Endowment Matching Campaign


To celebrate Appleton Education Foundation’s 20 years of creatively enhancing education in our community, the Foundation is helping six AASD schools build permanent endowment funds.School Logos

What: An endowment building campaign to benefit current and future students of the selected schools. Gifts received before March 31, 2018 will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $6,000/school ($5,000/school must be raised to receive the match). To be selected, school leaders completed an application explaining how an endowment fund would be an asset to their school community and their plan to meet the fundraising goal.

Who is Matching Gifts: The AEF has partnered with the Doug and Carla Salmon Foundation and Brad Smith (West ’77) and Kathy Surace-Smith to match your gifts.

Why: To build a permanent source of support for educational enhancements at the selected AASD schools.

How: Supporters of the schools are encouraged to contribute to this matching campaign.

How were the six schools selected: All AASD schools (without existing endowment funds valued at $15,000+) were eligible to complete an application for this opportunity. A selection committee made of AEF board and staff members reviewed the applications and selected the schools based on each school leadership team’s plan to raise funds. None of the selection committee members were alumni of any AASD schools, current or past employees of AASD, or have children currently attending any AASD schools.

Selected Schools

Appleton East High SchoolAppleton Public MontessoriFerber Elementary SchoolHighlands Elementary SchoolHorizons Elementary SchoolWilson Middle School

Make a gift

  • Print your school’s gift/pledge form and mail a check or make a pledge.

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Appleton Public Montessori
Ferber Elementary School
Highlands Elementary School
Horizons Elementary School
Wilson Middle School


  • Give via credit card – monthly gift

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JustGive.org administers monthly gifts for the AEF. Select the appropriate school fund in the program drop-down menu.

  • Give via credit card – onetime gift

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The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region administers onetime gifts for the AEF. Select the appropriate school fund in the drop-down menu.