WOW! That's all we can say about last Friday's Gala. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise almost $55,000 to support the Albany Fund for Education's programs. That's a 26% increase from last year - and will mean great things to our students and schools in the year to come. A special thank you goes out to the sponsors, silent auction donors, and honorary committee members who went above and beyond to make this event a success! 


For those following along at home - the Feed and Read program was the overwhelming winner in our donation box challenge, with $419 raised. That's more than enough to fund an additional student backback for this year! 


Second - a mystery - someone left an iPhone at the Gala. We posted about this on our Facebook page, but haven't heard from them yet, and the phone is locked so we can't figure out to whom it belongs. We'd like to return it to its rightful owner as soon as possible... If this phone is yours, or you know whose it might be, please contact Mari at 518-417-2107 or albanyafe@gmail.com. If we haven't found the owner by 5pm Wednesday, the phone will be brought to Albany Police Central Station. 

On behalf of all of us at AFE, thank you for being a part of this special event - we hope to see you again next year! 

October Grants Make a Difference at Albany High and Abrookin

 AFE grants will help support the Albany High School Library's #ReadLikeAFalcon program and bring author Aisha Saeed to Albany High. #ReadLikeAFalcon incorporates popular library events such as Library After Dark and READ Day into a school-wide culture of recreational reading, putting books in the hands of students and helping reluctant readers discover the books that matter to them. 

Aisha Saeed has written several best-selling young adult novels, and is also a founder of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. Her books reflect the immigrant and multi-cultural experiences common to many students at Albany High and throughout our district, and her background as a Pakastani-American shows students that anyone can be an author.


A grant to the Abrookin Career and Technical Center will allow students to attend the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference. SkillsUSA is a national organization that provides training for students enrolled in career and technical education programs, engaging them in professional challenges, community service, and advocacy work. 

Photo: Abrookin Culinary Arts students and SkillsUSA Chapter Officers who will be attending the NYS Leadership Conference with AFE Executive Director Mari Shopsis at the Albany Public Library Literary Legends Gala, where they were serving the delicious appetizers and desserts they had prepared. 


New for the 2019-2020 school year! AFE and CDPHP are pleased to announce our joint Health and Wellness Grant Program.


AFE/CDPHP grants are intended to provide opportunities for students to learn healthy habits, incorporate wellness and stress reduction into the classroom experience, and increase physical activity. Learn more here!

Instrument Donation Program


The Albany Fund for Education collects musical instruments to put in the hands of Albany’s students. All donated instruments are refurbished and restored to playing condition before given to a child. Click the title to go to the program details.

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.

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