Hamburg Area Education Foundation


     H. A. E. F.
    Hamburg Area Education Foundation

    Investing in Our Community’s Future by Improving Educational Quality and Performance





    About the Hamburg Area Education Foundation:


    The HAEF is an independent, not-for-profit organization developed to cultivate opportunities to advance scholarly, creative, and personal excellence in the Hamburg Area School District.


    1. To enhance educational opportunities for all students.
    2. To encourage and support innovative educators.
    3. To build community involvement through a wide range of educational initiatives.
    4. To strengthen the commitment of alumni support in academic programs.


    This independent, not-for-profit foundation has been organized to accept and administer financial gifts or tax-deductible contributions. A board of directors composed of local citizens representing businesses, families, and the Hamburg Area community assures that gifts and contributions will be directed to enhancing the school district’s educational programs. The foundation will provide awards for programs and purposes that do not fall under district and state financial obligations. These awards are typically based on a competitive proposal process.


    • Student scholarships and grants for individual academic endeavors.
    • Teacher grants to support innovative educational projects and professional development.
    • Educators and artists in residence.
    • Community-based educational programs throughout the Hamburg Area School District.

    Board of Directors

    Committed members of the local community who seek the betterment of the district’s educational opportunities working in conjunction with school district staff.


    Members of the board will encourage participation and contributions from the regional community, including but not limited to businesses, alumni, parents, staff, students, and friends of the district.

    Contact Information

    For additional information, please contact:
    Shawn Gravish at 610-562-2241 ext. 2516  or email

    Hamburg Area Education Foundation
    P.O. Box 402
    Hamburg, PA 19526 


    HAEF News:


    HAEF Awards Grants Totaling Over $4,800

    Congratulations to all the recipients of the Hamburg Area Education Foundation Grants for 2020! Grants were awarded this year in the categories of Student Grant, Teacher Opportunity Grant, and Community Service Grant. Members of the HAEF board encourage participation and contributions for these grants from the regional community, including but not limited to businesses, alumni, parents, staff, students, and friends of the district.

    This year, the awards totaled over $4,800.

    The following Student Grant recipients were awarded $399 each:
    Benjamin Bracy -- Virtual summer programming camp
    Allison Bracy -- Virtual summer coding camp

    The following $500 Teacher Opportunity Grant recipient was awarded to:
    Oksana Reinard -- Independent choice book program

    The following student received $250 as part of a Community Service Grant:
    Aaliyah Stump -- Reach Out Hamburg program

    The HAEF board also approved the awarding of a Community Service Grant totaling over $3000 to the graduating Class of 2020 for a community service project.

    The projects that the HAEF helps fund are made possible by the contributions from our community fundraising events, such as Iron Chef Hamburg competitions, and most recently Coach® and Vera Bradley® Handbag Bingo. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our scheduled Handbag Bingo event had to be postponed until Spring of 2021, thereby limiting the amount of funds to award this year. It is because of the selfless giving of our attendees, and the contributions of event sponsors, that these grants are possible. The HAEF thanks the combined efforts of many in the community and area businesses for their generosity. This continued support will allow us to offer many more grants in the future.


    HAEF Accepts Donation

    Terri McCarthy and Clare Kilpatrick Benz, Chairpersons of the Hamburg Area Education Foundation's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) committee, accepted a generous donation in January 2016 from Peter Phillips, Chairman of Phillips Facilities Management Group, and Mark Lauer, Phillips Office Solutions.  To learn more about how your business can donate to the EITC program, visit our EITC page.






    HAEF Membership

    If you would like to become a member of the Hamburg Area Education Foundation, please contact Shawn Gravish, HAEF President,

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