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COSA Foundation to Receive Matching Donation for Superintendent Mentor Support Fund

Superintendents are leaders of PreK-12 school districts throughout Oregon. Their roles and responsibilities are vast and varied, ranging from managing multi-million-dollar budgets to ensuring the safety of the staff and students in their care.
Motivated by a passion to improve educational systems and achieve exceptional student outcomes, superintendents are crucial to the success of a school district. Every superintendent could benefit from the support of a coach or mentor, but in particular, those superintendents in the first few years of their career.

We need your help to ensure that mentorship is available to all who need it.

As a veteran superintendent, current member of the Oregon State Board of Education, and Retired member of COSA, I have decided to match donations to COSA’s Superintendent Support Program, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. I am asking you to join COSA and me in this endeavor, to support an in-depth Academy and mentorship experience for every first or second-year superintendent in Oregon. Participants will receive regular visits and consultation from their mentor, content support on timely issues, crisis management consultation and assistance with strategic visioning and planning.

I will match all gifts received, effectively doubling your philanthropy. I cannot do this alone.

We must do much more to mentor those individuals who start out in the wonderful—but extremely demanding—calling of superintendent. The first few years present the greatest challenges, but also the greatest opportunities to help. I am very happy that the COSA New Superintendent Academy supports Oregon superintendents in this way. Please join me in contributing to this important effort.

Thank you,


Jerome Colonna

2006-07 COSA President

2001 Oregon Superintendent of the Year

University of Oregon Alumnus

Oregon Superintendent 1994-2011



Help us to secure this generous matching donation with a contribution of your own today to the Jerome Colonna Mentor Support Fund.


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The COSA Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Your tax-deductible donation will go towards ensuring the mentorship and success of educators in Oregon.