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Online Silent Auction
Just a few of the items in our online silent auction!
This auction to benefit AFE and Albany's students features unique local and handmade holiday gifts for family and friends - or for yourself! Auction runs through December 6 - check out the auction catalog and register to bid now!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to hold this year's AFE Gala. The Gala is AFE's biggest fundraiser of the year, and provides approximately a third of our annual budget.
The pandemic may have put the Gala on hold, but it did not decrease the need for AFE's programs and services - in fact, the need is even greater now.
As we mourn the opportunity to toast and celebrate with friends and colleagues at the Gala, we also face the reality of continuing to fund our work without it. To make up for lost revenue from the Gala, we have sent out a special "back to school" appeal. Your support for this special appeal will ensure that AFE is able to continue helping Albany's students to learn, grow, and succeed. Together, we will make a difference.
Watch this space for details of the wonderful online silent auction we will be holding from November 22 - December 6. You can bid on unique locally made holiday gifts for friends and family, and help AFE at the same time.
Donate a Computer to Help
Students in Need!
Although the Albany School District ordered enough Chromebooks for each student, they are on backorder and have not arrived. Budget cuts have forced Albany to place all learning online for grades 7-12, yet many households have only one device for multiple kids. We must act as soon as possible to make sure children can keep learning. To get students online and learning, the Albany Fund for Education and the Palace Theatre are working together to collect and distribute donated computers.
If you or your business have gently used computers you can donate, we will distribute them to students who need them. To ensure that students receive devices in good condition for learning, please complete this screening form. If your machine is a good fit for an Albany student, we will contact you about drop-off procedures. We will wipe all hard drives to ensure that devices are clean before distributing them. You can also make a cash donation to allow us to purchase refurbished laptops at discounted non-profit prices.
Do you have a student in Albany Public Schools who needs a computer for virtual learning? We are currently taking referrals for donated computers, and will contact you when we have one available. To get on the list, please fill out this form.
AFE Helps Educators Adapt to Teaching
in the time of COVID and Budget Cuts
Because the Albany Fund for Education is not currently able to implement our traditional classroom grants - and because we know that our educators are going above and beyond for your students right now, even as your own lives are stressful and uncertain, the Albany Fund for Education Board has decided to continue the educator reimbursement grant program begun in the Spring of 2020.
City School District of Albany teachers and staff can request between $25-$100 in reimbursement for supplies/resources purchased to assist with online learning (e.g. Teachers Pay Teachers materials, technology to support virtual teaching) or to directly support students (books, school supplies, etc.). We have up to $2,500 in grant funds remaining. The application is available here.
Stay Up To Date with AFE!
Since its inception in 1998, the Albany Fund for Education (AFE) has brought forward new ideas, approaches and funding to support the children of the Albany City School District. AFE enhances opportunities for students
to learn, grow and succeed through building community partnerships, fundraising, and investing in innovative and effective programs that build equity and strengthen the educational infrastructure of Albany public schools.