The purpose of the Abby Kelley Foster Educational Foundation, Inc. is to enhance the general welfare of the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School by supporting the goals, purposes and programs of the school and, to those ends, secure and raise money for, and dedicate and apply the same to, the support of any or all of the school’s educational and ancillary programs and activities

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Why Support Our School

We often are asked why charitable support is needed when charter schools such as Abby Kelley Foster already receive public funding.  While public funds support our annual operating budget, as with most schools there remains ongoing budget challenges.

While traditional public schools can anticipate reimbursement, sometimes of up to 80% of the cost of a new or renovated building through the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), charter schools are not permitted to access the MSBA for reimbursement.  When a charter school faces a need to improve or expand its facilities, the school must seek outside resources to fund that project.

In addition to the cost of new facilities, charitable gifts are used to enhance the work of our dedicated faculty.  For example, a great idea may come around for a special field trip to a local museum, but it was not included in our annual budget.  Donors can provide the extra funding needed to make such extra programs happen.

The support of generous donors helps our students in so many ways.  You are invited to join with us in our educational mission.

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How to Give

We appreciate you!  

Whether you are an AKF alumni, parent, volunteer, or community friend, your generous support allows us to enhance and improve our facilities and programs, and directly helps our 1400+ students to excel.

Making your gift to Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is easy through one of the following methods:

  • Online - Donate Now

  • By Mail - 
    Development Office
    Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School
    10 New Bond Street
    Worcester, MA 01606

  • By Phone - 508-854-8400 Ext. 2694

Please make your check payable to "Abby Kelley Foster Educational Foundation".

After we receive and process your gift, you will promptly receive a gift receipt.  Donations to the Abby Kelley Foster Educational Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  100% of all gifts to the AKF Educational Foundation go towards supporting our school.

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Types of Gifts

There are a variety of ways you can support our school and our students.  Here are some of the best ways to make your gift:


  • Cash Gifts - By donating by check, credit card, or with cash, your gift goes immediately to work supporting our students.  No gift is too small, or too large!  All gifts are appreciated and have a positive impact on our students.

  • Matching Gifts - Many employers offer a matching gift program that can double or even triple the impact of an employee's gift.  Check your benefits package or talk with your human resources department to see if your employer will match your giving.

  • Sponsorships - By providing a sponsorship gift, you help defray the cost of an event or program.  For example, becoming a sponsor of our annual Golf Tournament helps pay for the cost of greens fees, room rental, and catering.  This allows the registration fees paid by golfers to go 100% toward the educational foundation.
  • Bequests - By naming the Abby Kelley Foster Educational Foundation as a beneficiary in a will or other estate planning, a donor can have a lasting and meaningful impact on our school and our students.

  • Insurance or Pension Benefits - Naming the Abby Kelley Foster Educational Foundation as a beneficiary of an insurance plan or pension benefit, you can make a positive impact in moving our school forward.

  • Corporate Giving - Companies both large and small make charitable donations to various causes and programs.  Encourage your employer to become a supporter of our school.


There are many other ways to support our school!  Contact us at (508) 854-8400 Ext. 3625 to discuss other ways to financially support our school and it's mission.

Upcoming Foundation Events


Funding Application (403.52 KB)
Funding Guidelines (217.96 KB)

Recently Awarded Grants

The Foundation has recently awarded $12,900 to support the following initiatives: supporting high school music students to attend the April 2016 Washington, D.C. Performance Tour, purchasing training equipment for our growing athletic program, and sponsoring a speaker in the character education formation speaker series.



Event Calendar

Contact Information

Photograph of Mrs. Michelle Vigneux
Mrs. Michelle Vigneux
Development Director

AKF Educational Foundation, Inc.
Middle School Building
10 New Bond Street
Worcester, MA 01606

Board of Directors

Celia J. Blue, President
Heidi M. Paluk
AnnMarie Little,Clerk
Dianne Bonaventura
Brian Haas

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