The Basalt Education Foundation raises funds to enhance education in the Basalt public schools.
A group of committed, enthusiastic parents of children in the Basalt schools initiated the very first Taste of Basalt fundraiser in 1996. The objective was to raise funds to support full day kindergarten at Basalt Elementary School. By 2004 the grassroots group applied for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and
became known as Basalt Kids, Inc.
In the first decade of 2000, money raised at the Taste of Basalt fundraiser was granted to the three
Basalt public schools primarily to support the arts and outdoor education, as well as some technology
initiatives that were not covered in school or district budgets. Teachers applied for funding for their
specific classroom needs and programming; this method continues to be used today (though in the
spring of 2014, school principals were also invited to apply specifically for "administrator grants.")
In 2011, the group renamed itself Basalt Education Foundation to better represent its mission of
raising funds to enhance education in the Basalt public schools. Grants continued to support the arts
and outdoor education, but expanded to include teacher professional development; technology such
as iPads and Chromebooks; STEM learning experiences; and more experiential and interactive
opportunities for students.
BEF further expanded and evolved into its current 18member board format in late 2013.
In 2014, BEF added another major fundraiser to the mix: the Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf
tournament. The same year, BEF granted funds directly to principals, the initial spring "administrator
In 2015, BEF awarded its first-ever scholarships to Basalt High School seniors totalling $10,000.
In total, since the very first Taste of Basalt in 1996, Basalt Education Foundation has given nearly
$700,000 directly to Basalt public schools.
By 2018, we have doubled our scholarships to Basalt Seniors to $20,000!
"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."
BES Art Teacher
"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."
"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."
Basalt Band Director