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Advancing Shaker is Everyone’s Mission!

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.

It’s easy for you to direct your support to the student resources you are most passionate about. We welcome your gift to our 2021-22 annual appeal, “Advancing Shaker.” An unrestricted gift to the Advancing Shaker Annual Appeal supports our areas of greatest priority and need. Or, you may choose to direct your gift to another fund, such as the Innovation Fund or the Educational Equity Fund, that aligns with your particular areas of interest.

When you donate to the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Advancing Shaker Appeal you are supporting:

  • Technology and other resources for hands-on learning 
  • Teacher grants to support creative learning solutions
  • Entrepreneurship, mentoring and leadership experiences
  • Opportunity assistance for extracurriculars and sports
  • Visiting artists and authors, cultural field trips and more

Whether you give a one-time gift or establish a monthly gift, your support of the Advancing Shaker will advance equity, opportunity and excellence for our Shaker students.

As we celebrate the Foundation’s 40th year, we are beyond grateful for the support of our community!
Thank YOU!

Educational Equity Fund

Since launching the Educational Equity Fund at A Night for the Red & White last March, the Shaker Schools Foundation has worked closely with the District to support initiatives that impact every student in the Shaker schools, at every grade level: 


  • Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) Community –  Spaces for parents and elementary students (Grades K – 6)  to work together to make their community more anti-racist, with opportunities to learn about racism and how it looks within their local community. Families will work with one another to create and execute an anti-racist actionable project. 
  • Kids Cook at Home – Brandon Chrostowski of Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute led ten at-home cooking sessions with Lomond families to help them learn to prepare delicious healthy meals and develop some kitchen prep skills. The Foundation helped underwrite the cost of supplies so all interested families could participate. 
  • Windows and Mirrors K-4  literature program – Twelve Shaker Heights Middle School students worked with KSU’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, through their “Making Our Own Spaces” (MOOS) program, to design and build bookcases for Boulevard and Lomond that will house diversity, equity and inclusion books funded by the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Mirrors and Windows literacy grant.


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  • Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Summer Enrichment – A 6-week enrichment program for rising 5th grade MAC Scholars and MAC Sister Scholars. The focus will be on math, science, language, and literature. Leadership and physical activity will also be incorporated.
  • Girls Who Code and Girls in STEM – The Foundation supports two Middle School clubs offering opportunities for girls to explore STEM and coding and to see themselves in those fields.  
  • Woodbury’s 6th Grade Outdoor Education Camp –  A highlight of the Shaker School District that has been described as a right of passage in the “Shaker Experience.” The Foundation’s Aisha Fraser Fund provides financial assistance for students to attend the camp. 
  • Opportunity Scholarships – SSF has launched two funds to further equitable access to educational activities outside of the offerings of the school district. Beyond the Desk Enrichment Scholarships support students seeking to participate in classes, camps, visual or performing arts groups, and more. Level the Playing Field Youth Sports Scholarships remove barriers to promote greater diversity and inclusion in youth sports for Shaker students.


High School

  • Football leadership training – SSF supported an eight-week virtual leadership training program for high school football players and coaches to build connections, confidence, and life skills.
  • Collaborate with the High School to identify internships, shadowing, and partnership opportunities to give our students real-world experiences. 


Community and Alumni  Partnerships

  • The Shaker Schools Foundation created the Greater Cleveland Educational Equity Roundtable in partnership with the District’s DEI Division. DEI educational professionals, practitioners, and community stakeholders convene quarterly to discuss issues connected to educational equity in our community.
  • Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Alumni Conference – In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the MAC Scholars program, alumni Scholars are gathering with current Scholars to share their personal stories and experiences and participate in panel discussions on current topics.  
  • Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) Alumni mentoring program – Pairs current students with SGORR alumni to learn from their experiences and to expand their leadership skills.


The Shaker Schools Foundation invites philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support these important programs and initiatives. To contribute to the Educational Equity Fund, or for more information, contact Holly Coughlin, Executive Director of the Shaker Schools Foundation at coughlin_h@shaker.org or 216.295.4325.

Help Support the Shaker Sports Boosters!

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The Boosters support all Shaker athletes and all of our teams with the resources they need to excel. Your financial contribution allows Shaker Sports Boosters to enhance the programs and initiatives that support our student-athletes.

Read more to find out how your donation can make a difference to our student-athletes! For more information on the Sports Boosters visit shakersportsboosters.com.

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Woodbury Creating Change

Together, we create the change we wish to see.

Woodbury Creating Change (WCC) is an all-school/all-community art unit that promotes empathy, social justice and teaches our students that together, we can use our art to create positive change.  It involves students, staff, families, and our community.

We have multi-faceted, exciting, BIG PLANS for the upcoming year! Find out more here!

Donor Impact Report

This Donor Impact Report is our way of sharing our deep appreciation for your generosity and demonstrating the many ways we put your donations to work in service of our mission.

Special Initiatives

The Legacy Fund provides a permanent source of income to ensure Shaker’s tradition of excellence continues for future generations. Please call Executive Director Holly Coughlin at 216-295-4329 to discuss gift types, levels and designations.

The Travel Assistance Fund helps Shaker students expand their worldview and experience other cultures through international travel.

The Innovation Fund supports STEAM initiatives that provide hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Other Named Funds provide support for a variety of programs. The full list of funds can be found here.


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Ways to Give

The Shaker Schools Foundation welcomes gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations in any amount and in a variety of forms.

Learn more about the Foundation’s different Ways to Give.