Celebrating 20 Years

20-years-leafWe invite you to join us in celebrating

Twenty years ago, a group of like-minded individuals who believed good education could happen with tax dollars, but great education needed a little bit extra, officially formed the Appleton Education Foundation (then known as the Appleton Area Education Foundation). From humble beginnings, the AEF has now granted more than $4.2 million. Please join us in celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future.

20th Anniversary Campaign

Our 20th Anniversary Campaign is led by the Campaign Cabinet. Cabinet members and AEF Board of Directors all have an important role in the success of this celebration.

20th Anniversary Campaign Cabinet: Laura Meronk, chair; Pam Gruner; Gary Jahnke; John Keller; Tom Mangold; Bob Molitor; Nancy Scheuerman


  1. Work with donors to establish 20 new endowed funds by December 31, 2017.
  2. Establish an Administrative Endowment to support future growth and stability of the Foundation.


As of June 5, 2017, 14 new endowed funds have been established. These range from designated funds for specific schools, to donor-advised, to student scholarships.

Overall, gifts to new and existing endowment funds total more than $400,000. This means more than $20,000 available for granting in perpetuity (based on current spending policy calculation).

The Administrative Endowment has been established with gifts from current and former Appleton Education Foundation board members. To date, more than $20,000 has been committed for this effort. Through gifts and other revenue sources, AEF plans for this fund to exceed $60,000 by the end of 2020.

Make your Commitment

Establish a fund – learn about the types of funds within the Appleton Education Foundation

Ready to make your commitment to education in honor of AEF’s 20th Anniversary? Complete the commitment form. Completed forms can be emailed or mailed to 122 E College Avenue, Suite 1B, Appleton, WI 54911.

Or, you can contribute online:

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JustGive.org administers monthly gifts for the AEF. Select your program of choice in the drop-down menu.


make a gift

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region administers one-time gifts for the AEF. Select the appropriate designation and/or type information in “other.”

Learn about the Matching Endowment Campaign for six AASD schools.