The Akron Match Challenge - We Need Your Help!
Through a very generous challenge aimed at completing the second classroom building before the start of the next academic year, St. Paul’s has offered to match every dollar AEP raises up to $50,000! In order to reach this goal, our goal is to collect the full $100,000 before August 31. We are already on our way with $20,000 received to date ($10,000 raised, matched by St. Paul’s).
Educational Opportunities in Nigeria More Challenging Than Ever
The state of education in northern Nigeria is ever changing. Recent reports indicate that Nigeria has the highest number of children out of school in the world. Of the estimated 57 million school-age children worldwide who do not attend school, 10 million of those children live in Nigeria. Add to that the burgeoning population in Nigeria (it is estimated that children 15 years old and younger account for nearly half of the Nigerian population), combined with much lower than average government support for education, and it quickly becomes apparent that children and parents in Nigeria are in dire need of our help.
Welcome New AEP Board Members
We are thrilled to welcome Paul Frank and Angela DiMezza to the AEP Board. Paul and Angela are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio. Both Paul and Angela come to us with great experience – Angela has been to Nigeria, seen the school site and visited with parents and children, and Paul has for many years been deeply involved in international education- focused mission work.
St. Paul’s has partnered with us for several years now – they funded Angela’s and Nan Bartlett’s trip to Nigeria in 2011, and contributed substantially to acquire additional land (quadrupling the property available when the school project began), to erect the perimeter wall around Grace International, and to begin construction on the second classroom block. We are truly blessed to have the benefit of Angela’s and Paul’s experience and guidance, and the continued support of St. Paul’s!
Tax-Exempt Status Granted!
AEP qualifies as a tax- exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
After an exceptionally tedious wait (and with the help of a gentle push from CT Senator Chris Murphy’s office), our application for determination that AEP qualifies as a tax- exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code was recently granted. Previously AEP maintained its tax-exempt status through a sponsorship agreement with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. While we will always remain closely linked to our supporting parishes in Connecticut and Ohio, AEP’s new status as an independent public charity enables us to apply for grants offered by a broad range of grant-making organizations. As you can imagine, there are many educational grants available and quite a few of them are targeted to international education opportunities. We are actively researching grant opportunities and seeking a professional grant writer to assist us.