The Albany Public Schools Foundation was formed and incorporated in 1984 by a group of concerned citizens to help meet the educational needs of youth in the Albany Public School District. With an initial donation of $500, the Foundation was financially established and has flourished with the generous support of local community leaders and businesses. From that initial donation, the Foundation's assets have gown to a total of $2,130,060 as of fiscal year-end June 30, 2019. the Foundation manages over $907,000 in endowments that have been primarily established for scholarship purposes through bequests and other planned gifts.
Currently, the Albany Public Schools Foundation’s board of directors is made up of 23 members. These dedicated individuals include active and retired teachers and administrators, local business leaders and dedicated community members.
The Foundation’s impact is realized through classroom grants to teachers, enrichment grants to principals, a Big Impact Grant, Special Circumstance Grant, Student Assistance Program, Suicide Prevention Program, and Scholarships to graduating seniors. This past year, the Foundation gave our $40,150 in classroom grants; $64,000 in elementary enrichment grants; $86,700 in scholarships; $14,000 in Outdoor School supplies; $5600 for a suicide prevention program; $39,000 for career readiness software and $9721 in donor designated grants.