The Foundation Hires an Executive Director

The Orono Foundation for Education is excited to announce the hiring of Kari Groth Swan as its Executive Director.

Swan comes with a combination of recent fundraising success at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  She also brings 20-plus years of financial and wealth management experience, working at Piper Jaffray and J.P. Morgan.

Joellen Gonder-Spacek, Board Chair of the Foundation states that, “We believe now is the right time to bring on someone with Kari’s expertise.  After 15 years of raising funds primarily through the Foundation’s Annual Fund, we are ready to seek out new avenues including Endowment, Planned Giving, and other targeted stewardship opportunities.” Gonder-Spacek continues, “After reviewing best practices at other school foundations in the metro area, it was clear that most of them have full-time Executive Directors.”

For the full press release click HERE.

Great Gathering Tickets on Sale Now

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.14.08 AMGreat Gatherings are a terrific way to support our schools while building connections with Orono Parents. Gatherings are events hosted by Orono supporters, and the money raised directly benefits Orono schools and students. To view the gatherings still available and purchase tickets click HERE.