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.

    2020-2021 Board of Directors:

    Todd Brown, President 
    Eileen Ching, Treasurer ​
    Casmir Martin, Secretary
    Anthony Grazel, Ed.D.
    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!

To Donate to the UMAEF please click below
  • We will never email you to ask for wire transfers or e-gift card transfers.

  • In consideration of the current pandemic, our Viking 5K 2021 is going VIRTUAL!

    UMAEF Virtual Viking 5K & Family Fun Run will take place:

    Saturday May 29 to Sunday June 6, 2021

    All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards teacher-initiated projects that will benefit the students in our school district. Please click here to register, and you can also support us by fundraising or making a donation. Since the race is virtual, don't forget your family and friends in other parts of the country. They can participate and show their support for the teachers and children in UMASD! 

    If you have any questions, please email UMAEFinfo@gmail.com. Thank you for your support and hope to see you at the race!

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

  • Upper Merion Area Education Foundation Awards 2020-2021 Grants

    At the October School Board Business Meeting the Upper Merion Area Education Foundation presented eight grants that will benefit specific program ideas in our district schools. Congratulations to all the winners!!  

    School Grade/Dept/Course Requestor Title of Project
    Gulph K-4 Special Education Dena Yassky In Our Family/
    Photography Diversity Exhibit
    Elementary K-4 Instructional Coach Julie Overly Building a Foundation of
    Anti-Racism: Using Powerful
    Literature as a Conversation Starter
    Elementary K-4 Instructional Coach Julie Overly Starting the Conversation Early:
    Bolstering K-4 Classroom Libraries
    with Anti-Racist Books
    Roberts 1st Grade Fayth Balsam, Shawn Beers & Kathy Soranno Habits of Mind Engagement
    Candlebrook Reading Specialist Lisa Mazinas Reading Rocks! Reading and
    Writing across the Genres
    High School English Rebecca McDonnell and Kelly Bontempo Give VOICE
    High School Business and Computer 9-12 Jennifer McCarthy Cricut Business for the Classroom
    Candlebrook Library/Librarian
    Department Chair
    Annmarie Kocher PA/NJ eBOOK Consortium