimulate the core revenue streams of annual campaign, legacy, endowment, and tuition and to broaden the market for day school education. For more information visit

About The Jewish Funders Network
The Jewish Funders Network (JFN) works with Jewish funders, at the individual and collective levels, to improve the quality of their giving and maximize their impact. JFN leverages the power and the creativity of networks to produce change in the Jewish World. We envision a vibrant, meaningful, inclusive, interconnected, creative and compassionate Jewish World, where the power and the creativity of networks is deployed to produce change and address critical needs in the Global Jewish Community, Israel and the General Society.

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