Frequently Asked Questions


How does the Athens Public Education Foundation benefit our schools?

The foundation supports student programs, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding. It also promotes and recognizes academic excellence by students and innovative instruction by teachers and staff.


Wait. I already pay taxes. Why should I donate to the APEF?

Our tax dollars support mandated education. When you give to the APEF, your money makes it possible for us to offer Athens ISD students the highest quality educational opportunities and experiences. The APEF seeks to offer students more than the minimum level of education required by the state and district.


How does the APEF benefit the community?

Businesses are attracted to communities with effective, strongly supported public schools. The foundation is a very public expression of community support and builds bridges between schools and the community, and between current leaders and the leaders of tomorrow.


Who is in charge of the APEF?

The foundation is governed by an independent, volunteer board of directors comprised of business and community leaders, parents and alumni. Directors are elected to three-year terms and may be re-elected.


Does the Athens ISD administration control the APEF?

No. The APEF operates independently of Athens ISD, though we do share a vision of educational excellence and student achievement. The corporation is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation shall receive and disburse funds, property and gifts of any kind exclusively for the benefit of Athens Independent School District.


How does the APEF distribute funds?

The foundation uses a grant application process [link to page on how to apply for grants] with established criteria for evaluating grant requests. In 2010, the first year the APEF accepted grant applications, the foundation awarded $33,500 to all school levels.