FOCUS AREAS 

The Asheville City Schools Foundation pursues the mission of success for all Asheville City Schools Students by focusing in the following areas. 

ADVOCACY

Public education is a vital part of our democracy and the only way to ensure a path out of poverty for many students. The Asheville City Schools Foundation raises awareness about issues surrounding public education in our community and our state. As a Local Education Fund (LEF), the Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks to collaborate and share information with other such local education funding organizations. 

STUDENT SUCCESS

Effective teaching is one of the key factors in student success. The Asheville City Schools Foundation promotes research-based best practices in education through grants to district teachers. With this funding, teachers can pursue professional development, pay for materials for innovative classroom projects, invite professional teaching artists into their classrooms, and pursue creative strategies for promoting student success. Learn more about our grant program here

Ensuring equal opportunities and access to education for all students is central to the mission of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. Raising financial support for scholarships, funding of after school enrichment, emergency assistance for families, and our teacher grants programs from a broad spectrum of supporters is essential to our success. Learn about giving opportunities through our Equity Fund and Advocacy

Learn more about our racial equity theory of change here.

PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Research shows that involved parents and community organizations can be the tipping point between a school system that thrives and one that struggles. Here in Asheville, we are fortunate to have a wealth of community resources to benefit our schools, from nonprofit organizations that provide after-school programming at our IRL (In Real Life) after-school program, community volunteers who mentor and tutor our students after school, and AmeriCorps VISTA members that organize community support in our schools. The Asheville City Schools Foundation helps these individuals and groups engage with our students in meaningful ways and bring their many resources to bear for our students.