Mission Statement

    The Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation (UMAEF) is committed to the continuing advancement of public education in the Upper Merion Area School District, by providing funds for educational programs and activities through engagement and collaboration with parents, school staff, businesses, and community members, so that every child is given the opportunity to thrive in a rigorous, engaging, and dynamic environment.

    We will achieve our mission by generating independent funding and developing community partnerships to recognize and encourage student and staff innovation and excellence. 

    We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, funded through donations and annual fundraising events.  The purpose of the Foundation is to offer grants to teachers in the Upper Merion Area School District, via an application process, that supplement as well as complement basic educational programs in the areas of Technology, Arts, Scholastic Enhancement and Cultural Enrichment.

    We are looking for those in our community who are passionate about improving public schools and the education of our children. If you are interested in joining the Foundation as a board member or just want to volunteer your skills and time for specific events or activities, please contact us at UMAEFinfo@gmail.com.

    2019-2020 Board of Directors:

    Eileen Ching, President 
    Heather Francis, Vice President ​
    Todd Brown, Treasurer ​
    Anthony Grazel, Ed.D.
    Casmir Martin
    Michael Keeley ​
    Susan Silver, Ed.D. ​
    John Toleno, Ed.D., Superintendent 
    If you would like to donate to our foundation, please send your payment (make check payable to “Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation”) to:

    Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation
    c/o Michael Keeley
    435 Crossfield Road 
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
    or use the button below!

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  • We will never email you to ask for wire transfers or e-gift card transfers.

  • Viking 5K
    We would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered, and/or donated to our 5th Annual Viking 5K & Family Fun Run. It was fantastic to see so many members of the community coming out for a great run and to support our schools.

    Thanks to our sponsors, local businesses and all those who donated to our Foundation. The list is available on the race website. We raised over $14,000, the most successful since we started this race 4 years ago! The money will go directly to teacher-initiated projects benefitting students in all seven schools of the Upper Merion Area School District!

    The Viking 5K would not have been possible without our volunteers, and we want to extend our appreciations to the Upper Merion Cross Country team and all the volunteers who helped out at the race.
    Finally, we want to congratulate the winner of the elementary school classroom competition: Mrs. Beers’ class at Roberts, with 28 registrants! Wow! Mrs. Beers’ first grade class will get a cool Kona Ice party donated by Kona Ice KoP!

    Visit us on Facebook to get the latest about our Foundation and fundraising events. If you are interested in joining our Board or volunteering at our future events, please email UMAEFinfo@gmail.com.

    Thank you again and have a great summer!

     Check out the photo gallery below for some highlights from the 5th Annual Viking 5k held in 2019.

  • Upper Merion Area Education Foundation Awards 2018-2019 Mini-Grants

    At the November School Board Business Meeting the Upper Merion Area Education Foundation presented thirteen mini-grants that will benefit specific program ideas in all seven district schools. Congratulations to all the winners!!




    Mini-Grant Applicant/s

    Title of Project


    Roberts K-4th Grade STEM Eden Callahan The World in 3D for Elementary Learners


    MS ELA/ESL 5th to 8th Angela DellaValle

    Persistence & Grit: Motivational Talk by Nationally Recognized Sociologist & Author Dr. Ted Thornhill


    MS Social Studies 8th Grade Peter Cress Upper Merion Please Touch Museum


    ALL Elementary Schools

    Elementary Art Dept

    Karen Jurina, Katie Morrow, Lindsay Grazel, Kate Bisono, Amy Paciotti

    Every Teacher is a Teacher of Literacy: The Studio Library, Part 2


    Candlebrook  K-4th Grade Library Annemarie Kocher PebbleGo! Databases for K-4



     5th to 8th Grade General Music

    Donna Jackson

    Autoharp for LIFE students and classroom music



     5th to 8th Grade Tech Ed

    Nick Carullo xCarve 3D Design and Modeling


    Gulph  4th Grade Gifted & Science Melanie Fink Weather Science Tools



     K to 2nd Grade Gifted, Science, Art

    Melanie Fink Insectropolis "Bugs on the Go"



     K to 4th Grade Special Education

    Shannon Lemke

    Social Skills Library to Support Social Thinking

    Mini-grant winners