Amherst Schools Foundation


What is the ASEF?
The Amherst Schools Educational Foundation is a community trust for the receipt and distribution of charitable funds. A donation to the foundation is a perpetual investment in the future of our schools and our students.

The Amherst Schools Educational Foundation was established to enhance educational programs, provide scholarships, and support staff development activities. Grants are awarded to support programs and activities that will enhance and enrich the curriculum and classroom instruction. All grant awards are in line with the district goals and provide activities for projects that cannot be funded through the school district budget.

The Amherst Schools Educational Foundation has been built by large and small donations from friends, graduates, employees, families, organizations, and businesses for the benefit of the Amherst students today and future generations.

How is the trust funded?
The Amherst Schools Educational Foundation is held as a component fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County. Only the interest income is used for grant making and scholarships. The principal of the fund is never touched, therefore contributions received each year add to the fund that continues to grow.

The Amherst Schools Educational Foundation was established with a $500.00 donation from Dr. Roy Schaeffer in 1986. Today, the current value of the fund exceeds $1,747,126. Since that time, the foundation trustees have awarded more than $366,713 in teacher grants to enhance the curriculum, and $198,676 in student scholarships.

Your gift to the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation can be a simple and satisfying way to increase your itemized deductions. All gifts are invested through the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, and only the interest is used each year for grants. The ASEF is a Tax-exempt 501(c) (3) community fund. Contributions can be made to any of the following categories: general, academics, athletics, scholarships, fine and performing arts, and the Fred Powers Memorial Fund that provides for professional development. Your donation is "A gift that gives forever"!

How do I make a contribution?
To make a contribution the the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation, simply go to the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County's "Make A Gift Now" webpage and type "Amherst" in the Keyword section of the donation tool bar. Select the Amherst Schools Endowment Fund or the Amherst Schools Fine Arts Endowment Fund to make a donation. Complete the online information and submit your donation. It's that easy!