Shorewood Welcomes Advancement Officer
Ted Knight, the District’s Chief Advancement Officer, began working full-time in Shorewood on June 30. Knight joined District from the University of Maryland, where he served as Assistant Dean.
According to Shorewood School Board President Rob Reinhoffer, the idea of adding professional fund raising capacity to the District began a number of years ago.
“The Board came to the realization that maintaining the variety and quality of programming and learning experiences we provide was not realistic if we continued to rely solely on our regular sources of revenue from the state and local property tax payers. In fact, the Board set a goal of raising 1.5% of the District's annual budget through donations and grants,” Reinhoffer says.
While hiring a professional fundraiser for a public school district may seem odd, it’s not unheard of.
“The model is popular in California, as well as successful public charter schools,” Reinhoffer says. “Many people are familiar with development offices at private schools and colleges or universities, but, recently, public schools have begun adding similar positions in an effort to secure resources to support their missions.”
Knight’s role will be to take the District’s fundraising efforts to the next level through professional coordination and support.
“Ted has extensive background in development, communications, and corporate and governmental relations. We are happy to have him on our team,” Reinhoffer says.
Thursday July, 10, 2014 at 11:00PM
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