SARASOTA, FL – The Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has named Sheri Weiss as its director of resource development. Weiss brings years of donor cultivation, community outreach, and volunteer coordination experience to the post.
Her primary responsibilities include developing and managing a program to maximize the annual fund campaign, corporate and foundation grants, and capital gifts; developing an outreach and donor communications strategy; forging relationships with and stewarding major donors; developing, planning and executing community fundraising events; engaging alumni and parental support; assisting with Israel partnerships and outreach; and leading volunteers to assist in fundraising and donor cultivation efforts.
The school, which has just announced its new name and rolled out a new brand, has come off a very strong year in 2015-2016, with a significant increase in enrollment, re-accreditation by the Florida Kindergarten Council and the nationally-recognized Jewish Community Day School Network (RAVSAK), and a very successful first-ever annual fund effort. Weiss’s position is a new one for the school, made possible by its recent growth; her efforts will help to support the school as it works to serve its students and the community.
“We are so excited to welcome a professional of Sheri’s caliber to our Community Day team. Her service will enhance our ability to educate and inspire our students,” said head of school Dan Ceaser. “We have undergone a period of extraordinary change and growth over the past two years and have found tremendous support in the community for our mission. With the addition of a skilled development professional to our team, we will be better able to bring new friends and supporters to the table, and better engage those who have stood with us all along.”
Prior to this position, Weiss was a member of the development team of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS). Titles included director of volunteer services & community outreach, and director of donor relations. During her tenure at JFCS, she cultivated strong relationships with staff, volunteers, donors and community partners in order to further the agency’s mission.
Before joining JFCS in 2014, she spent 16 years providing assistance to families needing child support services in Manatee County. She began working as a case manager, was promoted to Court Team, and later became supervisor of the Interstate and Compliance Unit of the Child Support Enforcement Department. Her service in that capacity has provided a platform for her to make significant contributions to diverse populations, both locally and internationally.
“I am excited for this opportunity to join the Community Day leadership team in supporting our students to positively impact the world. Teaching our students Jewish values goes hand in hand with our mission of academic excellence, global citizenship and compassionate action,” Weiss said. “These children provide hope for our future by learning to recognize and appreciate the diverse gifts within themselves and others as they apply them to shape a better world for all of us.”
Weiss earned her BA in political science from the University of South Florida, with a focus on pre-law. She is engaged to Ryan Hoffman and has a daughter, Sydney. Weiss has volunteered extensively with Temple Beth El in Bradenton, serving as VP of education, and continues to serve on numerous committees and provide support to TBE as well as the entire Jewish community in both Manatee and Sarasota counties. She also works as a wedding planner and officiant for intimate ceremonies. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, live music, playing guitar, hiking, exercise, and spending time on the beach with family and friends.
About the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship and compassionate action. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.