Friends of Foundation Academies

Who We Are

The Friends of Foundation Academies, Inc. is a separate 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2010 to encourage community support of Foundation Academies. We support Foundation Academies by raising funds and delivering services, programs, acquisitions, and partnerships that equitably serve the best interests of our school community. 

You can make a lasting impact on Foundation Academies by making a charitable gift through the Friends.

What We Do

As a public charter school, Foundation Academies receives only approximately 70% of the per-student dollar allocation that the district schools receive. Donations to the Friends Annual Fund help to bridge that gap by enriching our student experiences, developing and retaining faculty, and responding to the needs of our school community. 

Gifts to the Friends Knight Fund underwrite scholarships, awards, book stipends, and emergency support to help our alumni succeed in college and in careers. With your help, the Friends aims to award more than $400,000 in tuition assistance and persistence to our alumni by 2025.  

Friends of Foundation Academies Annual Report 2019-20

2019-20 Friends of Foundation Academies
Board of Directors

The Friends of Foundation Academies is led by a Board of Directors whose role is to ensure thoughtful investment, planning, stewardship and accountability to donors and the community. The Friends Board collaborates with the leadership of Foundation Academies to identify the most pressing needs of the school community and then solicits, accepts, and approves charitable donations.

Howie Powers, Chair

Reid McCarthy, Treasurer

Anthony Klockenbrink, Secretary

Dan Chamby

Jacqui Griffith*

Betsy Rendall

Kathleen Reilly Streicher*

Graig Weiss*

*Designates ex officio member

2019-20 Friends of Foundation Academies
Leadership Council

The Friends of Foundation Academies Leadership Council involves our broader community in the important work of the schools. The Council meets quarterly to receive updates on our schools, collaborate on advancement initiatives, and champion our innovative work in K-12 public education. 

Ashwin Chaudhari

Melanie Clarke

Mark Eveland

Suzanne Eveland

Al-Lateef Farmer

Stuart “Bill” Ferguson

Mindy Fernandez-Sheinbaum

Tanji Gilliam, PhD, MFA

Sally Henriques

Dr. Maurice Hall

Joanna Herrera

Sharon Ann Holt

John Jackson

Rashaun Jones

Bob Kiep

Peggy Oliver Krist

Chenoah Porter-Blount

Sarah Ringer

Carl Seiden

Sandra Touissant

Lori Todaro

Melissa von Stade

Dennis Walsingham

Alexander Zbinden

Frequently Asked Questions

Who gives to the Friends of Foundation Academies?

Any private entity can make a gift to the Friends of Foundation Academies, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Gifts made to the Friends of Foundation Academies are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Friends of Foundation Academies enjoys broad support from the community, including private entities, businesses, foundations, parents, staff, and alumni.

What do gifts to the Friends of Foundation Academies accomplish?

Private gifts to the Friends of Foundation Academies help provide the building blocks for even better schools and brighter futures for the children of Trenton. Your support helps us to enrich student experiences, keep alumni on their paths to and through college, build and better equip classrooms, and to recruit, develop, and show our deep appreciation to our incredible teachers.

How are Friends of Foundation Academies funds distributed?

All funds are expended per the donor’s wishes. Gifts can support a specific group or initiative, or be applied to Foundation Academies’ greatest immediate need. The Friends of Foundation Academies fundraising is about bringing the schools to life and supporting our students to and through college. It is about creating and filling the facilities with staff who have the resources to creatively address the needs of teachers, students and families, to plan programming geared to their continued and enhanced success, and to meet their emotional, financial, and educational needs with high-quality resources and counsel.

Don’t citizens already support the school with their taxes?

As a free public charter school, Foundation Academies achieves extraordinary results while receiving only approximately 70% of the per-student dollar allocation that the traditional public district schools receive. Those public funds go towards integral school materials, services and staff. Yet the school network is challenged to accomplish its mission while operating within a budget that does not provide funds for facilities, transportation, and expanding programs and services. The Friends of Foundation Academies, Inc funds bridge the gap between the public support for our students and the real cost of redefining what’s possible in urban education.

Shouldn’t I just give money directly to the school?

Actually, the schools face many obstacles when it comes to raising funds. Many foundations and corporations and many individuals will not make grants or gifts directly to a public institution. Donations made directly to the school are difficult to manage because of a stringent budgetary process and governmental red tape. Ultimately, the schools would still not have the flexibility of funding necessary to respond to emerging needs, or to special opportunities that arise after the budget year begins.

What types of donations can the Friends of Foundation Academies accept?

The Friends of Foundation Academies accepts gifts of cash, securities, real estate and cash-value life insurance policies. We are available to assist with donations of stocks, or to discuss establishing trusts or other planned giving opportunities. The Friends of Foundation Academies is also pleased to process corporate matching gift requests.

Can I do some crowd-funding in support of FA for my birthday/upcoming marathon, etc.?

Yes! Email to create a campaign in celebration of you AND our school community!

Do you accept donations of used goods (books, clothes, furniture?)

While we deeply appreciate the generosity of our community members, due to safety and staffing constraints, we typically do not accept donations of used clothing, books, or furniture. For donations of unused goods and materials, please contact us at to discuss our current capacity for accepting in-kind donations.