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We’re proud of the work we do and the impact it has. We openly share news and reports about the Foundation not only to provide our community and partners with visibility to our work, but also in the hope that it will inspire others to build new and creative solutions to challenges our world faces.

Jennie Schaff Ready to Be Changemaker for Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

December 30, 2021

Rochester Business Journal Interview December 30, 2021   Incoming CEO, Jennie Schaff, Ph.D. was interviewed by the Rochester Business Journal about joining the Foundation and her vision for its future. 

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New CEO for the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

December 20, 2021

WROC-TV News Story December 20, 2021   The Farash Foundation’s new CEO Jennie Schaff was interviewed by WROC-TV’s Mark Gruba about her new role and vision for the Foundation.  

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In a City of Helpers, Who Will Be Changers?

December 12, 2021

Democrat & Chronicle Op-Ed December 12, 2021   Jennie Schaff, Ph.D., the Farash Foundation’s new CEO, shares her thoughts on more effectively addressing Rochester’s social challenges by inviting the people most effected to participate in developing solutions.

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Farash Foundation Receives AFPGV Outstanding Foundation Award

November 15, 2021

AFP Genesee Valley Chapter News Release September 27, 2021   The Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation has been named outstanding foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Genesee Valley Chapter as part of its National Philanthropy Day Awards. Each November, AFP…

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Farash Foundation Appoints New CEO

October 27, 2021

Farash Foundation News Release October 27, 2021 Jennie Schaff, Ph.D. Jennie Schaff, Ph.D. will join the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation on January 1, 2022 as the organization’s chief executive officer. Schaff has served as the president and CEO of Jewish…

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Rochester Prep’s Shanai Lee Receives School Reform Fellowship

September 27, 2021

Democrat & Chronicle September 27, 2021   Shanai Lee, an administrator for the parent company of Rochester Prep Charter School, will receive the two-year Rochester Education Fellowship, the project organizers announced Thursday.

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Fellowship Awarded to Build Community-Centered Change for Public School Systems

September 23, 2021

Rochester Business Journal September 23, 2021   After a rigorous community-focused search, the Rochester Education Fellowship, led by a coalition of local child and family advocates, has named Shanai Lee as the recipient of its two-year fellowship.

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Rochester Education Fellowship Announces Rochester Native Dr. Shanai Lee as Two-Year Fellow

September 23, 2021

Rochester Education Fellowship News Release September 23, 2021   The Rochester Education Fellowship, led by a coalition of local child and family advocates, announced Shanai Lee MBA, EdD as the recipient of its two-year fellowship to co-create and build a new community-centered…

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A Top 10 List of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Rochester History

May 18, 2021

The Rochester Beacon May 18, 2021   The authors examine “Rochester’s history to gauge the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in growing our region,” including our founder, Max Farash.

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Farash Foundation Director to Retire

April 29, 2021

Rochester Business Journal April 28, 2021   The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation executive director plans to retire from her position at the end of 2021. Holli Budd has served the foundation for more than 14 years, first as a trustee…

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