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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.


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This Is Us:

The APS Education Foundation is the 501c3 established in 1995 to receive and disburse grants for the support of education and educational projects for the Albuquerque Public Schools.

Thirty Board of Directors governs the Foundation, representing businesses, corporations, parents, and APS representatives.  

Over 27 years the Foundation has facilitated over $9.5 million in support of APS students and teachers through the launch of grant funding programs. Each year $500,000 is budgeted to be disbursed to support innovative classroom practices and educational opportunities.

In addition to the grant programs, the Foundation supports important district-wide initiatives in APS like social and emotional learning, professional development, special education programs, and encourages the community to give generously to APS teachers, students, and programs.  Because of these efforts with our community, our teachers feel supported, our students are inspired and our public schools are stronger.

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.

Funding Priorities:

 The Education Foundation invests in important initiatives that enhance APS’s ability to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging, and inspires all students to reach their full potential.

We help fund what a traditional school/department budget cannot. With support from employees, individuals, families, foundations, and businesses, the APS Education Foundation impacts students across the district through a variety of programs/projects such as: 

  • STEM
  • Literacy
  • Fine Arts
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Student Clubs & Activities
  • Schoolwide Academic Impact
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher  & District Support
  • Pressing Student Needs

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation (APSEF) along with the staff and board of directors are committed to representing, fostering, and embracing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to ensure the entire Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) community is valued and empowered in an equitable and inclusive manner to share their full identities, ideas and perspectives. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are core to our mission and generates a measurable impact on the APS community in which we serve. We encourage our grantees to share their commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs and projects. The APSEF is a unit department of the APS district and will undertake and support the DEI initiatives of the Equity Plan of APS.