The Marran Fund


This Endowed Fund is named in honor of Jim Marran, New Trier High School Social Studies faculty member and Department Chair from 1956-1993; and member of the New Trier Educational Foundation Board from 2005-2014. This fund will provide financial support for professional development opportunities for the District’s faculty and staff. It will offer continuous growth opportunities to ensure quality teaching in every classroom every day. The most effective professional development engages teachers to focus on the needs of their students so that every student achieves success.



Jim Marran joined the New Trier Educational Foundation Board in 2005 and for nine years served as a Board member, chairman of the grant committee, chairman of strategic planning, and Foundation Board chair. Following the completion of his Board term in 2014, he agreed to remain involved and serve as an Honorary Board member.

In describing his vision for the Endowment, Jim affirmed that the Foundation’s mission complements the purpose of the Endowment. He said “The Foundation is vital for enriching and enhancing the educational experience of the students and that will certainly be the role of the Endowment as well.” In addition, he noted that everyone touched by the New Trier experience, past and present, has something to contribute to preserving the school’s legacy of educational excellence, and the Endowment offers such an opportunity.

Jim and his wife Barbara enjoy a personal pride in knowing that four people close to their hearts are Trevians – daughter Julia ’78 and sons Jay ’75, David ’83 and Paul ’85 – and two grandsons who are members of the Class of 2017 and one a member of the Class of 2020.

The Foundation is pleased to recognize and thank Jim for his dedication, commitment and support of the Foundation by naming its first Endowed Fund in his honor.



The Foundation directs tribute gifts given in honor of current teachers & staff to this fund. New Trier Retirees (TARP) who offer a tribute gift in honor of or in memory of someone special will support this fund. Directed memorial contributions by retirees to the Foundation will also support this fund.


Checks may be made payable to New Trier Educational Foundation. Include on the Memo Line—The Marran Fund.

Download and complete this form, then mail with your check to:

The Marran Fund
c/o Marianne Breen, Executive Director
New Trier Educational Foundation
7 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093



Credit card donations are welcome using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or PayPal.


Gifts of Appreciated Stock A gift of appreciated securities is an easy and mutually beneficial giving opportunity for individuals who wish to make a charitable contribution to the New Trier Educational Foundation and minimize capital gains taxes on securities that have appreciated significantly in value. For gifts of securities, please click here for details.

The Assistant Superintendent for Student Services office that oversees the District’s professional development will allocate the funds and provide feedback to the Foundation on the opportunities availed during the year as a result of these funds. A percentage of the interest earned from the corpus will be distributed annually to the District. The corpus will not be used.