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TBO's Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is a once-a-year initiative encouraging all congregants to give generously to our synagogue community. Donations to the Annual Fund exclusively support the operating expenses of TBO.

Your tax-deductible donation to the TBO Annual Fund will exclusively support:

  • Superb, innovative programming and religious education for all ages,
  • Increased programming that addresses antisemitism and builds interfaith relationships, such as Unity in Prayer,
  • Financial assistance and scholarships,
  • Wonderful community-building onegs, holiday meals, and outreach to families celebrating life cycle events, and
  • Careful management of our aging facility with necessary upgrades and repairs.

The Annual Fund is our most important way to supplement dues and pay our basic operating expenses.

Your gift to the Annual Fund will be greatly appreciated and recognized electronically at TBO and on the website.  Donation levels are cumulative and reflect all donations given during the fiscal year, including Membership Gifts.  All givers (regardless of level) will be recognized in the newsletter.  If you wish your gift to be anonymous, we will honor that request as well.

Annual Fund FAQ's

Annual Fund FAQs

The Annual Fund is a once-a-year initiative encouraging all congregants to give generously to our temple community.  Virtually all not-for-profit organizations run an annual campaign.  Funds generated from the Annual Fund go exclusively to supporting the operating expenses of TBO.  Like all temples, our biggest operating expenses are for staff compensation.  We also pay for things like building maintenance, remissions for needy congregants, administrative costs, educational materials etc. from our operating budget.  Contributions made throughout the year to the many worthwhile special interest funds do not help to defray our operating costs.  The Annual Fund is our most important way to supplement dues and pay our basic operating expenses.

Aren’t our dues high enough already---why don’t they fully cover our costs?

When we started the Annual Fund, we did a study of temples in surrounding and comparable suburban areas. All of these temples report that dues are not sufficient to cover all of their ongoing expenses---contributions are an essential revenue component enabling them to balance their budgets.  While many of our congregants give generously to numerous Jewish and secular organizations, they assume that TBO is sustained by dues payments for membership.  Actually, our situation is like that of private schools, universities, and arts groups.  They may derive the bulk of their income through tuition and ticket sales, but need an annual fundraising appeal to balance the budget.  The TBO Annual Fund is an important factor in our ability to avoid budget deficits.

How Do We Recognize Contributors to The TBO Annual Fund?

Your gift to the Annual Fund will be greatly appreciated and recognized electronically at TBO and on the website.  Donation levels are cumulative and reflect all donations given during the fiscal year, including Membership Gifts.  All givers (regardless of level) will be recognized in the newsletter.  If you wish your gift to be anonymous, we will honor that request as well.

What kind of financial commitment are you expecting?

Clearly nobody can answer that question for you.  We are hoping that everyone in the congregation will participate at some level that is personally comfortable.  We are also hoping that your Annual Fund contributions increase each year as our operating costs increase each year.

How can I make my pledge?

To make a pledge, visit www.TBORaleigh.org/Giving.   If you are logged in, you will be able to choose the amount you wish to donate and select “Bill to My Account” if you do not care to make full payment at that time.

How and when can I pay my pledge?

Payment can be made either by check or credit card with payment expected within six months of the pledge date.  Please note that if you wish, you can make monthly payments on your credit card rather than a lump sum payment. We can even accept transfers of appreciated stock helping you avoid paying the related capital gains tax.

Can I designate that my Annual Fund contributions be used only to support my favorite programs at TBO?

No – All Annual Fund contributions are specifically used to defray operating expenses.  You can continue to support the many other worthwhile TBO funds and endowments through ongoing contributions (options listed here). We are looking at possible ways in the future to allow you to designate that funds be used for purposes that are especially important to you.

Is this the only time that you will ask for my support this year?

In most cases, this will be the only time that we approach you about fundraising.  In the course of the year, there may be some campaigns, special events or initiatives that will require your support.  Of course, we always welcome donations in memory or honor of loved ones.

What will happen if The TBO Annual Fund does not achieve its objectives?

Our budget depends on significant funds raised through The Annual Fund.  Failure to achieve these objectives will produce the kinds of budget deficits that we have faced in the past.  Deficits mean depletion of our limited reserve funds and cutbacks to programs and services at TBO.

Who should I contact if I have further questions that weren’t answered here?

Hilary Lamb, Director of Development:  DevelopmentDirector@TBORaleigh.org

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