Capacity for a Better Future

Afton analyzes and transforms public policy and practice.

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Sustainability Planning

Sustainability Planning

Whether your organization is in start-up, growth, stabilization, or decline, Afton provides financial expertise to ensure your resources are allocated in alignment with strategic priorities that are financially viable in the long-term.

Funding Adequacy, Equity and Transparency

Funding Adequacy, Equity and Transparency

Afton provides advisory and analytical services that improve the potential for fiscal equity and transparency within state and local public education funding structures. This work often includes in-district funding allocation analyses by school and student need.

Afton provides advisory services state agencies and local school systems that strengthen financial governance and leadership. Our work includes stakeholder facilitation on funding equity and fiscal transparency matters that shape state and local policy. We also advise school systems on best practice financial governance and strategic CFO leadership.

Innovative Models & Programs

Innovative Models & Programs

Since our inception in 2011, Afton has been the national thought leader in financial planning for education innovation. Afton works with Districts, Charter networks, State Education Agencies, funders, and other stakeholders to deeply understand how innovative education models and strategies can be developed and implemented in a financially sustainable way. Our approach promotes a partnership between academic and financial leaders at both the school and system levels to understand the key design elements of a successful model, quantify the resources required, identify realistic funding alternatives, and embed innovative approaches in financial policies and systems. The intent of this work is to support lasting, meaningful change for all students.

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 K-12 education stakeholders to strategically align financial and operational resources to achieve stability and sustainability. Here’s how we’ve done so far:


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We work in numerous states, continuously expanding our reach

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