Does charity = “panhandling” in Hoboken?

How important is Hoboken Charter School Fundraising?

One Hoboken411 reader is a parent in town, and has submitted a letter expressing some concern over the Hoboken Charter School fundraisers after a fire devasted their school back in September.

They have chosen to be anonymous since their viewpoints will likely be considered “unpopular” with many other parents in town.

Letter: Hoboken Charter School – GET OFF MY BACK!

“I would suspect that most parents of young school kids in Hoboken would never say anything publicly about all these fundraisers, but I am getting ticked off by the constant panhandling to “Rebuild the Hoboken Charter School.”

The barrage of emails and begging never ceases!

As a proud parent of kids who pays over five figures per kid per year, I am a bit turned off by them expecting everyone else to pony up money for their inconvenience.

Shouldn’t the parents of the kids who work for big financial firms on Wall Street, who make tons a lot of money kick in since their kids go to school for free and they are not means tested at all?

I mean they win a “lottery” and they get 300k to 500K in “free” schooling for 9-13 years and we are suppose to feel bad?

The school found an alternate location in Jersey City, and they should be lucky they found a place and that their kids were not killed during the fire.

How entitled are these people?

Have you ever thought about why the fundraisers are even held at venues like the W Hotel, with lavish appointments and high end wine from Sparrow? Why not a more economical location like the Elks Lodge?

Most of the money raised will go towards event overhead, not charity! Sounds like every other sham charity in existence! Do they not realize that charity is a lot more than a fancy event? Where is the economic sensibility? Or do they only care about a party where they can compare notes about who has the most expensive stroller? Sickening and phony!

And what do they mean “Rebuild?” They were renting the space they’re in. I know this is a potentially sensitive topic for the community and it might alienate residents if you express yourself this way because it deals with “kids,” but I am growing tired of it. They were temporarily displaced until perhaps next school year. I assume they have insurance to cover the cost of what was lost so where will all this money go exactly? They will raise a lot out of guilt but I would like to see the accounting…”

Hoboken411 Note: This letter does not necessarily represent the views of this website, but was published to shine light on opinions of members of the Hoboken community.

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16 Comments on "Does charity = “panhandling” in Hoboken?"


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Mbattle76
3 years 4 months ago

At least this reader had the “balls” to write this letter.
I went to one fundraiser and that will be all.
THEY HAVE INSURANCE. I will give to other fuudraisers but not to this one anymore.

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hobotini
3 years 3 months ago

Their fundraising efforts following the fire have been hugely successful, which is great because it speaks to the community spirit in this town, but at this point they should probably let the community know, on top of their insurance, just how much they’ve received in cash donations as well as what they’ve received from the Amazon wishlists and if those wishlists have been fulfilled which many are speculating. Many people at this point suspect that they are no longer in the rebuilding phase of their fundraising efforts but are now in the rebuilding to be “bigger and better” phase and… Read more »

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AMG1055
3 years 4 months ago

So much money flying around these benefits. Who’s watching the books?

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 4 months ago

Exactly. This is also my concern. It’s not only the emails and panhandling, it’s also all these bars and restaurants “jumping on the bandwagon” for every imaginable event that occurs in our city. Why should I assume everone running a benefit in this town isn’t doing it for their own increase in revenue? Let’s not act that crooked activities don’t occur in the State of New Jersery or Hoboken for that matter. How are these events controlled? How are we assured that ALL the proposed donations specified are being received by those in need? There needs to be regualtions for… Read more »

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tberman
3 years 4 months ago

Agree.

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hudson
3 years 4 months ago

I completely agree with you. I was annoyed that my private school sent out e-mails asking for donations. I pay a lot, willingly of course, for my child’s education already. Why am I being asked to pay for theirs? I know many of the parents who send their kids to the charters schools do so because they are free and many of the parents are just as well off as I am. I don’t blame them, but when it’s time to kick in money for whatever the expenses are to re-build that school I think they should then pony up.… Read more »

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briank
3 years 4 months ago

Charter schools are funded through property taxes just like any other public school. They do not receive additional state aid, however. So they most definitely are NOT free, as comments have said. As for the disparity of who send their kids where and how much they make, that is not somewhere we should go. Those same people can turn around and show that they pay three times as much in property taxes as another parent. That doesn’t give them additional rights or privileges so why should they be denigrated for sending their kid to the public school for which they… Read more »

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hudson
3 years 4 months ago

Since everyone pays taxes and or rent in this town they are essentially free. They are getting something for their tax dollars in terms of school, most people don’t. At the end of the day you have a choice and it is how I decided whether or not to contribute. I pay taxes and I pay private school tuition. I pay enough in terms of schooling in this town. I am happy with my school period and hold no grudge to the parents who chose the Charter option (or have been chosen by the charter rather). I just don’t think… Read more »

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HOB424
3 years 4 months ago

They are “free” in the fact that there is no tution. There are parents that send their kids here because, it’s like private school tuition free.[quote comment=”217550″]Charter schools are funded through property taxes just like any other public school. They do not receive additional state aid, however. So they most definitely are NOT free, as comments have said. As for the disparity of who send their kids where and how much they make, that is not somewhere we should go. Those same people can turn around and show that they pay three times as much in property taxes as another… Read more »

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 4 months ago

And to continue along these lines of being deceiving, it wasn’t too long ago that a bunch of us jumped at the opportunity to suppot the Hoboken Ambulance Corp at it’s annal Spaghetti dinner event on pier A only to find out after purchasing the tickets that the Ambulance Corp was only benifited thru the alcohol sales at the event. The other monies was directed as “event sponsored by dawn zimmer”. I would like to know the amount that was received and what zimmer is using the funds for!

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xxrjxx
3 years 3 months ago

That must have been some special ‘annal’ spachetti dinner. I guess you had to really watch out for what was in the sauce. 😯 lol[quote comment=”217553″]And to continue along these lines of being deceiving, it wasn’t too long ago that a bunch of us jumped at the opportunity to suppot the Hoboken Ambulance Corp at it’s annal Spaghetti dinner event on pier A only to find out after purchasing the tickets that the Ambulance Corp was only benifited thru the alcohol sales at the event. The other monies was directed as “event sponsored by dawn zimmer”. I would like to… Read more »

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 3 months ago

It sure was XX and I believe the Ambulance Corp got screwed too. Since the people in my party weren’t drinkers, our entire cost went to zimmer for whatever reasons. We would have much rather just given a cash donation to the Ambulance Corp, and skip the dinner now knowing who actually benefited from the cost of our tickets. Yeah, we were screwed alright.[quote comment=”217556″]That must have been some special ‘annal’ spachetti dinner. I guess you had to really watch out for what was in the sauce. lol[/quote]

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