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March 25, 2016

Fundraising Group for N.Y. Schools Installs New Director

The Fund for Public Schools, a nonprofit that recruits donor support for public education in New York City, named Sarah Troup Geisenheimer as its executive director Thursday, reports The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Geisenheimer has held the post in an interim capacity since her predecessor, Iris Chen, abruptly resigned in December amid a drop in contributions and heavy staff turnover.

The fund flourished under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, with donations peaking at $48 million in fiscal year 2013, but fundraising dropped to $21.8 million during Mayor Bill de Blasio's first full fiscal year in office and has slowed further this year. Ms. Geisenheimer, a former associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation, said she does not have a specific dollar goal. “We always want to develop partnerships in a way that is meaningful,” she said.