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Hope for the holidays: Alameda Education Foundation

Submitted by on 1, December 24, 2008 – 11:00 amNo Comment

As I’ve reported recently, the Alameda Education Foundation has fallen on hard times. Like many nonprofits, the foundation has seen a sharp drop in donations. And the group’s leaders are saying they don’t think they’ll see about $40,000 in parent payments for after-school enrichment classes that they were supposed to receive from their online payment provider, which is accused of withholding money owed to dozens of youth sports leagues and nonprofits.

In other words, the foundation needs your help. So I’m writing about them as part of my ongoing Hope for the Holidays feature.

The foundation has an Adopt-a-Classroom program that pays for classroom supplies, so the teachers don’t have to. This year, I understand AEF was able to get just half the classrooms adopted that they got last year. Donations can be made to specific classrooms or to the program itself, with 100 percent of the money going to teachers whose rooms haven’t been adopted.

The foundation is also providing funding for middle school sports, its president, Bill Sonneman, told me last week. It’ll also take donations in order to help cover its operating expenses.

To make a donation, click here. To get information on donating specifically to Adopt-a-Classroom, click here. Or call the foundation at 748-4008, extension 105.

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