Why give to the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP)?

You have the power to support meaningful and sustained education in the arts, humanities, and sciences for people incarcerated in Alabama. Your gift will allow the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to continue to create dynamic spaces for art and education inside of state prisons.



Your donation contributes to the national impact of arts programming and higher education in prison, a rising field assisting thousands of incarcerated students find a creative outlet and obtain college credentials. Funds donated to APAEP will directly impact students in prison across the state of Alabama.

  • Of the 26,000 men and women are currently incarcerated in state facilities in Alabama, approximately 95% will eventually be released, ultimately returning to their homes and communities (Statistical Reports, Alabama Department of Corrections).
  • According to a 2013 Rand Corporation study, those who access any type of education while incarcerated are 43% less likely to return to prison than those who do not (Rand, 2013).
  • Higher education in prison offers a 400% return on investment over three years for taxpayers, or $5 saved for every $1 spent (Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education, The Rand Corporation ).
  • Recent research has found that 75% of long-term job success depends on soft skills, but only 25% on technical knowledge. A college experience provides both, especially for incarcerated students (Supporting Success: The Higher Education in Prison Key Performance Indicator Framework, Institute for Higher Education Policy).
  • Prisons with postsecondary education programs have fewer violent incidents than those without them, creating safer working conditions for staff and safer living environments for incarcerated people (First Class: Starting a Postsecondary Program in Prison, The Vera Institute for Justice).
  • Your contribution to someone’s artistic and educational development while incarcerated has the potential to impact entire communities and future generations. For example, a child is twice as likely to obtain a college degree if their parent has a college degree (Rand, 2014).
Why I Give

“I am called to give to those whom society...has forgotten. When I give to APAEP, I know I am giving compassion, invaluable hope through learning, and resources to those who have many talents and gifts that they are called to give. The world has yet to see the immense artistry, intelligence, and light within incarcerated people, and I love that APAEP creates a space to nurture those gifts and pass them along to everyone. I give because it allows the students to give.”

    - Sustaining Donor


Donations are made through the Auburn University Foundation. You may designate your donation to one oftwo areas of need or make an unrestricted gift to the program.

Our areas of need include:

  • General support – The support allows us to pay instructor salaries and fund classes and needs not covered by a grant
  • Tuition support –This support funds theremainder oftuition for students in our college degree programafter their Pell grants are applied
Other Ways To Donate

By Check

To donate by check, make checks payable to “Auburn University Foundation” with “APAEP” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Auburn University Foundation
317 College Street
Auburn, AL 36849


By Direct Deposit

Auburn University employees can set up an automatic payroll deduction through the Auburn University Payroll Deduction website. More information is available there.


By Book Donation

We collect books to develop reading libraries in prisons across the state. If you have books to donatem please contact us.

We are interested in lightly used or new contemporary paperbacks.We can always accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and occasionally can take textbooks or reference books when there is a specific need.