Welcome to Albany Fund for Education

The Albany Fund for Education (AFE) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that raises funds for innovative programs in support of the Albany City School District. AFE funding gives students, teachers and community members opportunities to work together to enhance the educational experience for all students in the Albany School District. Started by concerned individuals in 1998, AFE fosters innovative community-school partnerships. AFE accepts contributions throughout the year and holds an annual gala each fall as its major fundraiser.

Get a copy of the AFE Brochure.

What's New

Thanks to all our supporters for making the 17th Annual AFE Gala Reception (Thursday, November 13 at Wolferts Roost Country Club honoring Bill Corbett, President of Sponsor-A-Scholar, and the Grassroot Givers) a success!

Upcoming Events

Board Meetings 2015: February 9, April 6 and June 10

First Annual Appeal

  Thanks to everyone who became a Friend of AFE.

Share Your Love of Music!
The Albany Fund for Education is collecting musical instruments to put in the hands of Albany’s students. All donated instruments will be refurbished and restored to playing condition before given to a child.Recycle a Musical Instrument You No Longer Need! New and used instruments (with the exception of pianos and organs) will be gratefully accepted. We especially need student-sized band and orchestra instruments. You can drop off your instrument during the school year at Hackett Middle School c/o Ed Newell, Band Instructor OR call 518- 207 5572 or email AlbanyAFE@aol.com and we will pick up your instrument. The Albany Fund for Education is a registered 501-c3 nonprofit organization and your donation will qualify for a tax deduction. Please provide your name and address so we can send a letter thanking you and acknowledging your donation for  tax purposes. (Please note: If you want to purchase an instrument for a student’s use or donate funds to refurbish one, please call 518-207 5572 to talk about how you can help. You can also make a donation specifically targeted to the music program on our website at www.TheAlbanyFundforEducation.org.)
This project is supported by a generous contribution from Aimee Allaud, a supporter of music in our schools, the Stewart’s Shops, John Keal Music, and the Albany Fund for Education.

Myers Vegetable Project

AFE grant recipient, the Vegetable Project, hit an important milestone on Friday, June 6. The school lunch program served its produce in the cafeteria. Students in the project’s Garden Club harvested quite a load of leafy greens and radishes on Thursday afternoon. The food services folks made a salad with it.  And the students at Myers Middle School ate it up! The proof is the photo below.

In partnership with the school lunch program, the Vegetable Project, https://www.facebook.com/vegetableproject, will touch so many more students than it does with its weekly Garden Club or occasional classroom activity. The initiative will create the kind of moment where kids are happy to give vegetables a try and maybe win a few over. The students who get their hands dirty in the school garden will feel good about their accomplishment – helping to create something really positive at their school.  And that just might help reinforce what they learn in the garden about taking care of soil and nurturing plants.

Thanks so much to Lisa Finkenbinder, the school lunch director for the district, for welcoming the offering immediately and enthusiastically, and to Whitsons Culinary Group, the district’s food services vendor, for seconding that response.


   Albany Produce Project
The Albany Produce Project is a new initiative by the Capital District Community Gardens, the Albany School District and AFE. When established it will benefit Albany’s students while at the same time helping their families, local businesses, and the community as a whole.  The project will provide students with more nutritious, local food while building their skills and knowledge and preparing them for college. Below, from the left, Ron Dunn (AFE), Brigid Dodson (Citizenship Academy Theme Coordinator), Charles Buchanan (AFE and Community Gardens), Amy Klein (Community Gardens), Mike Panetta (Citizenship Academy Principal) and Onnolee Smith(AFE) stand in one of the Troy Produce Project's greenhouses. Additional photos are on the Project Learning Tree page.

Anthony Clement Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to your generosity this year, The Anthony Clement Memorial Scholarship raised over $3000.00 towards two $1500.00 scholarships!!  They are currently reviewing applicants and expect to select the recipients sometime in the next few weeks.

Earth Day Celebration at Toast

AFE provided two trees. TOAST teacher Art Flynn uses a teachable moment.

The Mayor spoke.

City foresters helped with the planting.

The Albany Fund for Education is now on Facebook

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For information on the Mentoring Project or The Big Read click below.


Grants links A teacher coloring with her students