Welcome to the Amherst Education Foundation.

Serving the Amherst-area public schools since 1994

The Amherst Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization committed to promoting students’ educational equity, supporting diversity, stimulating excellence, and mobilizing broad community support for the public schools of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham, and Shutesbury. Our supporters include businesses, parents, and other concerned citizens who share the belief that strong public schools are essential for a thriving community.


More information on the Trivia Bee including sponsorship info.

Announcing AEF’s 2015 Excellence Grants Program

Spring SprintAEF is thrilled to announce $29,500 in funding for three grants to support Amherst-area teachers, students, and public schools. The three projects funded for the 2015-2016 school year are: Amherst Preschool Playground at Crocker Farm Elementary School ($14,950). This project addresses the need for appropriate playground equipment tailored to preschool children, in a program that serves special education and regular education students from across the Amherst public schools. The funding will enable purchase of multi-purpose “Outlast Blocks,” wheelbarrows, and storage sheds to support imaginative play and physical exercise for our youngest students.
Read more.


AEF funded new science books in all 6 elementary school libraries
Here’s an example of your donations at work. AEF provided a grant to purchase lab equipment to demonstrate and measure photosynthesis in 9th grade
science classes.

Dear Friends of AEF,

Wow, what a day Valley Gives Day was! Thanks to you and thousands of other donors, 463 nonprofit organizations earned over $2.5 million for worthy causes throughout the Pioneer Valley. Together we raised $8,200 for AEF, plus we received a $1,000 golden ticket from the Community Foundation of Western Mass. (the Valley Gives organizers)!

The money we raised during Valley Gives will directly support innovation and excellence in our Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, and Shutesbury schools. We’ll put your donation to work in the form of the Excellence Grants we make this spring.

None of this would be possible without our community of supporters (that’s you!). On behalf of the AEF board of directors, thank you for your generosity on Valley Gives Day.

Thankfully Yours,

The AEF Board of Directors

PS - If you weren’t able to contribute on Valley Gives Day, but would still like to make an end-of-year donation, please visit our website. To see the Valley Gives tally boards click here.

AEF Trivia Bee 2014

Thanks to all the runners, walkers and spectators who came out for today's Spring Sprint! We had a great turnout and perfect weather. Thanks again to our sponsors and to the many businesses who donated gift certificates. And, of course, thanks to the amazing volunteers who made it all happen!

Let's give a big THANK YOU to the awesome sponsors of the AEF Spring Sprint!

1. Alden Credit Union
2. Amherst BID
3. Amherst Dental
4. Amherst Chamber of Commerce
5. Amherst Office Park
6. Kirsch Leuchs Consulting
7. Peoples Bank
8. Road ID
9. StakeHolders Capital
10. UMass-Amherst
11. Florence Savings Bank
12. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Spring Sprint
AEF is proud to announce our 2013 Excellence Grants, which were presented at our fantastic grants event at the Nacul Center on April 3rd. Congratulations to all the recipients for their terrific proposals! Our schools, our kids and our community will be better for your efforts!

SpotlightAEF's Winter Newsletter is now available. Check it out for news about our funding initiatives, outreach activities and excellence in our schools.

Past issues:
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Winter 2011
Fall 2011

Photos from the 2012 Trivia Bee

Help Support the Amherst Education Foundation!

The mission of the Amherst Educational Foundation (AEF) is to support Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.
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