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Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School, Atlanta, Georgia

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Smart Strategies for Planned Growth

Opened in 1997 with just 19 students, the Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School is a co-ed college prep school, grades 9-12. Unaffiliated with any of Judaism’s major movements, this “transdenominational” school quickly earned an international reputation for its achievements and now serves as a model for similar institutions. Its goal is to provide a rigorous secular education while preparing students to become committed Jewish adults.

With its measured enrollment and careful growth, The Weber School wisely concen-
trated on curriculum development and programming in its early years. However, as the school approached its next phase of growth, its leadership recognized the need for professional consulting services to address key emerging organizational issues.

With grants from the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, Ellen Mazer Consulting provided the school with strategic planning, development, and fundraising services from September 2001 to August 2004.

In partnership with another consulting firm, we:

  • Assessed the school’s fundraising capabilities, organizational structure, and strategic goals

  • Helped convene the Development Committee and supported its efforts to meet a sizable challenge grant

  • Drafted a comprehensive development plan and budget

  • Aligned public relations and marketing outreach with fundraising activities

  • Expanded the annual campaign beyond the immediate circle of donors

  • Prepared a detailed plan to support capital campaign efforts which included goal setting, materials development, designation of naming opportunities, grant writing, and prospect research and solicitation

  • Recruited the school’s first full-time Development Director

  • Enhanced board development by assisting the Committee on Trustees with an analysis of the skills, expertise, talents, and relationships necessary to serve the school’s future

With these tasks complete, The Weber School continues to meet its fundraising goals, has acquired its own property, and is well positioned for future growth.

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