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 maintain excellence and innovation in education for all students and educators in our towns.


Programs We Fund

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How We Raise Funds

A registered non-profit organization, the Achieve Foundation relies on community volunteers, who helped raise over $300,000 last year via events, grants and contributions from more than 1,000 families, foundations and friends to enrich the learning experience of students in the School District of South Orange & Maplewood.

Nights of 100 Dinners

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Corporate/Foundation Donors

The Achieve Foundation gratefully acknowledges the institutions, businesses and corporations that support our work. To discuss tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities and donations of goods or services, please contact Eileen Neri, Executive Director, or Beth Daugherty,  Fundraising VP, at director@achievefoundation.org, or click the “Sponsor Us” 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 one Achieve sponsorship will benefit all ten district schools. See our top sponsors below. Inquire about becoming an Achieve sponsor here or use sponsor form on the right.


ADP Foundation
A+E Networks
AIG Matching Gifts Program
American Express Employee Giving Program
Assurant Foundation
BlackRock Matching Gifts Program
Chubb Matching Gifts Program
Endurance Matching Gifts
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
First Eagle Investment Management
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Google Matching Gifts Program
JP Morgan Chase Matching Gifts
Merck Partnership For Giving
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
National Football League (NFL)
Och-Ziff Capital Management Matching Gifts Program
Open Society Justice Initiative
Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Simons Foundation
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
US Bank Employee Matching Gift Program


Allen/Chew Family Fund
AXA Foundation
Bank Of America Foundation
Barham Family Foundation
CHS Janet Hicks Foundation
Gaffney Giving Fund, Fidelity Charitable
Benjamin Gittlin Foundation
Hildebrand Family Fund, Community Foundation of New Jersey
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Dr. Howard & Janice Hoffman Fund, Jewish Community Foundation
Grohman Family Fund
Haberman Foundation
HK Community Fund, Inc.
M.E. Hart Foundation
Marsha Dubrow Fund
Myron M. Kaplan Charitable Fund
Orange Orphan Society
Poses Family Foundation
Richard and Treasure Cohen Fund
Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation, Inc.
Stuart Family Fund, Community Foundation of New Jersey
Susan Sommer Fund, Sharey Tefilo-Israel
The Fraentzel Foundation
The Greenfield Family Fund, Community Foundation of New Jersey
The Plymouth Rock Foundation


College Hill Neighborhood Association
Colonial Terrace Neighbors
Columbia High School Alumni Association
Columbia High School Class of 1944
Columbia High School Class of 1963
Columbia High School Class of 1973
Columbia High School Class of 1974
Columbia High School Class of 1983
Columbia High School Class of 2012
Columbia High School Girls Lacrosse Team
Columbia High School Home & School Association
Columbia High School Music Parents Association
Columbia High School Staff
Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
Congregation Beth El Morning Minyan
Friends of Akili Lynn
Friends of Deborah Prinz
Friends of Legally Blond
Friends of South Orange Middle School Musical
Hilton Neighborhood Association
Maplewood Middle School Home & School Association
Marshall School Staff
Marshall/Jefferson Variety Show Families
Metro YMCAs of the Oranges
Morrow Church Chancel Choir
Newstead Neighborhood Association
Poker Club
Presidents Council
Rotary Club of South Orange
Seth Boyden Parent Teacher Association
South Orange-Maplewood Department of Special Services
Team W Class, 2012-2013
Tuscan School PTA
Tuscan School Principal Fund



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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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