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Our Mission


The Marian Greenblatt Education Fund commemorates the efforts of Dr. Marian Greenblatt to improve education in Montgomery County. She was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education from 1976 - 1984, and served as its President during 1978 - 1979. She worked to raise academic standards for students, eliminate frivolous courses, decrease class sizes, increase teacher budgets, and eliminate truancies.


The Fund was established on the passing of Dr. Greenblatt in 1988 and is managed by her family. Contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible, as the US Internal Revenue Service has designated it a 501c(3) organization.


The Marian Greenblatt Fund is supporting breast cancer treatment at Suburban and Invoa Hospitals, in Bethesda MD and Fairfax VA, respectively. Suburban’s affiliation with Johns Hopkins University permits the Fund to play a small role in advancing the world-class efforts of the premier Medical School in the United States. Inova has a strong and growing effort to screen and treat cancer patients in Northern Virginia. In the past, the Fund has supported breast cancer research at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC.

The Fund is not currently accepting nominations for Montgomery County Teachers of the Year.  Click HERE to be redirected to the MCPS Techer of the Year Application website. 

Breast Cancer Programs

The Marian Greenblatt Fund is currently supporting two programs that address breast cancer.  The Fund supports a Patient Navigator Program at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda MD, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The program assigns a skilled nurse to explain to new breast cancer patients the different treatment options and the resources available to patients, and then follows the patient through the treatment process, being a source of information, comfort, and support.  About 300 patients a year are helped by this program.  Read more about the Funds' work with Suburban Hospital in their 2023 impact report.


The Fund also supports a screening program at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, VA.  The program is led by Dr Rebecca Kaltman, director of the Saville Center for Screening and Prevention. At the first screening event, an Arts and Healing program held in conjunction with the Nueva Vida community organization, women enjoyed art projects, music, and a warm breakfast while receiving cancer screenings and other health and wellness screenings.  

On Monday May 13, 2024, the Inova Fairfax Hospital's Schar Cancer Center dedicated the Marian Greenblatt Fund Examination Room in the Inova Saville Cancer Screening and Prevention Center.  Dr. Rebecca Kaltman, Executive Director of the Inova Saville Cancer Screening and Prevention Center and a board-certified oncologist specializing in breast cancer, spoke at the dedication attended by Greenblatt family members.  Dr. Kaltman said: "We greatly appreciate the Marian Greenblatt Fund's generous gift that enables us to more easily examine patients both at the Saville Center in Northern Virginia and in the community. Research has shown that the earlier we can detect cancer in peoples' lives, the greater the chances of successfully treating cancers. The Greenblatt donation also is a first step in enabling us to initiate a new, fully-equipped mobile unit to extend our screening outreach to those who have work or have family obligations that make it difficult to come to the hospital."  Dr. Marshal Greenblatt, President of the Greenblatt Fund, added, "The Greenblatt Fund is happy to honor the memory of Marian in such a meaningful way--by increasing the number of people screened to prevent the scourge of cancer."

In 2022, the Fund provided support to breast cancer research led by Karen L. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Smith's research primarily focuses on patient-reported outcomes and reducing toxicities of cancer therapy.  She is interested in improving the lives of all patients facing breast cancer but has a special focus on those living with metastatic disease, those diagnosed at a young age, and those at risk for recurrence of hormone-receptor positive disease.  

Jones/Greenblatt Drone Scholarship

The Marian Greenblatt Fund helped establish the Jones/Greenblatt Drone Scholarship at Magruder High School in 2022. The first scholarships were awarded to Eli Schwartzman and Himanshu Gediya in a ceremony at the school’s Award Assembly on May 26, 2022. The scholarship was conceived by Mr. Wally Jones, an expert in Drone Technology at MITRE Corporation and son of the founders of the Jones Family/Plasma Fellows/Greenblatt World Language Scholarship, given for many years to students in MCPS. Magruder has a world-class aviation program, of which drone studies are a prominent part.  Click HERE to read Mr. Jones' speech at the 2024 awards ceremony.

Past Awardees

The Marian Greenblatt Education Fund has awarded outstanding teachers from 1989 through 2021, and supported breast cancer treatment since 2022. Please see all our former awardees here.

Latest News

Inova Fairfax Hospital's Schar Cancer Center dedicates exam room to the Marian Greenblatt Fund

Navigating Through a Cancer Diagnosis: Facilitating Informed Decision-Making (Suburban Hospital 2023 Impact Report)

MGEF President honored by Montgomery County Board of Education

MGEF President honored by Regional Manufacturing Institute

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