The Staten Island Foundation has elected College of Staten Island President Dr. Tomás D. Morales to its Board of Directors at its 11th Annual Meeting. The Staten Island Foundation is an independent, private foundation serving the borough of Staten Island, NY, interested in outcomes in the areas of education, health and human services, and the arts. The Foundation funds projects as well as management assistance, and professional development (including leadership development) for the staff of not-for-profit organizations serving Staten Island.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Board of The Staten Island Foundation,” Morales said. “It is an honor to serve an organization that provides such crucial support for the Staten Island community.”

The current board also includes: Alice Diamond, John G. Hall, Denis P. Kelleher, John R. Morris, Lenore Puleo, Kathryn Krause Rooney, Jill O’Donnell Tormey, and Allan Weissglass.

For its next fiscal year beginning July 1, the Foundation Board has approved allocations of up to $750,000 for grants to local elementary schools for teacher development in literacy and up to $750,000 in emergency matching core support grants for human service, health, and arts organizations. The latter grants are two-to-one matching grants of up to $25,000.

In response to the economic downturn the Foundation has sponsored a series of workshops for nonprofits for contingency planning and will continue to provide professional development and technical assistance for the borough’s not-for-profit organizations.

Since its founding in 1997, The Staten Island Foundation has granted over $38 million to local organizations for the benefit of Staten Island residents.

CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales has been elected to The Staten Island Foundation Board of Directors.