Giving Tuesday is on December 1!


You don’t have to wait ’til then to show your love for the Shaker Schools. Thanks to a generous donor, ALL GIFTS WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR up to $10K, from now through December 4!! It’s fast and easy to make your gift online at All gifts are tax-deductible, and monthly giving is now also an option. Thanks for keeping Shaker students close to your heart.

Donor Appreciation Report

Please take a moment to read about some of the success stories made possible by your support. Thank you for keeping our Mission in Motion!

Our Staff

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

Board of Trustees

Stasia Vavruska, President
Carter Strang, Vice President
Doug Wang, Treasurer
Cathy Zbanek, Secretary

Jennifer Lawry Adams
Eileen Anderson
Cathy Belk
Michael Bowen
Lisa Cremer
Pawan K. Divakarla
Mark Freeman (Life Trustee)
David Glasner

Christopher Hunter
Cliff Mendelsohn
Dorothea Polster
Lisa Nersesian Richardson
Philip Rowland-Seymour
Carter Strang
Annette Tucker Sutherland
Brittany Webb

Advisory Committee

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

Zach Paris
Terry Pollack
Deborah Ratner, Emeritus
Ronald Ratner
Susan Ratner
Robin Weaver

Our Mission

The Shaker Schools Foundation provides resources to enrich the educational experiences of students of the Shaker Heights City Schools. The Shaker Schools Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Our History

Established in 1981, the Shaker Schools Foundation was one of the first in the nation to raise funds for a public school system. Since then, we have raised more than $6.5 million to support the tradition of excellence that sets the Shaker schools apart.

Through the robust support of individual donors, community partners, and grants from local and national foundations, we are able to make a difference in the lives of all Shaker students at every grade level throughout the District.