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The APS Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Albuquerque Public Schools.

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The APS Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Albuquerque Public Schools (APS).


The APS Education Foundation partners with the community to invest in innovative and enhanced learning opportunities to help APS students reach their full potential.


The Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation was established in 1995 when a national group wanted to “gift” the district with funds for teacher professional development. The Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in order to accept and manage this donation.

Today, the APS Education Foundation solicits, receives and manages private donations which fund a wide variety of educational programs, activities and services within the Albuquerque Public School system. Since 2010, the Foundation developed a grant program and provided funding for in-classroom grants through a program called the Horizon Awards. The grant awards have increased to a variety of grant opportunities encompassing the categories of: fine arts, literacy, STEM, clubs/activities, before and after school programs, schoolwide student achievement projects, college and career, attendance and competition travel.

Currently, we have placed more than $2.5 million into classrooms, schools and departments throughout APS. 


Private support often makes the difference between excellence and mediocrity in public education.  Local taxes and state support provide the basic needs for our schools, but through the years this funding has not been able to keep pace in helping to provide for the best possible education for all students. 

We are committed to supporting the Superintendent's Big 5: Early Learning, College and Career Readiness, The Whole Child, Attendance, and Community and Parent Engagement.