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.
"Denver’s Colorado Teen Literature Conference, funded in part by BEF, introduced students to high-quality, young adult literature and award-winning authors. Most had never attended a professional conference before, and the experience brought literature to life for them."