AEF Q&AWho runs the Avondale Education Foundation?
A volunteer Board of Directors that represent the Avondale community are responsible for determining mission driven activities, setting program policy, raising and distributing funds, and program oversight and development.
How can I help?
You can help continue the work of the foundation when you: (1) Make a donation; (2) Volunteer to participate in committee, fundraising activities, or as a member of the Board of Directors; (3) Identify new opportunities for partnerships with local businesses and individuals; and (4) Spread the word to friends and family about the mission of the Avondale Education Foundation.
How can I be sure my money goes where I designate?
General donations and/or donations that are designated to a specific scholarship or activity fund are gratefully accepted. The Foundation will also accept designated contributions to initiate new, innovative programs provided the donation is in line with the mission and authorized by the Board of Directors. The Foundation operates under strict state guidelines using internal control procedures and securing an annual independent audit.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, the Avondale Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible.
In the early 1990s community leaders and the Avondale School District believed that there were businesses, organizations and citizens that would be inclined to help enrich the Avondale school experience if there was a way for them to do that.
Schools are not classified as "charities" under the IRS tax code, so it was impossible to make tax-deductible donations to schools. In addition, there was a fear that potential donors would feel that direct donations to the District might just be absorbed into the budget, rather than providing special benefits over and above the "normal" program.
With this in mind, an ad hoc community-based group, assisted by the District, evaluated potential options, and created the Avondale Education Foundation (AEF) in 1992 as a 501(c) 3 charity. From the beginning, the AEF has sought to create an environment in which students and staff can dream and have reasonable hope that their dreams can come true.
Since it's founding, the AEF has raised over $200,000 for scholarships, grants and special projects for Avondale students. But beyond the monetary donations, our kids have had their dreams advanced with scholarships, life-changing experiences and creative learning opportunities. Teachers have also advanced their dreams of creating new ways to trigger kids' imaginations and get them excited about learning.
Over 170 grants have been awarded, enabling dreamers to dream even during difficult economic times. Every grade and building in the school district has been touched, as well as future kindergarteners and students with special needs.
Life without dreams is dull. Life without dreamers monotonous. The Foundation won't let that happen.
Founding Member, Historian