My modest proposal for a yeshiva to raise funds
Due to the economic downturn, the Yeshiva is forced to entertain different methods to cover our payroll expenses for our dedicated Rebbeim and staff.
At this time the Yeshiva is participating in a raffle campaign with the Grand Prize being $100,000. The drawing will be on Lag B’Omer, May 12th. The price of a ticket is $100.
We are asking all bochurim, and friends of the Yeshiva to participate in this project by buying and selling raffle tickets. Incentives are being offered to those who feel they can help the Yeshiva with this. We are asking all parents to please try to help out in any way possible (example: giving your son a list of family and friends who they could approach) and to encourage your sons to sell a lot of tickets. It is only with a partnership between the Yeshiva and the parent body that we will be able to pull through these tough financial times.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Yeshiva office at -------
I told my son that every school does raffles and Chinese auctions, and the like. They don't really motivate me because if I wish to donate, then I am not thinking about the prize. I've read of research on thought processes that indicate that selfish motivations --i.e. winning a prize -- are actually incompatible with selfless motivations -- i.e. thinking of the benefit to others, or, in this case, the school.
My son shot down my own modest proposal because it would take up too much time of the same bochurim who have been asked to solicit raffle sales. I know they would not go for it, but I thought I would share it with the blog audience in any case. During the many days off from yeshiva -- their vacation for Pesach begins this week -- the boys could offer services ranging from running errands to yard work and even babysitting. With so many people pressed with their own Pesach preparations and with young children off from school, a little extra help should be appreciated. The boys could then askthat this appreciation be expressed through a donation to the yeshiva rather than in direct payment. True, it does take longer to do such work than to simply accost someone and ask for $100 a ticket, but I think it would be a very refreshing approach to those of us who are absolutely bombarded by requests for funds from various (many truly worthy) tzedakas to instead have someone who represents the yeshiva really put his own time and effort into the cause rather than merely demand money. And in truth, though my son will spend just about all his time off learning, most boys do spend a lot of their time off just bored, idle, or hanging out -- and those are the good ones.