- Annual Fund
What is the Heilicher Annual Fund?
by Amanda Scherer, Development Associate
The Heilicher Annual Fund is the core, unrestricted campaign that supports financial accessibility and enhances Heilicher’s high quality education.
The Annual Fund supports faculty excellence and a strong academic program infused with Jewish values, helping to cover the gap between gross tuition (approximately 70% of the budget) and what it takes to operate the school. The Annual Fund also ensures that Heilicher can continue to be socioeconomically diverse and financially accessible to all families who seek a Jewish values-based community day school education.
Community Support Matters!
We are very grateful for the strong and generous parent, grandparent and alumni participation in the Annual Fund. Participation and support has increased steadily over the past few years and is vital to maintaining and enhancing the day school’s core academic programs. Last year, our Heilicher Annual Fund raised $385,000, representing gifts from 354 donors.
Heilicher families are ambassadors of our school: engaged leaders, generous supporters, and spokespeople for Heilicher in the broader Jewish community. The dedication and care that you show for the school is vital to growing enrollment, providing financial accessibility to all families, and preparing for a bright future.
Several of our donors have shared the following on why it is meaningful to them to give to the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School.
"My husband’s parents support us in so many ways and we knew they strongly value a Jewish education. We knew the perfect Chanukah gift this year was to donate to the Annual Fund in their honor. It was by far the most meaningful present we have ever given them." - Tiffany Goldman, Kindergarten Parent
“Heilicher is the perfect blend of a nurturing, flexible educational setting which values individual learning needs, high academic standards and wide exposure to Jewish culture and wisdom for our grandchild. For these reasons and more it is important to us to give to Heilicher to ensure our grandchild's day school education is strong today and in the future.” - Claude and Laurel Riedel, Heilicher Grandparents
Annual Fund Matching Gift
This year Susan and Mike Horovitz and Bea Johnson are serving as the co-chairs for the Grandparent Annual Fund campaign and Rose and Matt Horovitz are chairing the Parent Annual Fund campaign. In addition to their leadership, the Horovitz/Johnson family is offering a 1:1 match offered for any first time parent or grandparent Annual Fund gift up to $360.
After graduation, Heilicher alumna Simone P. encountered an uncomfortable situation at basketball camp. She decided to take a brave step to educate the camp about Jewish history related to an unintentional, yet offensive, long-standing camp practice.
As a gift to her eighth-grade class for graduation, Ms. Weiss gathered student reflections and crafted them into a poem. These words of inspiration will stay with her students for years to come.
This spring Heilicher welcomed Lynn Lyons, a psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to speak to the community about "How to Break the Worry Cycle." Heilicher alumna Ruthie P. shares her thoughts on the night in a recent article in The Echo, St. Louis Park High School's newspaper.