Torah Day School of Atlanta topped its crowdfunding target and its initial stretch goal, raising $262,774 in 34 hours this week.
The Head Start campaign sought donations to support scholarships and to give the Toco Hills school a financial boost before the official arrival of its new head of school, Rabbi Meir Cohen.
The campaign began at noon Wednesday, April 25, and the school reached its goal of $250,000 before 8 p.m. Thursday. The first bonus round aimed for a $260,000 total; the campaign was working toward a second bonus target of $275,000 when the clock ran out at 10 p.m.
If you missed the campaign, you can always donate to TDSA at torahday.schoolforms.org/donate.
“I am excited to bring new programs to Torah Day School, and your gift will make that possible,” Rabbi Cohen said in a promotional video for the online campaign on the Pledje platform.
As is typical with such crowdfunding campaigns, certain donors formed groups to match every pledge, so that each contribution was quadrupled.
“Help us reach the needs of every child at Torah Day School,” Rabbi Cohen said.
According to the Pledje page for the campaign, the following are contributing the matching funds:
- Group 1 — Ramie A. Tritt Family Foundation, Allen and Judy Lipis, Jon and Ilene Miller, and an anonymous donor.
- Group 2 — Craig and Faye Lefkoff, Woody and Amy Alpern, Nison and Helene Shleifer, Jason and Leanne Kaplan, and Michael and Ariella Yaschik.
- Group 3 — Rabbi Binyomin and Dena Friedman, Shimon and Anna Kaminetzky, Sara Robbins, David and Eileen Price, and an anonymous donor.
Almost 350 donors contributed to the online campaign, reflecting the “culture of collaboration” Rabbi Cohen has said he wants to build at the school.