In my community there is a big benefactor who provides tuition assistance for the Jewish day school.

A parent is in the practice of trying to give $2,000 a year to tzedakka but he receives $8,000 x 3 children in tuition assistance from the benefactor.

Ought he use the $2000 toward education and only accept $8000 x 3 -$2000 from the benefactor?

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Rambam says in הלכות מתנות עניים פרק ז:

ואפילו עני המתפרנס מן הצדקה, חייב ליתן צדקה לאחר.

Even a poor person who lives off charity is obligated to give charity to others. (translation mine)

It would seem that the parent should continue as they are doing, giving their $2000, even if that means accepting the full tuition assistance.

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    So would it make a difference if the parent gave $100 to tzedakka and accepted $8000 x3 - 1900? Commented Jun 12, 2017 at 13:07
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    I'm not a rabbi, but my understanding is that giving more is better. If the tuition fund is $8000, it makes sense to accept that, and then give whatever other tzedaka one can.
    – Scimonster
    Commented Jun 12, 2017 at 13:10

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