AHEF to discontinue sale of gift cards

As a result of the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation’s (AHEF) organizational review and strategic planning process, a decision has been made to discontinue selling gift cards. AHEF has sold gift cards to local retailers with a portion of the gift card going to a school, program or student activity account.

“The program is no longer financially sustainable for AHEF and making this change will allow the organization to focus on our core mission and strategic goals of helping students in the areas of early childhood education, talent development and career and college readiness,” said Tess DeGeest, AHEF executive director. “The AHEF Board of Directors, the staff and I appreciate the merchants who have participated in the program over the years and the parents, staff and community members who purchased gift cards.”

All current accounts will be paid as of Nov. 30. Effective Dec. 1, all proceeds from the gift card program will go to a school, PTO or group designated by the purchaser. No individual designation is allowed. A final round of allocation checks will be issued in January.

AHEF will place a final order for gift cards in mid-December. Anyone planning to purchase gift cards from AHEF for gifts or holiday shopping are encouraged to do so promptly to ensure availability.

Through December, the AHEF office is open Monday through Friday (including Wednesdays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please be aware the office will be open Dec. 26, 27, 28, and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with questions about this issue can contact DeGeest at 763-506-1107.

“We will make this transition go as smoothly as possible,” DeGeest said. “The AHEF looks forward to working with families and community on other fundraisers so our organization can continue to support Anoka-Hennepin students achieve success.”