Like all independent schools, the cost of a PJA education exceeds tuition. We ask parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, and businesses to help us make up the difference. There are so many ways to show you are PJA Proud. Whether you give of your time, money or other resources, your contribution helps keep PJA going strong.
Wondering how powerful your Annual Fund donation can really be?
Family support of the PJA Annual Fund is not only essential to the operation of the school on a day-to-day basis, but it is also one of the most impressive and important factors noticed by Grants and Foundations who may also consider supporting the school.
Each spring, PJA families and past donors give us much-needed financial support during the Annual Fund Drive. PJA could not possibly continue without this support!
The truth is that it costs about $2000 more than tuition to educate each student. If financially possible, families can contribute this amount as a tax-deductible donation. Of course, contributions at all giving levels are very much appreciated! Ideally, every family would be able to donate at least $72.
Matching gift! Check with your company to see if they will match your contribution to PJA.
Have Annual Fund questions? Learn more with our Finance FAQ.
Please contact Lisa Katon, our Donor Relations & Grants Specialist or call 503.535.3532 for more information.
Our Auction is PJA’s most important fundraiser, because it benefits our scholarship fund and provides essential operating support.
Ways to support the Auction.
- Help procure donations
- Attend the Auction
- Be a Sponsor
- Make a Mitzvah Moment Donation
- Volunteer at the Auction
For more information contact Rosanne Levi at email@example.com
Our 2019 Auction was on Sunday, December 8
and raised over $800,000!
More on our Auction at: pjaproud.org/auction.
If you are already shopping at FredMeyer, you can have some of that purchase be a donation to us, at no cost to you!
Fred Meyer Community Partners
If you are already shopping on amazon.com, you can have some of that purchase be a donation to us, at no cost to you?
When you use Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to PJA. Just bookmark the Amazon Smile link and select Portland Jewish Academy as the nonprofit beneficiary. (Not all purchases qualify, check site for details)
PJA's Life & Legacy/Dor L'Dor Society
Please remember PJA in your will, trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy.
Supporting Portland Jewish Academy through a bequest or other planned gift entitles you to become a member of our Planned Giving or Dor l'Dor Society.
PJA is one of eleven organizations in Oregon participating in Oregon Jewish Community Foundation’s Life & Legacy program, funded by the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
What is Planned Giving?
Planned giving, sometimes referred to as gift planning, is a way anyone can support PJA today, and in the future. By definition, a planned gift is any typically larger gift, made in one’s lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. Some planned gifts provide a life-long income to you, the donor. Others use estate and tax planning techniques to provide for charity and your heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on your estate. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan, etc., the benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving very attractive to both you and PJA.
How a planned gift is different from an Annual Fund gift?
Gifts to our annual fund or for the auction are made from your discretionary income. They may be budgeted for, but they are not planned by philanthropic definition.
Three types of planned gifts
1. Outright gifts that use appreciated assets as a substitute for cash;
2. Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to you in return for your contribution; and
3. Gifts payable upon a donor’s death.
If you are interested in receiving more information about planned gifts to PJA and the Dor l'Dor Society, please contact Steve Albert, Executive Director at 503.535.3592 for more information.
Did you know you could make a donation to PJA in memory of a loved one or in honor of a person or special occasion? To acknowledge your tribute, we’ll send a lovely card with your minimum of $10 per tribute.
Learn more about supporting PJA with our Finance FAQ.
The PJA Family Giving Circle is a new, dynamic way to get involved and give back to PJA. The PJA Family Giving Circle funds experiential, differentiating projects within PJA based on the Middot values, emphasizing: Limmud (Study), Kehillah (Community), and Akhrayut (Responsibility).
To be a member of the PJA Family Giving Circle, you need to:
- Have a student at PJA.
- Make a minimum contribution to the Annual Fund of $360.
- Be excited to work with others to impact our school through philanthropy.
- Engage in a group inspired by Jewish values.
- Commit to attending PJA Family Giving Circle meetings.
Read about projects recently funded by the PJA Family Giving Circle:
Tales from the PJA Family Giving Circle
Interested in learning more? Contact Saul Korin, PJA Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 503.452.3427.
The first-ever PJA Family Camp was held in September 2019 at Camp Solomon Schechter near Olympia, Washington.
The project has been going well and has been at rest for a couple of months. A group of parent volunteers, as well as one paid employee from the PJA maintenance staff, met to begin building the cover purchased with last year’s Giving Circle funds.
In November of 2019, a group of PJA students and parents served the community at Laurelwood Center.