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

    Hamburg Area Education Foundation
    701 Windsor Street
    Hamburg, PA 19526 


    HAEF News:

    HAEF Announces Four Categories of Competitive Grants for Spring 2024

    The Hamburg Area Education Foundation has announced the 2024 application form for Student and Student Community Service grants.  This year, we are once again able to offer Teacher Opportunity Grants.  Proposals must be returned to the HAEF and received by April 5, 2024.  Additional information can be found in the grant application form here.

    The Foundation continues to support teacher programs in other ways, such as, through the Earned Income Tax Credit Program. For more information about the EITC Program, visit the link in the menu of this webpage, or contact Terri McCarthy-Wright (  

    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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