Maureen Highland, government director of Petaluma’s educational foundation, wins a North Bay Company Journal Nonprofit Management Award

Qualified track record: Marketing and advertising

Education and learning: University of San Francisco / Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts

Selection of team: 3 at PEF, 9 at Alphabet Soup Benefit Thrift Merchants

Explain your organization: In 1982, a group of lecturers, organization leaders and neighborhood activists in Petaluma convened to build funding methods for location educational institutions in reaction to major funds deficits through the California college method.

The outcome was the creation of the Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF), a privately funded, nonprofit group whose most important goal is to raise funds in the community to advantage education. Because the foundation was launched, PEF has awarded $7,580,695 in fiscal aid to schools and college students by means of our systems.

PEF receives no community funding. The basis raises resources from persons, businesses and foundations. In addition, PEF manages Alphabet Soup Thrift Shops with two places in downtown Petaluma. All proceeds from Alphabet Soup profit the mission of PEF.

Given that 1983, PEF has granted additional than $3,766,185 to academics and administrators to fund jobs not coated in the university spending budget. The intent of our grant software is to reward ground breaking academic applications and foster excellence in schooling for all Petaluma place learners.

In addition to our grant program, PEF is honored to control 74 scholarship resources for donors who supply the foundation with very clear conditions for selecting recipients. In 2020, we awarded $238,075 to seniors graduating from all 7 Petaluma higher faculties, bringing the total to $3,814,510 awarded given that 1990. PEF manages around $5,052,594 (as of December 2019) in invested and endowed cash with apparent instructions as to how the resources will reward the universities in Petaluma.

We also take care of part cash for school-connected businesses and clubs. With funding for our universities uncertain, the purpose PEF performs is more important than ever. Alternatives exist for all amounts of assist.

Tell us a little little bit about yourself: I have worked to be instrumental in expanding the impression of PEF’s position in building partnerships with men and women, neighborhood businesses and stewarding progress prospects for the foundation’s endowments, scholarships and grant programs.

I regularly intention to reveal professionalism and a cooperative attitude securing PEF’s longevity as a entrance-runner of educational advocacy in the community and a strong companion for area companies wishing to enhance the constructive effects on all 12,000 college students yearly enrolled in our 38 community faculties.

I was born in San Francisco and lifted in Marin County. I moved to Petaluma with my spouse, Steve, in 1993, and we have three adult small children (25), (22) and (19), furthermore a son-in-regulation and two youthful grandchildren.

My encounter volunteering for many businesses, collaborating as an active board member for nonprofits, and expert business enterprise practical experience all ready me for my recent part at PEF.

Graduating in 1991 from University of San Francisco, I put in my job prior to joining PEF in 2011 strategically applying and exceeding advertising and small business ambitions for consumers as a internet marketing guide and before in administration roles at outstanding Bay Space organizations such as PIER 39 Ltd., CBRE/Classic Oaks at Novato and Basin Road Properties.

What is your role in the group?

Executive Director

How has your group been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We all have experienced our day-to-day life impacted by COVID-19. Here in Sonoma County, the consequences of the pandemic are including to an previously having difficulties area nevertheless recovering from the devasting fires and other pure disasters.

As with any prevalence of this magnitude, it impacts folks, segments of the community, and qualified industries in diverse approaches. We are chartering new territory as an academic group.

For the lecturers the problem around connecting with their college students and engaging them to supply powerful discovering content material and techniques needs an entirely new established of resources in the length understanding format.

For the students, all are observing the earth all over them change at an unparalleled velocity. Where by they beforehand uncovered security (dwelling, faculty, family members and mates) they now are isolated and the uncertainty of when this will finish is amplified as they appear to those people they count on to be the “calm in the storm” can no for a longer time protect little ones from their issues bordering security and health, monetary losses, unemployment, alongside with protected housing.

Some segments of our neighborhood are encountering the impacts of COVID on a far more urgent level. PEF supports all 12,000 TK-12th quality students attending our 38 Petaluma location schools. Quite a few college students we provide in the Petaluma location are faced with obstructions far past what we can imagine as a outcome of all these compounding worries.