Mission in Motion

The Shaker Schools Foundation’s mission is simple: To provide resources to enrich the educational experiences of students of the Shaker Heights City Schools.

YOU are what makes this possible. Your support of the Shaker Schools Foundation allows us to provide additional enhancements to benefit every student in every school building and at every grade level.

Last year, through the help of generous donations from individuals, corporations and grants from other foundations, SSF was able to provide extra resources for 160 different projects that supported academics, STEAM initiatives, fine and performing arts, athletics and opportunity assistance. 

Your support of this year’s Mission in Motion annual giving appeal will help SSF continue to bring extraordinary resources to our students – in this school year and beyond. Thank YOU!

Varsity Baseball Travels to Puerto Rico

Dear Raider Baseball Fans,


This season, the Varsity baseball team will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 2020 for its annual Spring Trip. We are excited for the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico to experience its rich culture and history, both on and off the baseball field. 

While an invaluable opportunity, the trip presents a sizable financial challenge for the baseball program and many of our Varsity baseball student-athletes, each of whom is responsible for the cost through a trip fee. Our goal is to work closely with each family to ensure that these types of travel and enrichment opportunities are available to all Varsity baseball student-athletes.

You can view important information about the trip and our goals here. Please consider joining parents, alumni, and friends of the baseball program in helping it continue providing its student-athletes with life-changing opportunities on and off the field.  

Thank you for your consideration!

Mike Babinec

Shaker Heights High School

Head Baseball Coach

P.S Please read full details of our trip here

New Fund: Shaker Legacy Writing Center Fund

Peter Routman Benmar, Class of 1987

A message from Amy Rosewater Halushka, Class of 1989:

Peter Routman Benmar (Class of 1987) and I became friends while working together at The Shakerite. Both of us were so fortunate to have a wonderful experience with the school newspaper as we both pursued journalism careers. Peter went on to write for The Cornell Daily Sun in college and later at The Times of Northwest Indiana and The Seattle Times. He spent many years working with Microsoft before becoming a senior content strategist for University of Washington Continuum College.

During the last two years of his life, Peter battled a rare and tenacious cancer, and sadly, he passed away on January 7, 2019, leaving behind his compassionate and supportive wife, Claudine, his daughters Katie and Brooke, his parents Regie and Frank Routman, and countless friends and colleagues.

Although Peter spent much of his later years in the Pacific Northwest, he was very proud of his Shaker connections and often spoke of his experience at Shaker Heights High School with fond memories. 

I am proud to announce the creation of Shaker Legacy Writing Center Fund in memory of Peter Routman Benmar. The Writing Center provides a motivating place for peer-to-peer mentoring with writing – allowing students to help other students with their writing skills – assistance for college essays and other writing expertise. Additional funding through the Shaker Legacy Writing Center Fund will help students attend writing workshops, bring in authors to the school and aid with any infrastructure needs.

The Shaker Legacy Writing Center Fund truly is a living legacy to Peter, and I hope it will provide a great legacy to many Shaker students for decades to come. Please support The Shaker Legacy Writing Center Fund by donating 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.

Annual Giving Guide

Check out our new Annual Giving Guide!  Please give generously to the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Annual Giving Appeal. Through philanthropic support from our community, SSF will continue to support the extraordinary work of Shaker Heights City Schools. Together, we can give every child access to a great education and a bright future!

Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund provides a permanent source of income to ensure Shaker’s tradition of excellence continues for future generations. You can create an endowed Legacy Fund gift at the Shaker Schools Foundation during your lifetime or you may choose to create it through a planned gift such as a bequest, trust, IRA charitable rollover or charitable gift annuity. Your gift may support a designated purpose or program or can provide ongoing operational support. Please call Executive Director Holly Coughlin at 216-295-4329 to discuss gift types, levels and designations.

Special Initiatives

With the support of the Fernway neighborhood and the larger Shaker Heights community, the Shaker Schools Foundation is coordinating the Fernway Forward Campaign to raise support for the Fernway outdoor space. 

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.

Ways to Give

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