Advancing Shaker: Annual Report

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Shaker Schools Foundation | Donor Appreciation Report | Fall 2021

Board of Trustees 2021-2022 Stasia Vavruska, President Carter Strang, Vice President Cathy Belk, Treasurer Cathy Zbanek, Secretary Jennifer Lawry Adams Eileen Anderson Michael Bowen Lawrence Burnley Kevin Clayton Pawan K. Divakarla Mark Freeman (Life Trustee) David Glasner Christopher Hunter Jeffrey Isaacs Tricia Khayat Ramona Lowery Cliff Mendelsohn Dorothea Polster Lisa Nersesian Richardson Philip Rowland-Seymour Doug Wang Brittany Webb

Advisory Committee


Holly Coughlin, Executive Director Laura Orazi, Director of Development Erica Verderber, Senior Administrative Assistant Sharon Galin, Alumni Liaison Megan Hanger, Development Associate Jennifer Proe, Marketing Associate

Board of Education

Heather Weingart, President Lisa Cremer Ayesha Bell Hardaway Jeffrey Isaacs Emmitt R. Jolly


Greetings! As we begin the 2021-22 school year, it’s hard to believe that the Shaker Schools Foundation is now 40 years old! In some ways, it feels as though we’ve only just begun. And yet, it’s hard to imagine a time when the Foundation didn’t exist. It’s easy to take for granted that the Foundation will always be here to fund the important projects, initiatives and opportunities our students deserve. As we look back, it’s clear that the Foundation’s success owes everything to the amazing dedication of our caring Shaker community. Your interest and involvement has allowed us to provide support for Shaker students, teachers and programs in all buildings and in all grade levels — for four decades. Thank you!

Shaker Schools Foundation 15600 Parkland Drive Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 (216) 295-4329

Anne Borchert, Co-chair Nancy Karr, Co-chair Joanie Adler Jamie Babbit Maxine Isaacs Kathryn Jones Peter Lawson Jones Barb Miller K.J. Montgomery Chris Nance Marjorie Newman Zachary Paris Terry Pollack Deborah Ratner, Emeritus Ronald Ratner Susan Ratner Robin Weaver Caroline Weingart Steve Weitzner Mariana Whyte

A Word from our Board President

This report highlights some of those successes from the most recent school year (2020-21). While that year was filled with challenges we could never have imagined, this community rose to those challenges, time and again, to support our beloved Shaker schools and students. It was truly a remarkable testament to our community’s generosity and compassion. This report also provides an opportunity to look ahead to the future. We are excited to share plans for the current school year and to acknowledge the support of the many people who make our work possible. At age 40, we’re just getting started! There is much more to do — this year and beyond — to advance equity, opportunity and excellence for every Shaker student. And we can’t do it without you. Thank you for helping us reach this significant milestone — and here’s to many more years of serving our students, together!

About Us Now celebrating our 40th year, the Shaker Schools Foundation has long been a pioneer in public education philanthropy. Shaker Schools Foundation was the first foundation in Ohio to support a public school system when it launched in 1981. SSF covers what tax dollars cannot, enriching and expanding opportunities for learning, in and beyond Shaker’s classrooms. Since its inception, SSF has raised over $7.5M in support of students in the Shaker Heights City School District.

Stasia Vavruska, President

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Our Mission

The Shaker Schools Foundation supports all Shaker Heights City Schools students by cultivating community resources to advance equitable access and enhance opportunities in and out of the classroom.

Year In Review

Up Next

Here are just a few of the projects and initiatives your gifts supported in the 2020-21 school year:

Advancing Shaker

Key Projects & Initiatives Greater Cleveland Educational Equity Roundtable — Created by SSF, convenes quarterly for important discussions with DEI educational professionals, practitioners, and community stakeholders Soulcraft Woodshop Partnership — SSF supports this collaboration with a community woodshop and makerspace for student projects dvanced Manufacturing & A Machining — SSF purchased equipment for a new classroom at the High School serving engineering career pathways for our students irrors & Windows K-4 Literacy M Program — SSF purchased hundreds of classroom books that allow students to see themselves in literature and to learn about others’ cultures lementary Design Labs — SSF E purchased equipment for three design labs under construction at Boulevard, Lomond and Woodbury Elementary schools Opportunity Assistance Scholarships — SSF manages two funds to expand student participation in extracurricular activities and athletics participation Kids Cook at Home — SSF supported a program for Lomond families to prepare delicious and healthy meals with EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute LK Day of Service — SSF supported M a virtual, interactive PTO program for all Shaker families


Middle School Motogo Club — SSF supported a hands-on after school activity for students assembling motorcycles Making Our Own Spaces (MOOS) — SSF supported a build and design project for middle school students lways Ready Leadership Training — A SSF helped 56 football players and coaches attend an eight-week virtual program focused on leadership and team building igh School Learning Garden — H SSF provided tools and equipment for students to use in the garden

Campaigns Tech 2 Learn & Connect (TLC) — Our donors helped us provide high-quality headsets, mice and other tools for remote and hybrid learning

Your support will provide the resources our students need to reach their full potential. Projects underway for the 2021-22 school year include:

Woodshop Design Course where Shaker Middle School students will build bookshelves to hold books for kindergarten students and their families All Kids Ride, a traveling P.E. program for all Shaker kindergarten and first grade students to learn to ride a bicycle utfitting of the Design Labs at O Boulevard, Lomond and Woodbury Continuing to support students through Opportunity Assistance Scholarships Expanding the Kids Cook at Home program with EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute Partnerships to provide mentoring, entrepreneurship, and leadership opportunities

Raider Athletic Center — SSF partnered with sports boosters, alumni and other donors to create a state-of-theart fitness center and dedicated wrestling room

Supporting additional programming for SGORR (Student Group on Race Relations) and MAC Scholars (Minority Achievement Committee)

ission in Motion — Our donors M generously supported this annual appeal serving areas of greatest need

Additional support for the Innovative Center programming

Educational Equity Fund — Attendees at the 29th annual A Night for the Red & White helped us launch this fund to support the District’s key diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives

Securing funding from the Jennings Foundation for professional development for our staff

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Equity Your gifts help us ensure all Shaker students have what they need, when they need it, to learn, grow and thrive — whether that’s new technology to stay connected, role models to help them visualize their future, or additional resources and support to build skills and confidence. High-quality headsets were a game changer in providing online instruction during the pandemic.

Showing Our Students Some TLC

STEMPowering Girls

When the pandemic threw a major curveball into the way we deliver instruction to our students, the Foundation acted quickly. With the support of our community and alumni, we established a fund to supply the necessary tools to get the job done, including:

Knowing that “you cannot be what you cannot see,” the Foundation supported two clubs launched by advisors at Shaker Heights Middle School to encourage girls to explore the fields of STEM where women are vastly underrepresented nationally. Librarian Deb Quarles and learning and teaching specialist Lauren Priestley collaborated to launch the clubs and worked to connect the participating students with role models in STEM.

High-quality headsets with microphones for all K-6 students. These allow for clearer speaking and listening, which translates into better student engagement. New computer mice for K-4 students Magnetic counting boards and letter sets for our PreK students Read/write software to help with reading fluency Resources to spark creativity in music and art specials The funds raised helped to provide a more equitable learning experience throughout a challenging time for all.

“We all deserve to feel like we belong.” - Lauren Holloway, Class of 2009, mentor of Girls Who Code club at Shaker Heights Middle School 6

The stEMPOWER club held panel discussions with female student leaders in STEM at the high school, led several STEM challenges, and provided the students with contest opportunities. Girls Who Code provided middle school girls the opportunity to learn the coding language Python, and to develop their own Chatbot, while learning from a tech-savvy alumna, Lauren Holloway, Class of 2009. Says Quarles, “The girls asked some fairly probing questions about the industry, her journey, preparation and what advice she would give to someone interested in tech. She was impressed and offered to assist with developing program activities, which was clearly a game changer.”

Holloway was happy to pay forward the expertise she first explored as a member of computer club as a Shaker fifth-grader. The highlight for her was “seeing them go from quiet, fearful of making a mistake passengers to curious, vocal, confident drivers of the project. We all deserve to feel like we belong.” The advisors plan to expand both clubs to involve more community members with STEM expertise.

MAC Scholars Summer Enrichment To help bolster learning and success, the Foundation supported a 6-week summer program for rising 5th grade students who are in the MAC Scholars and MAC Sisters program. The program provided enrichment in the areas of math, science and language and literature, as well as daily physical and leadership activities. Sessions were led by Shaker faculty members, with assistance from High School MAC Sister Scholar Danielle Tall. Weekly field trips exposed students to various professions and experiences, while featured speakers provided inspiration and encouragement to the group.

Woodbury teacher Brittany Webb helped the MAC Summer Scholars build their math skills.

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The Foundation’s Impact


Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Foundation was able to provide a wide range of opportunities for our students, teachers and community. Here’s how your support impacted learning:


3,800 Headsets

67 Awards

600 Supporters

20 Pairs of Gloves

Purchased for K-6 students for remote and hybrid learning

Given to outstanding high school juniors and seniors

Tuned in to “The Show Must Go On!” - a virtual benefit for A Night for the Red & White

Given to students to use in the Audrey Stout Learning Garden

3 Green Screens

56 Athletes

26 Scholarships

129 Alumni

Installed in the new design labs at Lomond, Boulevard and Woodbury

Enrolled in the Always Ready Leadership Program for football players and coaches

Given to students to take advantage of Beyond the Desk & Level the Playing Field activities

Became first-time donors, contributing more than $30,000

949 Books

5,200 Students

6 Entrepreneurs

50 Desks

Purchased for the K-4 Mirrors & Windows Literacy Initiative

Served by the Foundation - every student in every building

Mentored and assisted by our partners

Designed and built by students, for students, during the pandemic

1 New Playground

40 Years

30 Galas

125 Little Chefs

Added to the renovation at Fernway Elementary

Since Shaker Schools Foundation launched in 1981

Celebrating the 30th A Night for the Red & White in 2022

Participated in Kids Cook at Home with EDWINS

Receipts: Individuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $602,961 Corporations & Foundations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128,452 Subtotal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 731,413 Interest & Dividend Income. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148,296 Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879,709

Disbursements: Student Awards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35,708 Teacher Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,986 Authorized Projects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 683,024 Subtotal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726,718 Administrative & Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259,957 Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 986,675 Change in Net Gain/(Loss) on Investments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,291,940 SBA PPP Grant Forgiveness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,550 Cash & Investments (at market, beginning of year 7/1/20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,586,440 Cash & Investments (at market, end of year 6/30/21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,790,962


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Opportunity Thanks to our donors, all Shaker students have opportunities to learn enriching new skills and abilities — like cooking, woodworking and design, sports, theatre and so much more. Jumpstart Plus students enjoyed partnering with EDWINS to learn new recipes and cook together.

New Opportunities to Explore, Create and Grow Opportunity scholarships are helping Shaker students try their hand at something new: like building with Legos, 3D game design, scouting, soccer, basketball, tennis and youth theatre. Two funds managed by the Shaker Schools Foundation help make it possible. Beyond the Desk scholarships help students explore an extracurricular activity outside of school, while Level the Playing Field scholarships support participation in youth team sports through the Shaker Recreation Department and the Shaker Youth Sports leagues. Middle School student Jada used the opportunity to try something out of her comfort zone: tennis. At first, she says, “I wanted to give up because I kept missing balls or hitting it over the fence.” But after sticking with it for a while, she felt differently. “I enjoyed it, and I learned how to do forehand and backhand strokes - and now I want to play throughout high school.”

Building “Desks for Success” In the face of a global pandemic that illuminated disparities in resources, three Shaker Heights High School students decided to act locally by providing an essential item for remote learning: desks. The Shaker Schools Foundation helped connect Rachel Coxon, Olivia Peebles and Grace Wilkinson with a Cleveland organization, Soulcraft Woodshop, and provided funding to help cover the cost of the mentoring, tools and materials they needed to launch their project. The students also recruited a fleet of student volunteers who were eager to apply hands-on learning to a real-world problem: educational inequity. Says Rachel, “It was really cool to get out of a classroom setting to learn more about the real world, and everyone has been treating us like adults. It’s been hard for students to adjust to everything going on and I couldn’t imagine attending online school without a place to work.”

Kids Cook at Home with EDWINS Move over chicken fingers and mac and cheese: make room for spinach sausage parmesan orzo and Caesar salad. Lomond students and their families upgraded their weeknight dinner repertoire with a little help from chef Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. The Foundation supported a virtual, ten-week “Kids Cook at Home” program by purchasing pots, pans and other supplies so that all Lomond families could join in the fun of learning some advanced kitchen skills and trying new foods. The program won rave reviews! “We enjoyed cooking with Edwins because it was one of the rare times we got to cook and eat dinner together,” says Tammy Bell. Her student, Drazden, also approved: “The thing I liked best was cooking with my friends. It was fun and the food was good!” EDWINS also partnered with the District’s Jumpstart Plus summer enrichment program at the Middle School to provide additional culinary experiences for Shaker students.

“I love theater and have never been able to be in a show. I would love to be on stage!” - Emily, Shaker Heights Middle School student, who attended Heights Youth Theatre camp


Shaker Heights High School students received hands-on instruction at Soulcraft Woodshop to build desks for students to use at home.

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Fitness Goes State-of-the-Art

The Shaker schools have long been admired for their commitment to excellence. Thanks to your gifts, we can continue to provide state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and teacher training to deliver the 21st century skills and abilities our students need to succeed.

High School students can explore new pathways in Advanced Manufacturing and Machining.

Providing New Pathways

Learning by Design

Shaker Heights High School students couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new equipment in the machining and manufacturing room at the high school, installed last year using funding from the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Innovation Fund. The equipment includes 3D printers, laser cutters, a thermal vacuum former, a wind tunnel, industrial robots, and industrial mills and lathes. Dr. Joe Marencik, who heads up the CTE program and teaches Engineering and Advanced Robotics, is excited to be able to bolster the High School’s Engineering pathway that will provide Career Tech Education credentials.

With support from the Foundation’s donors, the District is moving full STEAM ahead to implement three dedicated design labs for hands-on learning and exploration at Lomond, Boulevard and Woodbury elementary schools. The labs are uniquely designed to foster creativity, collaboration and self-initiated inquiry. Learning opportunities will tie in with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics curricula that are appropriate for each grade level. Students can enjoy technology-driven media creation, electronics and circuit building, coding, robotics and projectbased learning using design thinking models.

These opportunities will provide Shaker students not only with engaging, hands-on learning, but will open new career pathways to them as well. Students can earn in-demand industry certifications like OSHA 10-hour training, Autodesk, and FANUC robot programming. And, students will be able to take part in internships arranged with local manufacturing companies who are eager for skilled employees.

Jakecia Durham, a Shaker parent and designer who has been extensively involved in the design of the labs, can’t wait to see Shaker students get into the labs. As a designer, she loves how “every piece of furniture and fixture provides multiple functions to make use of the space.” For example, Lego tables can be used in a drop-down position for assembly, or positioned upright to be used as dry erase boards. Nesting tables with dryerase tops can be moved together for large group collaborations, or separated for small group sessions. The acoustic panels not only absorb sound, but also serve as pinup space for students’ ideas. And as a parent, she says, ”I look forward to my children being able to explore their own design inquiries, not only with technology, but also with stations that encourage manual tinkering and imagination.”

Says Marty McGuan, who teaches machining and manufacturing, “There is no shortage of what a student can learn in this classroom. They can really become practitioners of the mechanical arts.” Shaker student Evan Ward agrees. “I had taken Robotics last year so I had some familiarity with the tools, but I had no clue how a lathe works. Now I know how to use it to cut metal. Mr. McGuan said that this knowledge is very helpful for mechanical engineering or future work with vehicles or at NASA.”

The new equipment includes custombuilt squat racks with built-in storage for dumbbells, kettlebells and plates, as well as adjustable benches, glute-ham machines, neck machines and cable machines. The new space is clean and bright, outfitted with Shaker Raider logos to promote school pride among all who use it. The former weight room was then reconfigured as a dedicated wrestling room, giving those athletes a muchdeserved home of their own. Says Shaker grad and wrestling coach Will Knight, Class of 1991, “Shaker designating and developing this space for our wrestling team confirms what I’ve always believed that Shaker is: supportive of diversity, inclusion and continuing to not leave anyone without the proper resources to achieve success.”

“I’ve never seen this type of equipment before in a school. I’m excited to use it because I feel like you can get the experience for yourself instead of just hearing a teacher talk about it.” - Naukiya Worley, Shaker Heights High School Advanced Manufacturing Class student


Gone are the days when the Shaker Heights High School weight room was a dark and unwelcoming place for most Shaker students. In its place now stands the state-of-the-art Raider Athletic Center, designed to be used by all Shaker students, whether or not they play on a team. This transformation, made possible by generous donations from Shaker Sports Boosters and Raider alumni, involved relocating the weight room to the former multipurpose room. The larger footprint increases the number of students who can safely work on strength and conditioning at one time, making it accessible for phys ed students and student athletes alike.

The new Raider Athletic Center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment.


Special Events Rising to the Occasion...Virtually! During a time of crisis, special events remained an important way for our community to connect and share with one another —using a bit of ingenuity, and a lot of technology.


A Night for the Red & White benefits all Shaker students in every grade and at every building.

A Night for the Red & White

Shaker Speaks…Online

When 2020 handed us lemons, we didn’t just make lemonade— we built a whole new kind of lemonade stand. In the face of a global pandemic, our talented executive committee of Sarah Brandon Bowen (Class of 2007), Mity Fowler, Lauren Martin and Marla Walker helped us make a necessary pivot for our 29th gala event: from an in-person event with dinner, dancing, performances and silent auction, to a virtual gala that was beamed live into living rooms throughout Shaker and across the country!

Our popular series featuring intimate conversations with unique Shaker voices returned in 2020, albeit in a different format. In a typical year, Shaker Speaks events are held in a private home as a ticketed fundraiser for the Foundation. During the 2020-21 school year, the Foundation hosted three virtual events, free of charge, as a way to serve and connect our local community and our alumni:

A Few Highlights: - A ttendees from more than 600 households and 23 states tuned in to our event, raising more than $230,000 for the Shaker Schools — a net increase of 30% more than the previous year. - S tudio host Keith Langford, coordinator of the District’s Family and Community Engagement Center, was joined by student hosts Sara Dina, Carson Fowler and Dalton Mosley, who introduced each segment of the program and highlighted key auction items. - E mcee Michael Tate, Class of 1985, kept our spirits and donations high, by reminding us that “The Show Must Go On!” - T hanks to the combined efforts of our volunteers, and our generous supporters, the funds raised that evening included $62,300 in direct donations to the Educational Equity Fund.

- A nita Hollander, Class of 1974, and her sister, the Rev. Rachel Hollander, Class of 1981, joined forces with Shaker alum and theatre parent Gina Joyce Hobbs, Class of 1981, to talk about their experiences in the arts, both at Shaker and beyond. The event was moderated by Shaker Theatre Department Chair Scott Sumerak and featured entertainment and stories, as well as an opportunity for attendees to connect and reminisce. - D anny Warshay, Class of 1983, presented an interactive, online workshop: You Are an Entrepreneur (You Just Don’t Know It Yet!). This well-attended and thought-provoking event allowed Danny to share his insights and expertise as the executive director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. - S haker parent and nationally-recognized adolescent psychologist Lisa Damour, PhD, gave a timely presentation on managing stress, anxiety and parenting during Covid.


A Night for the Red & White MARCH 5, 2022 Save a spot on your dance card!

Share your own multi-generational Shaker family story with us at The Jones family has had 18 students enrolled in the Shaker Schools since 1967.

Raiders Represent: Alumni Gatherings In addition to these events, many Shaker alumni gathered online for virtual reunions rather than miss out on the fun of seeing one another during these challenging times. We’re grateful for the tenacity and spirit of our Shaker Raider alumni who didn’t allow Covid to keep them apart, as we look forward to the eventual return of in-person reunions.

Looking Ahead While Honoring Our Past Three major Shaker institutions are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. The District’s vaunted MAC Scholars minority achievement program and A Night for the Red & White both celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. The MAC Scholars celebrated in June with a reunion and conference that was attended by 91 MAC Scholar alumni, as well as current MAC Scholar students from grades 4-12. The conference featured speakers and interactive panel discussions on a wide range of timely topics related to equity and excellence in education.

All in the Family:

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In honor of the 30th anniversary of A Night for the Red & White, and the 40th year of the Shaker Schools Foundation, we’re shining a spotlight on families whose love for the Shaker Schools spans multiple generations.

We invite you to read their stories at and to share your own multi-generational Shaker family story with us at!

In November, the MAC Sister Scholars will celebrate their 25th year with a virtual reunion. All MAC Sisters alumnae are invited to attend!

A Night for the Red & White will celebrate its 30th birthday on Saturday, March 5, 2022 - and everyone is invited to the party! The 30th annual gala will take place at the newly renovated Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, now featuring Driftwood Catering. The event will feature dinner, dancing, student performances and an online silent auction, and will include a virtual opportunity for Shaker supporters. Follow the Shaker Schools Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay abreast of event details; tickets will go on sale in December on our website.

Cheers to 30 Years!

Grow The Legacy

The Legacy Society (List as of 8/31/2021)

Planning for the Next 40 Years. Grow the proud legacy of a Shaker Schools education! The work we do is pivotal — now and for generations to come. Our work is possible through the support of donors like you.

Your Planned Gift HOW TO SUPPORT:

You can provide for the future work of the Shaker Schools Foundation in the following ways: - B equest from a will or trust - L ife insurance policy or annuity - R etirement assets (IRA, 401K) or other planned giving vehicles - C urrent gift or pledge of $5,000 or more to the Foundation’s Legacy Fund or other named, special purpose fund - E stablish a named fund in honor or memory of a loved one with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more We can provide you with sample language for bequests or discuss ways to structure specific gifts to align with your philanthropic goals.

2 Named Funds

3 The Legacy Society





PHONE: (216) 295-4325 or EMAIL:

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Income from the Shaker Schools Foundation’s named funds helps support programs that enrich curricula, encourage and celebrate student achievement, provide professional development and enhance learning environments. Holly Coughlin, Executive Director

Donors who indicate that they have provided for the Foundation in their estate planning are welcomed as members of the Legacy Society. We are grateful for the vision of these donors and their belief in the value of a Shaker Schools’ education. Laura Orazi, Director of Development



Laura Orazi, Director of Development PHONE: (216) 295-4329 EMAIL:

Consult your attorney and your financial advisor and let them know you are considering a gift to the Shaker Schools Foundation. They can assist you in determining what type of gift best suits your personal and financial circumstances. 16

Thank You to our forward-thinking donors who have opted to leave a legacy for the future Shaker generations.

Stuart Abrams Ruth S. Affelder Reading Fund Eileen Anderson Herbert Ascherman, Jr. Christine Auginas Joan Ball Deborah Beim Cathy Belk George & Margaret Cannon Bill & Jennifer Clawson Deborah Cowan Mr. & Mrs. Rand M. Curtiss Sarajane & Sam Dolinsky Susan Fainstein Dr. Mark Freeman Estate of M. L. Freidman Ann and Scott Garson Steven and Gail Goldfarb Grant Kohn Goodman Fiona & Matthew Green Linda & John Hallbauer Ayesha Bell Hardaway Betty and Karl Hess Estate of Dorothy Humel Hovorka Rick and Annie Hubbard Estate of Helen L. Ittner Robin D. Johnson Kathryn & J. Stephen Jones Nancy & Bernard Karr Amy Kerr Thome & Stephen Thome Matthew & Julie Lehman Dr. & Mrs. Gilbert Lowenthal Neil & Susan Luria Abe & Barb Miller John S. Murphy Nancy Silber Pickus Dorothea & Michael Polster Judge Dan A. Polster & Ms. Deborah A. Coleman

Jonathan and Nancy Polster Lisa & Sean Richardson Sauerland Foundation Paul Sauerland Shaker Heights High School Class of 1967 Philip & Shuara Shands Foundation Sue Starrett Craig Stout Deedra & Carter Strang Brian S. Sullivan Annette Tucker Sutherland & J. Mark Sutherland Stasia Vavruska Holly & Douglas Wang Robin Weaver Fred Widen Thomas Wise Cathy & Brian Zbanek

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” -Chinese proverb

Advancing Shaker is Everyone’s Mission!

Our Partners In Equity (2021) We are grateful for the following corporations and foundations that demonstrate a true commitment to advancing education and equity within our Shaker schools community. AmazonSmile Foundation Arminius Foundation Brindza McIntyre & Seed LLP C.P. Braman & Co., Inc. Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP The Cleveland Foundation CopyKing The Harry K. Fox & Emma R Fox Charitable Foundation Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Gilbane Building Company Huntington National Bank Independence Business Supply The Jewish Federation of Cleveland The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago KeyBanc Capital Markets Legacy Capital Partners Love Insurance The Lubrizol Foundation Luster Medical Mutual of Ohio Samuel H. & Maria Miller Foundation NPi Audio Visual Solutions Old Brooklyn Cheese Parker Hannifin Foundation The Esther and Hyman Rapport Philanthropic Trust Sauerland Foundation 18

Ellen Seguin Design M & J Shafran Foundation Tucker Ellis LLP Ulmer & Berne LLP Van Auken Akins Architects LLC Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum Walter Haverfield LLP

As a supporter of the Shaker Schools Foundation, we know you’re invested in the wellbeing of our schools and our community. Your gift to our Advancing Shaker Annual Appeal allows us to do even more—and to advance our students further—together.

Advancing Shaker. This fund provides the most flexibility to meet the current needs of our students. Or, you may choose to direct your gift to another fund that aligns with your particular areas of interest as outlined below.

With our donor-centered approach to giving, we make it easy for you to direct your support to the areas you’re most passionate about. We welcome your gift to our 2021-22 annual appeal,

Thank you for supporting our students!

How To Donate Online: Visit, select “donate” and choose the fund where you would like to direct your gift. By Mail: Mail your contribution to Shaker Schools Foundation, 15600 Parkland Drive, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. In Honor or Memory: In addition to choosing a fund, you may also designate your gift in honor or in memory of a special teacher, student, classmate, or loved one. We will inform them of the honor, but not the amount, of your gift.

Want to help wherever and whenever it’s needed most?

Eager to support equity initiatives in the Shaker Schools?

An unrestricted gift to the Advancing Shaker Annual Appeal supports our areas of greatest priority and need.

We invite you to designate your gift to the Educational Equity Fund.



The Shaker Schools Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 34-1451470

“We are never going to reach equality in America until we achieve equalityin education.” - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Are you a champion of STEM, robotics, and other hands-on learning opportunities? A gift to the Innovation Fund helps us provide state-of-the art equipment and resources for our new machining and advanced manufacturing classrooms, makerspaces, design labs and more. INNOVATION FUND

Are you passionate about providing our students access to enrichment activities and youth sports outside of school? Consider a donation to our Opportunity Scholarships: Level the Playing Field and Beyond the Desk Funds managed by the Foundation. OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Do you want to broaden our students’ horizons with opportunities for travel and cultural exchange? You may wish to contribute to the Travel Assistance Fund.


Thank You! As we celebrate the Foundation’s 40th year, we are beyond grateful for the enduring support of our community! Donor Appreciation Report | 19