Austin Ed Fund, formerly known as the Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF), was created over two decades ago to support and enhance the work of the Austin Independent School District. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it is governed by an independent Board of Directors made up of business, community and education leaders.

Mission & Vision

Austin Ed Fund’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for generating and distributing external resources for the support of excellence in the Austin Independent School District. The Fund's vision is to support programs and initiatives that:

• Help students Excel in the classroom

Embrace innovative approaches

Expand learning capacity in the classroom

Encourage community support and maintains strategic alliance with AISD

Currently, Austin Ed Fund supports programs in its priority content areas of Whole Child, STEM, and Literacy. Through its Innovation Grants program, the Fund competitively awards up to $2,000 for individual AISD classrooms or up to $10,000 for AISD campus/department teams to implement their most creative ideas.  Click here to learn more about the Fall 2015 Innovation Grants recipients.  Austin Ed Fund has also adopted the district's Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative as its Signature Initiative, fundraising to support implementation of this nationally-recognized initiative district-wide.  

For more information or to make a contribution supporting AISD students and teachers, visit Austin Ed Fund's website at