What We Do

The Achieve Foundation has invested over $4 million since 1999 for programs that support education in South Orange and Maplewood.

Public school funding is simply not enough to pay for the outstanding education that is a mainstay of our community. Achieve distributes funds for a wide range of programs that ensure excellence, equitable access and innovation in education for all students and educators in our towns.

Won’t you Achieve With Us?

Programs We Fund


How We Raise Funds

A registered non-profit organization, the Achieve Foundation relies on community volunteers who helped raise over $400,000 last year via events, grants and contributions from more than 1,100 families, foundations and friends to enrich the learning experience of students in the School District of South Orange & Maplewood.

Click here to see a complete list of donors from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Donate now to be sure your name is included on next year’s list of supporters!

Thank you to our 2023 spring event sponsors — we couldn’t do it without you!

Business/Corporate Donors

The Achieve Foundation gratefully acknowledges the institutions, local businesses and corporations that support our work. To discuss tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities and donations of goods or services, please contact Executive Director Eileen Neri at director@achievefoundation.org, or click the “Learn More” button on the right.

Local Business Partners

Local merchants, professionals and service providers provide a significant portion of Achieve’s support by sponsoring events and programs. They choose Achieve, because they believe in our mission and appreciate that a contribution to Achieve will benefit all the schools and students in the District.

Sustaining Sponsors

Achieve is particularly grateful to these local business partners for providing year-round support for our programs:

Many other local businesses have also supported our public schools through Achieve in the past year. Inquire about becoming an Achieve sponsor here.

ADP Foundation  A+E Networks  BlackRock Matching Gifts Program  Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Google Matching Gifts Program  JP Morgan Chase Matching Gifts  Microsoft Matching Gifts Program  Plymouth Rock Foundation  Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program  Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program  Simons Foundation  US Bank Employee Matching Gift Program
Allen/Chew Family Fund  AXA Foundation  The Fraentzel Foundation  Haberman Foundation  Hart-Sheehy Fund  Orange Orphan Society  Richard and Treasure Cohen Fund  Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation  Susan Sommer Fund  James & Sharon Schwarz Donor Advised Fund
Aging Bulls Softball Club  Columbia High School Alumni Association  CHS Class of 1968  Columbia High School HSA  CHSMPA (Columbia High School Music Parents Association)  Congregation B’nai Jeshurun  Congregation Beth El Morning Minyan  Hilton Neighborhood Association   Maplewood Middle School Home & School Association  Marshall School Staff  Metro YMCAs of the Oranges  Presidents Council Seth Boyden PTA  Tuscan School PTA 


Photo Galleries


Newstead 5K


Night of 100 Dinners


Night of 100 Dinners

View the gallery link below and see more pictures from Night of 100 Dinners on our Facebook page. Check out more pictures from 2016 courtesy of Noelle Harteveld.

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Maker Madness


Maker Madness

View the gallery link below and see more pictures from Maker Madness on our Facebook page.

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