Launched in December 2010, the Building on Tradition campaign was Golda Och Academy’s endowment and capital campaign to meet the Och Challenge – a $15 million matching gift by Daniel and Jane Och that led to the renaming of our school as Golda Och Academy.
In December 2014, the school met the challenge raising a total of $32.5 million, including the Och match. The closing of the campaign was officially celebrated in October 2015 at the donor wall dedication at the Wilf Lower School Campus.
The challenge was made in loving memory of Dan’s mother, Golda Och, z”l, who was one of the school’s original founders with husband Dr. Michael Och. Golda’s lifelong dedication to our school included serving in a multitude of leadership roles, including board president, business manager, and faculty member.
In response to the generous Och Challenge, Golda Och Academy focused on three major aspects to benefit from the Building on Tradition campaign – the Wilf Lower School Campus renovation, the Dr Lynne B Harrison STEM Center, Endowment for Academic Excellence, and Endowment for Affordability.