Ways to support
Columbus Torah Academy considers parents an integral part of the school community. The partnership between educators and parents is a critical alliance that enriches students’ lives.
The Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) offers volunteer opportunities to help support student activities, scholarships and other school projects. The PTO plans events and lends personal support during the school day with volunteer help in classrooms and administrative offices.
Volunteer opportunities for parents are published in the week “Dateline” newsletter. We welcome parent support at the many student activities and encourage parents to partner with each other in supporting all of our students.
The CTA Fund
The CTA Fund supports our annual operations. Your investment provides nearly 30 percent of our revenue and you will see dividends as CTA:
- Replaces aging computers and updates our infrastructure (vital for record-keeping and instruction)
- Replenishes and updates supplies and equipment for our science labs. One of the labs particularly needs renovation to accommodate more students, correct leaks and improve safety
- Purchases textbooks and materials geared for our high-achieving students. And we’ve got a lot!
- Provides scholarships for families who cannot afford full tuition. CTA provides $1 million in tuition assistance each year. The annual scholarship dinner provides 22 percent of these awards. You provide the rest.
You may make individual gifts through the mail, or you may give safely and securely online. Give in someone’s honor or memory. Invest so our children excel.
If you prefer, you may choose to make gifts at particular times of the year, setting up your investments in monthly or quarterly installments. Our Chai Five Club invites you to make a gift of $1,000 or more over each of the next five years.
CTA teachers rely on the building’s facilities and resources to teach our children. From time to time, CTA embarks in a campaign to upgrade its facility or establish or support an educational program. Investing in these endeavors is an excellent way to create a lasting legacy for you or your family. Currently, CTA has opportunities to enhance our science labs, library collection, technology, athletic program and other areas.
What is Scrip
Scrip is a term that means “substitute money”.
When CTA families and supporters purchase scrip, they’re purchasing negotiable gift certificates that are used just like cash. The scrip is issued by the national and local retailers where many of us already shop. These merchants want to support non-profit organizations, and in return ask you to support them by shopping with scrip at their stores. Torah Academy families can use scrip to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials, and with every purchase, earning revenue for CTA.
Scrip is “shopping cart fundraising”.
The reason for the effectiveness of scrip is simple: families generate revenue through purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with scrip. The idea is that an organization of 150 families can easily spend between one and two million dollars per year on food, clothing and other essentials. If our families use scrip for these purchases, we can raise as much as $40,000 to $80,000 per year for CTA –without spending an additional penny.
The CTA Scholarship Fund
The CTA Scholarship Fund supports our financial assistance program. All enrolled families are eligible to apply for financial assistance for tuition costs. Funds are raised for the CTA Scholarship Fund primarily through our Annual Scholarship Dinner which is held in December each year. A Dinner Journal with advertising space and a Silent and Student Art Auction are featured at the Scholarship Dinner. The Gala fundraiser showcases our school to the entire community and features student performances, recognition of honored supporters and highlights of the school’s achievements. Click here for more information and advertising opportunities.