Building stronger schools doesn’t just happen. It requires the efforts of many – each bringing their own unique talents, insights, strengths, abilities and willingness to make a difference. Through our grant awards, we strive to help people do the most good in our community.

Each year, we will invite school staff to apply for funding through our grant process. The Albany Area Education Foundation’s funding priorities are as follows:

  • Create unforgettable learning experiences for students. Offer students rich, challenging, and engaging learning experiences that encourage them to be lifelong learners.
  • Provide our students with world class educational technology.  Teach students how to incorporate technology in their learning, providing opportunities for student collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.
  • Partner with community members to provide real-life, hands-on learning opportunities that teach vocational and life skills. Provide meaningful opportunities for students to prepare them to be contributing members of society (for example, Work-Based Learning internships, job shadowing, community experts).

Latest News

Our second round of grant-making is underway. Because of tremendous support from community members, the foundation is able to award grants up to $1000 for a total of $5000 to create unforgettable learning experiences for our students. Grant application deadline is January 31. Grants will be awarded in February.

Purple Pride by Lakeside

The second annual Purple Pride by Lakeside fundraising event, held at Fisher’s Club in Avon, was a resounding success with over 170 guests in attendance. Ticket sales to the event and the auctioning of 50 items donated by community businesses and residents raised over $16,000 for the foundation. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported this event, and to Better Man Duo for providing the live entertainment.

This is an annual community event to raise funds, but ultimately to have a good time with good food, live entertainment, and great people.

Thanks to this event’s sponsors: Lange Trenching, JT Electric Service, Central Minnesota Credit Union, and Kotzer Excavating, Inc.

Pork Chop Feed

Football and tailgating. It goes hand-in-hand. Underneath the Friday night lights, the foundation fired up a huge grill. With the finest seasonings and pork chops galore, foundation members grilled a sold pork chops to the entire football stadium at Micheal Field. One more small way this community supports our students and their education.

Who’s Your Caddy

This past summer the proceeds from the “Who’s Your Caddy” gold tournament, organized by Avon residents Chad and Jill Bettin, were donated to the foundation. The Bettins planned this golf tournament as a fun outing for friends and community members — a chance for parents, who often spend their Saturdays watching their children participating in sport, academic, and art events, to spend a day devoted to fun and golf. This event has grown over the few years the Bettins have hosted it and has turned into a fundraising event.

The foundation is grateful to the Bettins, for the financial support as well as for the exciting day looked forward to by many. This year’s “Who’s Your Caddy” golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at the Albany Gold Course.

Grant Making – 2018

The reason for our being: grant making. The foundation awarded its first round of grants less than a year after its inception. From ozobots to octoball, students in the Albany Area Schools were able to take part in unforgettable, engaging learning experiences. One grant made possible a buddy reading program between elementary students and education students at St. Ben’s and St. John’s University; another grant funded Makerspace supplies, which creates hands-on creative ways for students to design, experiment, and invent as they engage in science, engineering, and tinkering.

Mission Statement:
The Albany Area Education Foundation (AAEF) is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to supporting the continued excellence of Albany Area Schools. Partnering with the school district and the community, the AAEF secures private, supplemental funding to support district programs, spur innovation, and expand opportunities for students and staff in the areas of academics, activities, arts, and athletics.