Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Receives $9 Million Grant for Financial Accessibility and Endowment
Minneapolis, MN - August 10, 2017 — The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School announced today that it received a $9 million grant over ten years from the Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation, the largest single gift in the school's 33-year history.
Heilicher alumni parents and philanthropists Lynne and Andrew Redleaf provided the ten-year grant for the purpose of making a Heilicher education financially accessible to more families. The Redleaf Affordability & Endowment Building Challenge Grant primarily will support tuition relief, including the establishment of a tuition reduction grant for children of professionals working at Jewish nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities. A portion of the gift is designated as a "matching grant" to help launch the school's upcoming endowment campaign.
"We are grateful for this generous grant," said Heilicher Board President Bruce Manning. "It will have a profound impact on the future of the day school. This gift opens the door for more students to experience the value of a Heilicher education and, ultimately, strengthens our Jewish community."
The Redleafs consider this grant an investment in a central pillar of a thriving Jewish community. "We believe a community day school is vital for developing the next generation of knowledgeable, thoughtful, and engaged community members," said Lynne, mother of two Heilicher alumni and a Heilicher board member since 2016. "The school provides children a rigorous education combined with a strong sense of Jewish identity—in a caring community. Financial accessibility is an important piece of this mission, and we wanted to contribute to the financial stability of the school."
"We hope that more families will consider Jewish day school for their primary education," said Andrew, founder and CEO of Whitebox Advisors, a Minneapolis hedge fund. "We saw an opportunity to help remove financial obstacles to this kind of extraordinary education."
"We are humbled by the generosity and commitment this grant demonstrates," said Head of School Yoni Binus. "Now we are closer than ever to achieving our goal of making a Heilicher education accessible to as many Jewish families as possible. We are buoyed by the Redleafs' confidence in our strategic direction, and we look forward to continuing to provide best-in-class education for years to come."
About the Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Founded in 1984, the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School is the Twin Cities' K-8 independent school of choice for families who seek academic excellence in a nurturing Jewish environment. The school's inquiry-based/STEAM approach delivers strong academics and Judaic and Hebrew language studies. Students become critical thinkers, confident communicators, and creative, engaged community members. Heilicher is currently accepting applications for all grade levels at www.hmjds.org.
The Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation
The Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation was founded in 2016. Stalwart supporters of Heilicher for many years, the Redleafs received the school's Ner Tamid Award in 2014 for leadership and commitment. Their generous donations have supported scholarships and the school's Center for Individual Achievement which offers emotional, behavioral, and social supports to help students thrive at Heilicher. Other organizations that the Redleafs support include Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, Washburn Center for Children, and Temple Israel, among many others.