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

Upcoming Events
Board Meetings 2015-16: September 14, October 19, December 14, February 11, April 8, June 10

The 18th Annual Albany Fund for Education (AFE) Gala will be held on Thursday, November 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Italian American Community Center.  Each year we honor an organization and an individual who have contributed to our students’ success.  This year Mark Bobb-Semple will be honored for his ongoing efforts in the City of Albany.  His extensive, tireless involvement ensures that many students who might not otherwise, become involved in the arts and sports, graduate from high school, enroll in college, and become leaders in their communities.   AVillage...,Inc. is an organization founded to improve the quality of life for residents of the South End. We especially applaud their work making employment and education opportunities available to youth and their programs that connect youth to the broader needs of the community. 

Last year’s reception raised over $24,000 for AFE’s programs. Our goal this year is to exceed that amount.  Funds raised will support AFE’s mentoring initiatives as well as AFE’s ongoing programs, including innovative grants, environmental education, literacy, arts and more.

We invite you to become a Sustaining Sponsor, an Honorary Committee Member or to participate in the Silent Auction for the Gala.  On behalf of AFE, thank you in advance for your support to enhance the educational experience of our students.  Visit the Gala page to become a sponsor or to buy tickets.

Albany Grows Green 
Albany Grows Green (AGG) is an exciting community-based partnership whose mission is to support green projects in the Albany Public Schools and foster commitment to a greener community by all of Albany’s citizens. Members of the City School District of Albany, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany Fund for Education, College of Saint Rose, State Employees Federal Credit Union, a few Albany Neighborhood Associations, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, have been meeting since 2009 to:
  • Introduce Project Learning Tree® (PLT) to elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Albany School District and explain how the program fits into their existing curriculum
  • Train school teachers in specifics about PLT through three to six hour workshops
  • Provide ideas and activities for year-round action-oriented lessons, including an annual tree planting
  • Highlight PLT activities that correlate to the Common Core State Standards 
Through August 2015, the program has held 12 Project Learning Tree Workshops and trained 85 teachers from the City School District of Albany, 74 students from the College of Saint Rose, and one Albany High School student. Teachers were so enthusiastic about PLT that individual schools have hosted Arbor Day tree planting events with PLT activities.
In addition to tree planting events, the group recently expanded to include school gardens. Working with Bill Stoneman and the Vegetable Project at Myers Middle School, AGG held its first PLT/School Garden workshop and is exploring partnerships with local community garden organizations including the Capital District Community Garden.

AFE's 2015 Mentoring Event

The 2015 focus was on the ability of coaches to mentor their players.

UAlbany Woman's Basketball Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
and City of Albany Department of Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones
presented keynote addresses.

2015 UAlbany President's Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement

President Robert Jones and Provost James Stellar hosted this year's Public Engagement Awards Ceremony on April 28th, honoring UAlbany-community partnerships enhancing public well-being in the Capital Region and beyond. The AFE sponsored project County of Kings with Alicia Abdul and Ward Dales through the Performing Arts Center, NYS Writer's Institute and the University Art Museum was acknowledged.

Share Your Love of Music! Recycle a Musical Instrument You No Longer Need!

In 2014 nineteen instruments were given to the City School District of Albany Music Department through the Albany Fund for Education. All donated instruments are refurbished and restored to playing condition before being given to a child.  New and used instruments (with the exception of pianos and organs) are 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. You may also email AlbanyAFE [at] gmail.com and we will pick up your instrument. The Albany Fund for Education is a registered 501-c3 nonprofit organization and your donation may qualify for a tax deduction.

A program flyer is available as is a donation form in Word or PDF 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.

AFE commits to addition support for students taking college-level courses. Click here for details. 

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!

Mayor Sheehan presents Bill Corbett the AFE Individual Award.

Dr. Vanden Wyngaard presents Mary Partridge Brown and Roberta Sandler of the Grassroot Givers
the Organization Award.

Amy Biancolli, Times Union Arts writer and most recently author of 
Figuring Sh!t Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival, served as MC.

The Albanettes with Hoffman Brendan entertained.

Once again the Abrookin culinary program worked with Wolferts Roost.

Perhaps a new tradition?
AFE Heroes join Ruth Pelham in a sing-a-long.

Thanks to everyone who became a Friend of AFE in our first Annual Appeal.

The Albany Fund for Education is now on Facebook

Like us at www.facebook.com/AlbanyFundForEducation.

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


Grants links A teacher coloring with her students