About Us

Founded in 1988 by concerned parents and community leaders, the Asheville City Schools Foundation champions strong public schools in Asheville through advocacy, grantmaking, after-school programming and parent and community engagement. Since 2000, the Foundation has provided over $800,000 to projects that directly support the students and teachers in our schools and over $1 million to students through scholarships. 

We believe that public education is a vital part of a successful democracy and a key element in breaking the cycle of poverty. We are committed to supporting excellence and innovation in teaching and ensuring the success of every student. These outcomes are only achieved when parents and the community are engaged in schools, therefore we strive to involve community voices and apply community resources in our schools.



Our mission is to implement bold strategies, fund big ideas, and engage the community to increase excellence with equity for all children in our schools.



Our five year vision is:

Our schools have deep community support because all children are learnin more, experiencing greater success, and racial gaps have diminished. 

Our long term vision is: 

All children in Asheville City Schools discover their unique talents and dreams, fulfill their potential, and the district shines as a national model of excellence with equity. 


2015-2020 Strategic Plan

We apply these guiding principles to our work.