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Raising funds to enhance education in Basalt public schools

Through our annual fundraisers, the Taste of Basalt and the Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament, as well as generous corporate and community donations, we work directly with teachers and administrators to help the local elementary, middle and high schools deliver innovative, creative programming and experiences for every student.

Over the past two decades, BEF has contributed nearly $700,000 to the Basalt schools to support outdoor education, technology, literacy, hands-on science, art, music, and many other relevant and enriching programs for students. However, the need for additional funding is constant. Colorado currently ranks 43rd in the United States in per pupil funding. Our state spends $9,020 per student each school year, which is $2,715 less than the national average.* With every donation we receive, we can continue to assist our local schools in providing students with the highest quality education possible.

BEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible per IRS guidelines. Our 18-member executive board includes school parents, business leaders and Basalt town staff.

*Education Week, Quality Counts 2015

  • "I purchased a digital kiln with Basalt Education Foundation funds in 2006, and I'm still using it to fire students' clay creations today. I'm very grateful for BEF support through the years."

    Lois Devine
    Lois Devine BES Art Teacher

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We all know the best education for children isn’t solely reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. Your donation to the Basalt Education Foundation helps support enriching public-school programs that go well beyond textbook teaching.

Taste of BasaltSave the Date

The next Taste of Basalt fundraiser will take place November 5, 2016 at the Roaring Fork Club. Sample food from area restaurants; taste wine from local distributors; dance; bid on silent-auction items. A festive event!

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