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Raising funds to enhance education in Basalt public schools

Through our annual fundraiser the Taste of Basalt, 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 more than $800,000 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 39th in the United States in per pupil funding. Our state spends $9,471 per student each school year, which is $2,685 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 20-member executive board includes school parents and business leaders.

*Education Week, Quality Counts 2017

  • "The Basalt Band program has more than 200 BMS and BHS students playing instruments. Thanks to the Basalt Education Foundation and its financial support, we've been able to pay extra instructors to help each student get the attention he or she needs for a successful music education."

    Nick Lenio
    Nick Lenio Basalt Band Director

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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 BasaltAnnual “Taste of Basalt”

The annual Taste of Basalt fundraiser held on November 3, 2018 at the Roaring Fork Club was a huge success. Food samples, wine tasting, dancing, silent auction and more made for a Great Night! THANK YOU to our Sponsors, Vendors and all our guests who made this possible.





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