News that brightens the community


The work we do makes an impact which is why we openly share news and reports about the Foundation. We want to provide our community and partners with visibility into our work as well as inspire others to build new and creative solutions to brighten our communities.

Strategic compassion: Infusing ‘Hineni’ into the heart of Jewish philanthropy

May 21, 2024

eJewish Philanthropy April 10, 2024 During a recent call with a dedicated member of our local Jewish community, he ended the conversation with a poignant request — one which admittedly strayed from our foundation’s Jewish giving strategy: “Basically what I am saying…

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Local Foundation Launches Grant Program to Support Out-Of-School Time Efforts

February 5, 2024

Rochester Business Journal February 5, 2024   Rochester Business Journal article about the first round of funding grants the Foundation’s first round of major grants for out-of-school time programs and it’s strategic shift from general funding of educational programs to a specific…

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A Rising Tide

October 31, 2023

585 Magazine October 31, 2023   Jennie Schaff, Farash Foundation CEO is profiled along with leaders from other local foundations.

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Foundation Response to the Attacks on Israel

October 12, 2023

Farash Foundation Statement October 12, 2023   In the spirit of our founders, Max and Marian Farash, the Farash Foundation’s board of trustees and staff share a profound concern for the welfare of the Jewish people. The recent attacks on Israel have…

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Farash Foundation announces a renewed focus for grant giving

April 21, 2023

Farash Foundation News Release April 21, 2023 We are thrilled to announce that we’ve reexamined our grantmaking strategies and are bringing renewed focus to how we support our communities. With the continually evolving needs of individuals, this was a critical step toward…

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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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