Hundreds of community members, including parents, grandparents, businesses, alumni and educators give of their financial resources to support the Foundation through annual gifts, tribute gifts, one-time contributions, payroll deduction and estate plans.
While we coordinate our efforts with the school district, we are an independent charitable organization. Only 25% of the voting members of the AEF board can be Appleton Area School District employees or members of its board of education.
More than 100 educators have received grants from the AEF and at least one grant has been awarded to every school in the district (not including charter schools). These grants have involved thousands of students, parents and community members.
Any educator employed by the Appleton Area School District or any community member in partnership with an educator is eligible to apply for a grant.
The AEF board votes on recommendations made by its grants committee. Area residents who promote education and represent varied constituencies make up this board.
The Foundation is recognized under state and federal law as a 501 (c) 3 charitable, tax-exempt organization. The Board of Directors carefully oversees donations and grants to be the best possible stewards of Foundation resources. The Foundation’s assets are audited as part of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region’s assets by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Appleton. These financial records are open to public review.
The initial Board was selected by an ad hoc steering committee from a long list of community leaders interested in public education. The Board members represent varied constituencies throughout the Appleton community. Three members serve as ex-officio members of the Board: the president of the Appleton Area School District Board of Education, the Appleton Area School District Superintendent of Schools and the president of the Appleton Education Association.
No. Such groups have valid but limited purposes within the public schools and solicit – from specific patrons and parents – support for limited and special projects. The Foundation seeks support from those interested in the broader application of public education, in order to benefit students across the Appleton Area School District.
The AEF is a supporting organization within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. This affiliation allows the AEF to benefit from professional investment management and significant tax and IRS reporting advantages due to the Community Foundation’s status as a public charity. At the same time, AEF retains its unique identity, distinct purpose and has its own Board of Directors to award grants and build assets.
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