$250,000 gift from entrepreneur Coleman Fung establishes new endowed chair

I am overjoyed to announce that Mustard Seed has received a gift of $250,000 from entrepreneur and philanthropist Coleman Fung. The gift will establish and fund the Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design. The endowed chair will provide an annual budget to further develop the school curriculum in areas that promote creativity, problem-solving, and innovation.

Coleman Fung has been a long-time supporter of Mustard Seed School. We are so grateful for his generosity and creativity.

Coleman Fung has been a long-time supporter of Mustard Seed School. We’re so grateful for his generosity and creativity.

This is the third endowed chair that Mr. Fung has given to the school. In 2007, he founded Mustard Seed’s endowed chair program with the Coleman Fung Chair for Mathematics and the Coleman Fung Chair for Music.

“When I evaluate programs to support, I have three criteria: vigorous, creative, and inclusive,” says Mr. Fung. “Mustard Seed School is all of these things. The more I learn about Mustard Seed’s model–the style of teaching, the program–the more I love it. As an entrepreneur, I consider Mustard Seed to be one of the best, if not the best, investment opportunities.”

I am deeply grateful for Coleman’s incredible generosity and steadfast support of Mustard Seed’s students and teachers. Over the past decade, we’ve seen incredible growth in our school because of the endowed chair program. Money from the chairs continues to provide resources, materials, and professional development opportunities for teachers. It gives us the flexibility to bring in experts and send students into the field for first-hand experiences.

The Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design has been given in conjunction with the school’s $3 million Together for Tomorrow Campaign, the public phase of which began in January.

Fourth and fifth grade students recently built a model of SR-71 Blackbird airplane during a STEAM unit on aeronautics. They had the chance to visit the Blackbird at the Intrepid Museum. The Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design will support programs like this one.

These fourth and fifth grade students recently built a model of SR-71 Blackbird airplane during a STEAM unit on aeronautics. They had the chance to visit the Blackbird at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design will support Mustard Seed programs like this one.


The Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design Press Release

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Thomas Postema

THOMAS S. POSTEMA, Head of School

Mr. Postema has been the head of MSS since July 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in education and has been a MSS parent, an Advisory Council member, and donor to the school.