Harvard Club of Naples Schools & Education Fund 

   The Harvard Club of Naples

   Schools and Education Fund Committee Report

   2019 Annual Meeting

The Schools and Education Fund Committee was established by the Club’s Board of Directors in 2014 to provide oversight for the management of the Club’s Schools and Education Fund and to provide recommendations to the Board for the uses of these funds. At December 31, 2018, the Fund totaled $511,514. Growth of the Fund is primarily dependent on contributions from Club members, as well as investment returns. The Fund also has benefited from contributions resulting from concerts performed by the Harvard Glee Club in 2014 and the Din & Tonics, one of Harvard’s premier acapella singing groups, in 2018. The Fund is managed by Moran Edwards Asset Management and Northern Trust Securities, Inc.

The Committee is comprised of members of the Club’s Board of Directors and Presidents’ Council and has formed four sub-committees to carry out its responsibilities – Investment, Uses, Professional Education Fellowships, and Non-Profit Scholarship. See the attached brochure for more information about the Fund and a list of the current members of the Committee and its sub-committees.

Some of the highlights of the Fund’s activities since its inception:

  1. Contributed $45,000 toward the financial aid of undergraduates from Collier County.
  2. Supported the award of Harvard Prize Books to outstanding students in the junior class at local high schools.
  3. Funded receptions hosted by the Club’s Schools Committee for outstanding local high school students and their parents, as well as college guidance counselors and teachers, which features a panel of local undergraduates from the College and a representative from the Harvard College Admissions Office.
  4. Contributed over $40,000 toward the Fellowship and Internship program sponsored by the Club for undergraduates working with local non-profit organizations during the summer and semester breaks.
  5. Through the Non-Profit Leader Scholarship program, the Fund has provided scholarships totaling more than $46,000 for executives of local non-profit organizations to attend summer leadership programs at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School in Cambridge. The scholarship recipients for 2019 are Missy Saracino Lamont, Executive Director of Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs to children and adults with special needs; and Noemi Perez, Executive Director of The Immokalee Foundation, which continues to work tirelessly to strengthen the Immokalee community by providing educational and vocational programs.  Previous recipients were Jaclynn Faffer, President and CEO of JFCS of Southwest Florida, a non-sectarian social services agency; Leslie Lascheid, CEO of the Neighborhood Health Clinic, which provides free medical services to qualified residents of Collier County; Scott Burgess, CEO of the David Lawrence Center, which provides behavioral health services on an inpatient, outpatient and residential basis in Naples; Karysita Demarest, CEO of C’mon! Museum (the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples); Dr. Tim Ferguson, CEO of Grace Place for Children and Families, Inc., located in Golden Gate which provides educational services for individuals and families; Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County, which brings nonprofits and philanthropic individuals together for a common purpose – to serve and better our community; and Dawn Montecalvo, President of Guadalupe Center, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.
  6. Through the Professional Education Fellowship program, the Fund has provided fellowships of $5,000 each to twelve principals and administrators of Collier County schools to attend week-long programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge during the summer. Fellowship recipients have been Darren Burkett (East Naples), Yolanda Flores (Lorenzo Walker), Jon Bremseth (Palmetto Ridge), Clara
  7. (Immokalee), Ellen Keegan (Lely), Kristina Lee (Gulfview), Joseph Mikulski (Gulf Coast), Ryan Nemeth (Lely), James Ragusa (Everglades City), Jeff Rexford (Lorenzo Walker), Dr. Leslie Ricciardelli (Executive Director, Secondary Programs for Collier County) and Dr. Tobin Walcott (Golden Gate).


The Club’s Board believes that the prudent and effective management of the Schools and Education Fund and the development and support of effective uses of the Fund will promote the Club’s mission of advancing the mutual welfare of Harvard University and its alumni/ae consistent with the Club’s educational and charitable purposes, including the Club’s desire to support the University’s initiative of “Harvard Giving Back” to the local community. Moreover, through the support of these programs and initiatives, the Club believes it will be able to recruit more qualified applicants to the College while enhancing Harvard’s visibility and reputation within our community.

                                                                                                                                                               -William A. Humenuk, Chair