The Golda Och Academy Annual Fund is our school’s largest and most important annual giving campaign. The Annual Fund provides immediate unrestricted funds that allow our school to provide financial assistance to families in need, new and advanced technology, professional development for the faculty, academic and extra-curricular enrichment opportunities for students and much more.
Special recognition opportunities exist for donors who contribute $5,000 and more. These donors are invited to a special Major Gifts Appreciation Event in a private home. Donors who give at the Shomrei Torah Society level ($1,000 and above) are invited to a special annual Dessert Reception.
Your annual gift of any amount is critical to helping Golda Och Academy meet our commitment to academic excellence. We appreciate your participation in helping us to provide an outstanding education for our students each and every day.
To make a donation to GOA Annual Fund now, click on the Donate Now button on this page.
You can also mail your donation to: Office of Development, Golda Och Academy, 1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. For more information, or to learn about other ways to contribute, please contact Stephanie Bash-Soudry, Director of Development & Alumni Relations at email@example.com or call (973) 602-3612.
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As an employee benefit, donations are often eligible to be matched by your employers’ corporate matching gifts programs. Please check with your company’s HR Department. Often, there is a simple form or online application.
“I cherish the education I received at Schechter/GOA and the experience I had over my 13 years there. I could never repay the teachers, administrators, friends, and classmates who shaped my time at Schechter but I will continue to give what I can and hopefully will one day send my own kids to GOA.”
—Naomi Kramer '10
“To us, Golda Och Academy means commitment—commitment to academic achievement, commitment to intellectual development, commitment to teaching Judaic principals and commitment to making the next generation proud of their Jewish heritage and culture. Since the GOA Annual Fund enables the school to continue to deliver on its commitments, we feel it is extremely important to contribute to the school’s effort.”
These funds support everything we do at GOA every day from academic and teaching excellence to professional development for teachers, extracurricular activities in the arts, sports and STEM. Funds also support experiential Jewish education and a multitude of leadership and enrichment opportunities for our students. The GOA Annual Fund ensures that the school can provide critical affordability and financial aid programs.
Like many other independent schools, annual fundraising bridges the gap between tuition and operating costs. At GOA, tuition only covers 70% of our operating costs. Therefore, an additional $1M needs to be raised on an annual basis to ensure our school continues to deliver an excellent education to each of our students. We strive to achieve 100% parent participation at any level of support. Major donors and foundations look to parent participation as a positive indicator of community engagement and support.
We need your help to make sure students of today have the same wonderful Jewish day school experience at SSDS/GOA. Today, more than 50% of our students rely on financial assistance to receive a Jewish day school education. The school provides more than $3.6 million annually to support financial aid. The GOA Annual Fund also supports alumni outreach programs such as the Alumni Professional Shabbat Dinner, College Alumni Basketball Game, freshman care packages and reunions.
While we are blessed with a large endowment that ensures our future, we can only spend 5% of the endowment annually and retain the principle in perpetuity. Endowment income is also highly restricted and primarily funds financial aid and several specific donor-designated areas. Annual fundraising still comprises a critical 10% of our annual operating budget.
We have special recognition for our donors. Those who give $5,000 and above are invited to a special Major Gifts appreciation event in a private home. Donors who give at the Shomrei Torah Society level ($1,000 and above) are invited to a special annual Dessert Reception.
Gifts for the 2018-19 Annual Fund are payable through December 31, 2019. You can make your gift online now at or mail it to: Office of Development, Golda Och Academy, 1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. For more information, or to learn about other ways to contribute, please contact Stephanie Bash-Soudry, Director of Development and Alumni Relations or call 973-602-3612.
We have a team of more than 60 volunteer workers who help with our fundraising efforts as well as grade captains who communicate with families in their classes and help ensure we have 100% participation from each grade. We are always looking for people who care deeply about Golda Och Academy and are invested in its future. If interested, please contact Stephanie Bash-Soudry.
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