Who We Are

Started nearly two decades ago by members of the community interested in supporting innovative educational initiatives in the Cranford Schools, the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence has awarded more than $300,000 in supplemental funding for educational grants that empower our teachers and impact our students. These grants support ideas that are aligned with the goals and focus areas of the district schools, but are outside the scope of the regular school budget.

The CFEE continues to grow, to connect with the schools, to reach out into the community, and to raise funds for worthy grant proposals.

The goals of the Cranford Fund are:

  • To foster academic excellence by creating an environment that nurtures a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences.
  • To serve as a catalyst for school change, which enhances learning opportunities for children.
  • To encourage and support innovative projects which enable our youth to continue to prosper in an increasingly complex world.

CFEE funding comes from contributions made by parents, community members, local businesses, corporations, foundations and community service organizations.

CFEE Board of Directors

The CFEE Board sets policies relating to grant making, spending, standards and fundraising. We oversee adherence to our 501c3 status and encourage other community members to engage in our process.

Officers

  • Tara Connors, President
  • Shannon Gallo, Vice President
  • Pete Billows, Treasurer
  • Inga Reibarkh, Secretary
  • Jennifer McComb, School Liaison
  • Nikki Mulcahy, Communications
  • Shannon Gallo, Grants Chair
  • Tara Connors, Fundraising Chair

Board Members

  • Susan Caruso-Green
  • Gary Pascal
  • Geoff Cleveland
  • Rob Lukenda
  • Lynn Carpenter
  • Stephanie Kwiatkowski
  • Brian Andrews

Board of Education Liaisons

  • Lisa Carbone
  • Kristen Mallon

Make a donation

Please consider becoming an official CFEE supporter by making a donation today.