Capacity for a Better Future

Afton analyzes and transforms public policy and practice.

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K-12 Education

K-12 Education

Afton works with school systems and state education agencies in the areas of funding policy, fiscal sustainability, fiscal transparency and reporting, and resource allocation. Our work includes funding formula development, financial projection modeling, budgeting, operating and debt scenario analyses, financial reporting, board governance guidance, CFO mentoring, and in-house finance staff training.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education and Care

Afton brings its expertise in ECE funding, governance, and strategic systems planning to support state and local agencies looking to make lasting investments in young children and families, especially those most historically disenfranchised. We seek to design equitable and sustainable ECE systems.

Workforce Systems

Workforce Systems

Afton advises state and local agencies, governors, and providers on workforce policy and practice initiatives.

Impact Investing

Impact Investing

Afton provides due diligence and advisory services to education organizations and their investors.

Darryl Cobb

When our portfolio networks experience challenging financial scenarios, changes in financial leadership, or need to work with their board on financial oversite, Afton brings a strong balance of strategic insights and practical solutions.

Darryl Cobb  |  Partner, Charter School Growth Fund
Ginger Ostro

Afton helped us analyze our school funding model and showed us how to make it more equitable. They quickly understood our data, crunched the numbers, and helped us design a new approach. They recommended an inclusive process and anticipated challenges so we could be prepared with solutions. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

Ginger Ostro  |  Budget Director (former), Chicago Public Schools
Michael Bradley

We embarked on developing a new budget methodology for our entire Network and called on Afton to help with designing an approach that would meet our core objectives and needs. They did an outstanding job… Afton has great breadth and depth of expertise and experience with education finance. They have been instrumental as our industry has faced increased economic uncertainty and challenge.

Michael Bradley  |  Chief Financial Officer, Acero Schools
Dr. Ben Martindale

Afton Partners has provided the direction and support that has literally saved our District… Their capacity to analyze and provide successful models of funding re-structuring is different from any support I have ever encountered in 47 years of education. They are the best!!

Dr. Ben Martindale  |  Chief Education Officer (former), North Chicago CUSD 187
Yetta Lewis

Afton has helped us to become a team of problem-solving and possibilities. They approach each situation with strong knowledge of the finances, compassion for people, and a team spirit to get the job done! Unlike many other consulting firms, they work in partnership to consult while building the internal capacity of our staff members. Building capacity and knowledge base of our staff members and board has been invaluable.

Yetta Lewis  |  CEO, Gestalt Community Schools

Who We Work With

How We've Done

Since inception in 2011, Afton Partners has successfully worked with a wide variety of public sector organizations. Here’s how we’ve done so far:

$2M-$7B

Total Annual Budget Range

7,500+

Total Schools Impacted

130+

Public Sector Initiatives

35

We work in numerous states, continuously expanding our reach

07.07.22

ESSER: Our Latest Window to Unjust Public Education Funding

At Work At School - An Afton Partners Blog

Watch the August 4, 2022 presentation of report's key findings and the engaging panel discussion that took place at City Club Chicago. https://bit.ly/3BLbQYu. You can learn more about the report on our website.
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