Foundation Board Report
Table of Contents
Letter from the Foundation Board Chair 1
Who Are Our Students? 2
FY22 Fundraising Totals by Constituency and by Fund 3
The CUNY SPS 2022-2027 Strategic Plan 4
CUNY SPS Scholarship Recipients: In Their Own Words 6
CUNY SPS Foundation Scholarships, Prizes, and Grants 8
2022 Foundation Board of Directors 10
CUNY SPS Foundation Board Updates 11
FY22 Donors 12
Letter from the Foundation Board Chair
The talents and resilience of our students, faculty, and staff have continued to make CUNY SPS stand out as a leader in higher education even as our CUNY SPS community continued to struggle through the pandemic this past year (July 2021 to June 2022). We are unique because of our accessibility, affordability, and quality. These are themes we’ll cover more in the upcoming pages.
As we face increasing income inequality and emerge from the pandemic, accessibility, affordability, and quality are more important than ever to ensure all New Yorkers can succeed in the economic recovery and help bridge the divide. The professionally focused online degrees and courses we provide at CUNY SPS allow our students to keep working while earning
credentials that help propel them into new economic prosperity.
In the last fiscal year, the Foundation Board raised over $570,000 and continued to support student scholarships, textbook costs, and Covid-19 emergency funds.
Thank you to our almost 200 donors who made this possible when our students needed this help the most! The Foundation Board also supported Interim Dean Silva-Puras’s focus as he and CUNY SPS faculty and staff rolled out the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan
As we rebuild from the pandemic, we will continue to support the implementation of the School’s Strategic Plan,
including ambitious goals for increased enrollment and student retention. To mirror this ambition and continued leadership in accessibility, affordability, and quality for adult learners, the Foundation Board will launch a new Fundraising Campaign for the next five years. More on that to come in the 2022-2023 academic year.
In this report, I know you will be inspired by our students, faculty, staff, and alumni as our Foundation Board members are each day.
Sincerely, Blake Foote Chair, CUNY SPS Foundation Board
Who Are Our Students?
During the 2021-2022 academic year, over 3500 students attended CUNY SPS in total. Of those, more than 2440 are in bachelor’s degree programs and over 1110 are in a master’s degree program.
Within this class:
Ä Approximately 70% of our students are women
Ä More than 63% are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
Ä The majority of our undergraduates work full or part-time or serve in the military
Ä More than 34% of our students are between ages 31-40, and 19% are over 41 years old
Ä Over 68% of our students reside in NYC; nearly 14% live in NYS; and another 18% reside outside of New York
Ä Of our local students, over 15% are from the Bronx; 32% from Brooklyn; 14% from Manhattan; 35% from Queens; and 4% from Staten Island
Among our BIPOC students:
Ä 0.5 % are American Indian or Native Alaskan
Ä 17% are Asian or Pacific Islander
Ä Nearly 30% are Black, Non-Hispanic
Ä Over 16% are Hispanic, Other
As part of its longstanding mission to support adult learners, CUNY SPS provides students with educational opportunities that are accessible, affordable, and quality—all strengths that help to ensure student success.
As an institution committed to accessibility, CUNY SPS currently offers 24 of its 26 degree programs online, allowing students the flexibility to take classes and complete their coursework on their own time and schedule. Alongside this, CUNY SPS provides a broad range of student services and financial support to help students flourish and save on college costs. The School has also become an innovator in adult learner accessibility and academic momentum strategies, leading the City University of New York in orientation for online study, credit for prior learning, use of open educational resources, transfer credit evaluation, and debt forgiveness and finish line scholarships. So far, these initiatives have made a positive impact— CUNY SPS’s enrollment stats reveal a diverse student body, with approximately 70% female students and nearly 65% BIPOC, highlighting
how we’ve been able to make the school accessible to a wide range of adult learners.
Our other strengths—affordability and quality further support our students. CUNY tuition is one-third the cost of most of private colleges; we’re also consistently recognized nationally by ranking institutions like U.S. News & World Report, which has listed us in the top ten in several categories (see below). Our quality is also reflected in our online expertise, which has been honed by more than 15 years of providing online courses and degrees
Even as CUNY SPS celebrates the success of these efforts, we recognize that there is a critical need to expand these strengths going forward.
In a time of upheaval triggered by the pandemic, growing income inequality, and inflation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many adults to return to college or complete a graduate degree, cutting short a cycle of education and advancement that would otherwise boost their social and economic mobility.
To address these issues, CUNY SPS has developed a 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. Released in May 2022, this ambitious 5-year plan is a living document that offers ideas and strategies that seek to expand upon the School’s mission and our strengths even as we acknowledge and address the larger societal shifts that are impacting our students.
Expanding Enrollment and Access
Six Areas of Strategic Importance
Ensuring Academic Success and Career Development
Improving the Teaching and Learning Experience
Broadening Professional Education and Workplace Learning
Providing a Culture of Care
The 2022-2027 Strategic Plan’s planning committee used the guiding concepts informed by accessibility, affordability, and quality—as well as those of flexibility, equity, and community— to guide the six areas of strategic importance outlined in the plan: Expanding Enrollment and Access; Ensuring Academic Success and Career Development; Improving the Teaching and Learning Experience; Broadening Professional Education and Workplace Learning; Providing a Culture of Care; and Cultivating Innovation.
For the CUNY SPS Foundation Board, the Strategic Plan is a key document that will help guide our own work over the next several years. Of particular interest is the Strategic Plan’s stated goals to increase enrollment and access, which dovetails with our own ongoing efforts to build financial support and expand our fundraising activities for CUNY SPS students.
Working closely with the School, the CUNY SPS Foundation Board has identified several ways that we can help achieve some of the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
Our own targets include:
Ä Launching the School’s next comprehensive fundraising campaign with a focus on raising funds for scholarships, emergency funds, and leadership gifts to support the overall goals of the strategic plan.
Ä Recruiting new Foundation Board members with the necessary skills and capacity to help achieve our goals.
Ä Continuing to develop new pipelines of alumni, corporate, foundation, and major gift donors.
Ä Holding alumni-focused events and activities to highlight the work of our alumni and promote engagement.
Taken together, these aims form a larger blueprint of the fundraising work the CUNY SPS Foundation will be implementing in the years to come. We look forward to providing the CUNY SPS community with more details on these plans over the next few months.
CUNY SPS Scholarship Recipients: In Their Own Words
With the help of our generous supporters, the CUNY SPS Foundation has awarded named scholarships of more than $1.3 million to over 400 students since 2012. In FY2022, the CUNY SPS Foundation distributed scholarships to 153 students, representing 20 different academic programs. These exceptional and inspiring students are working adults who came to CUNY SPS to complete their degrees, often juggling work, children, families, and financial responsibilities as they forge their path to success. Below, several scholarship recipients describe the impact that these scholarships have had on their educational journeys, careers, and lives.
“With so much going on in my life personally, I am able to say that receiving this scholarship [William J. Kissane Scholarship] made a difference for me financially as well as academically. I hope to use what I learn at CUNY SPS to open up my own day program and residence to serve those that mean so much to me.”— Chiyere Barbor, MA in Disability Studies
“The real benefit of the [Petrie Nurse] scholarship is more than the cost of tuition. It’s the faith. The faith that I can finish my degree with a high GPA. The belief that nursing is an important profession. The encouragement to continue all the way through, even though working full time and completing a degree in two years is exhausting. And most of all, the support of knowing there are people who believe in me, a 47-year-old in her second career, her second bachelor’s, and her second chance at making a real difference in the world.”— Baly Cooley, BS in Nursing
“It was thanks to CUNY [and the Petrie Nurse Scholarship] that I managed to find the purpose I was looking for. Being a nurse has been a dream come true, a profession where I can help those most in need and where I can have a great impact on people’s lives.”— Nicholas Fosmire, BS in Nursing
“Being a two-time ACE [scholar and] mentor was really rewarding, I truly enjoy helping my mentees reach their goals. So what did the ACE mentorship do for me? It literally changed my life and future goal aspirations, which at my age I didn't think was possible.”
— Khadijah Frederick, Child Development Associate Certificate, BA in Liberal Studies, and MA in Youth Studies
“Being a single mother while working full-time and taking college courses has been one of the biggest obstacles that I have ever had to face. Battling financial stability while still trying to afford my remaining tuition after financial aid has been a scary journey, but well worth it in order to give my son a better life.”
— Jessica Montalvo, BA in Sociology (Finish Line Degree Completion Scholar)
“The ACE Scholars Program helped me pave the way to success, from start to finish. It allowed me to breathe and turn my complete focus to my academic studies rather than wringing my hands every semester, trying to play financial magic, or pausing my studies because some other area of my life needed to be addressed first.”
— April Outen, BA in Psychology
“Although life is no longer a mess, bills and responsibilities don’t ever go away, especially when the system is as broken as it is. Without this [ACE Scholarship] award, I would have not been able to return to CUNY SPS to complete my education.”
— Eduardo Quevedo, BA in Human Relations
“As a result of the [Youth Studies] scholarship, I pursued the opportunity to participate in an independent study…that explores youth participation in the food justice field. As independent studies are not a requirement for the master’s program, without the scholarship, I am not sure I would have prioritized a unique opportunity like this. I am so grateful for this scholarship.”
— Caroline Richardson, MA in Youth Studies
CUNY SPS Foundation Scholarships, Prizes, and Grants
CUNY SPS is pleased to honor all the recipients of scholarships, prizes, and grants for the FY22 academic year.
ACHIEVE COLLEGE EDUCATION (ACE) SCHOLARSHIP: 22 Awardees
BOB MARTIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 4 Awardees
EUGENE WALTERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 1 Awardee
FOUNDING DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP: 4 Awardees
MUSEUM STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP: 5 Awardees
NEWCOMBE SCHOLARSHIP FOR MATURE STUDENTS: 21 Awardees
PETRIE NURSE SCHOLARSHIP: 13 Awardees
RUSS PETERSON TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP: 1 Awardee
SCHULMAN, BOMBOY, AND GRAY SCHOLARSHIP: 1 Awardee
For Students Enrolled in the Human Relations program
STEPHEN M. ROSSEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 1 Awardee
TIMOTHY MEADE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 4 Awardees
For Students Enrolled in a Disability Studies program
U.S. MILITARY BACHELOR’S DEGREE COMPLETION SCHOLARSHIP: 2 Awardees
WILLIAM J. KISSANE III SCHOLARSHIP: 6 Awardees
For Students Enrolled in a Disability Studies program
ADJUNCT FACULTY TEACHING EXCELLENCE PRIZE:
Dr. Emily L. Brooks ’16, Adjunct Lecturer
Disability Studies programs
Grants & Funds
COVID-19 EMERGENCY GRANT FUND
Established by the CUNY School of Professional Studies Foundation, the COVID-19 Emergency Grant provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing hardship that could adversely affect their educational success.
To date, 49 COVID-19 Emergency Grants have been awarded in the current academic year. Overall, CUNY SPS has awarded more than 300 COVID-19 Emergency Grants.
Total Amount Raised: $622,413
CUNY SPS TEXTBOOK GRANT FUND
Established by the CUNY School of Professional Studies Foundation, the Textbook Grant Fund provides direct support to students for the purchase of course textbooks.
To date, 68 Emergency Student Textbook Grants have been awarded in the current academic year. Overall, CUNY SPS has awarded 259 Emergency Student Textbook Grants.
Total Amount Raised: $76,572
PETRIE STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANT FUND
Established through the generous support of the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, the Petrie Student Emergency Grant provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing hardship, which could adversely affect their educational success.
To date, 29 Petrie Student Emergency Grants have been awarded in the current academic year. Overall, CUNY SPS has awarded more than 100 Petrie Student Emergency Grants.
Total Amount Raised: $300,200
VIRTUAL FOOD PANTRY GRANT FUND
The CUNY School of Professional Studies launched a virtual food access initiative, developed with generous support from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation and the CUNY SPS Student Association, to help the School’s students experiencing food insecurity.
To date, 374 Virtual Food Pantry Grants have been awarded in the current academic year. Overall, CUNY SPS has awarded more than 500 Virtual Food Pantry Grants.
Total Amount Raised: $35,010
CUNY School of Professional Studies Foundation
2022 Board of Directors
(Alphabetical order by last name)
Asterisk* = Denotes an alum
Director, Structured Finance White Oak ABL, LLC
Horace M. Barker, Vice-Chair
First Vice President Wealth Management, Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Stephanie Benjamin Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Ret.) The City University of New York
Pamela Brier President/CEO (Ret.) Maimonides Medical Center
Joel I. Cohen, Treasurer Managing Director (Ret.)
Beatriz (Bea) de la Torre Managing Director, Housing & Homelessness
Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies
Blake Foote, Chair
Independent Consultant, Specialty in Workforce Development
Natalie Green Giles
Independent Consultant, Specialty in Education
Global Manager of Strategic Projects
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Robert Kissane, Emeritus Chairman
CCS Fundraising, Inc. (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management UBS Financial Services Inc. Patti Lieberman, Secretary Trustee
A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc. Brennon Marcano Chief Executive Officer The National GEM Consortium
Nadine Martin Associate Director Oncology Global Marketing Merck
Independent Consultant, Specialty in Government
CUNY School of Professional Studies
CUNY SPS Foundation Board Updates
In the academic year ending in June 2022, the CUNY SPS Foundation Board said goodbye to Board members and CUNY SPS alum Michelle Pinedo (BS in Business '13) and Steven Dupré (BA in Communication and Media '14), who stepped down at the close of their three-year term.
During their tenures, Pinedo assisted Board members Joel Cohen and Jason Kubica on the Finance and Auditing Committee while Dupré supported Board members Brennon Marcano, Horace Barker, and Stephanie Benjamin on the Fundraising and Alumni Engagement Committee.
Over the course of their term, Pinedo and Dupré helped to successfully raise tens of thousands of dollars, bringing their innovative ideas, strategic thinking, and tireless efforts to help our students, particularly during a time of tremendous and widespread need. Both members served as advocates for the School and its vision to help adult learners complete their degrees and elevate their careers. In addition, as alumnus, they offered a unique perspective into what CUNY SPS students might be experiencing or looking for. The corporate partnerships they also developed were a tremendous asset to the School and our students.
The Board wishes to thank again Michelle Pinedo and Steven Dupré for their dedication to our School, to building and growing the Foundation Board, and for helping to transform the lives of our students.
Following their departures, the Board welcomed Debbie Rosen, Natalie Green Giles, and Beatriz (Bea) de la Torre to the CUNY SPS Foundation Board of Directors.
The three appointees bring their extensive experience in government and not-for-profit administration toward their new roles on the Foundation Board.
Debbie Rosen has more than two decades of experience working in senior executive roles in New York City and State government, where she managed major agencies, policy portfolios, and legislative issues. Most recently, Rosen served as the Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor, where she helped shape program and policy initiatives across the First Deputy Mayor’s portfolio agencies. Rosen holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Natalie Green Giles is an independent consultant and writer with specific interests in organizational development and performance improvement efforts in not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Her 20 years of professional experience include serving as a Mayoral
Appointee to the NYC Board of Education, known as the Panel for Educational Policy, under the de Blasio administration, providing governance, oversight, and policy recommendations for the largest public school system in the country. Giles has also written and published numerous articles, studies, and opinion pieces, including the narrative nonfiction book Songa’s Story: How a Shtetl Jew Found the American Dream. Giles is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in NYC and received a BA in Psychology from Williams College and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.
Beatriz (Bea) de la Torre is a noted housing professional with over fifteen years of experience in affordable housing and homelessness issues spanning across philanthropy and government. Currently, she serves as the Managing Director for Housing & Homelessness at Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies, where she is responsible for securing and implementing high-impact interventions to break the cycle of mass homelessness in New York City and increase the supply of low-income affordable housing. De la Torre graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MA in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Individuals FY22 Donors
Asterisk *= Alumni Donors
Horace M. Barker
Leonard V. Blades*
Casaundra Broadus* Harvey S. Brown
Rebecca Brown Cesarani
Mark Chalfin, Esq.
Daniel K. Chan*
Nidia E. Cordova
Charles G. Delaney
Deborah A. Douglass
Kimberly A. Enoch
Kayla R. Erb*
Roxanne R. Garoutte
Crosbis Genao Rivas*
Asterisk*= Alumni Donors
Heather K. Guerrero*
James P. Hamski*
Mary K. Hannigan
Mariano Hernandez, Jr.*
Michael J. Iadarola
Thomas J. Jennings
John B. Keane
Maura J. Kehoe*
Edwin L. Knox
Benjamin F. Krasinski
Kenneth E. Krosin
Lia Kudless Campbell
Joanne T. Lavin
Jennifer G. Lee
Jennifer S. Lee
Kit K. Lei
Bruce A. Lieberman
William G. Littman
Cavel A. Malcolm
Denese N. McFarlane*
Jeanine W. Molock
Edilma I. Mora
Kathryn N. Moss Dinah Nissen
Jan Oosting Kaminsky
Lance W. Ozier
Amanda Pagan-Glass* Emily Paras
Brian A. Peterson Dawn K. Picken
Bethany Poulin* Richard E. Pravda*
Gary L. Quan*
Victor M. Ramos*
Cheryl A. Reich
Doris Y. Revilla
Carol E. Rossen
Danny C. Shaw* Marilyn Shea
Lisa A. Sheridan*
Carrie L. Shockley
Jennifer Siaca Curry
Lucas J. Sifuentes
Kenan K. Sooklall*
Jennifer R. Sparrow
Nina Sporn Bronwen Stine
Ekaterina Sukhanova Zachary Tessler Ashleigh B. Thompson Harris Tilevitz
Duubar E. Villalobos
Janet E. Wall
Barbara R. Walters Doehrman
Lakisha S. WheelerLambert*
Nicholas Y. Barratt*
Mary Beth DeFabrizio
Susan S. Ko
Felix V. Matos Rodriguez
George F. Otte
Ann E. Peterson
Susan G. Rosenthal
Donatus Anusionwu and Arpita Mazumdar
Stephanie T. Benjamin
Pamela S. Brier
Joel and Terry Cohen
Patricia S. Lieberman
Blake W. Foote
Leadership Circle ($50,000-$99,000)
Alan H. Fishman
Foundations, Corporations, & Organizations
Bank of America Employee Giving Campaign
Barratt Family Giving Fund Benevity Community Impact Fund
Broadridge Matching Gift Program
Ethan Multi Services Corporation Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC IBM Matching Gift Program James and Elizabeth Rossman Fund
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Coleman Family Charitable Foundation
The Gloria Ross Charitable Fund (Jewish Communal Fund)
The Jim Neuberger and Helen Stambler Neuberger Foundation
The Robert and Linda Friedman Foundation
Schwab Charitable UBS Matching Gifts Program
Foote Family Charitable Fund (J.P. Morgan Charitable Giving Fund)
Goldman Sachs Matching Gift Program
Merck Gives Back Program National Philanthropic Trust (J.P. Morgan Charitable Giving Fund)
Leadership Circle ($50,000-$99,000)
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation
Legacy Circle ($100,000+) The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation
Asterisk*= Alumni Donors