Mission: Great Education Colorado harnesses the power of grassroots activism and diverse, inclusive coalitions to stimulate adequate and equitable investment in all Colorado public schools, students, and teachers.
Vision: All Colorado children - regardless of where they live, how they learn, or the color of their skin - graduate prepared to lead their best lives.
Great Education Colorado was founded in 2005 by a group of parents concerned that cuts in school funding were having a negative impact on students. Since then, Great Ed has grown into an organization of 20,000+ supporters focused on providing the resources that schools, colleges and universities need to ensure the success of all students (preschool through higher education) regardless of their zip code, learning style, or economic background. It has earned a reputation for the effectiveness and accessibility of both its education and advocacy efforts, and for building collaborations free of political or partisan agendas.
Multiple years of state cuts to preschool, K-12 and higher education have only exacerbated the funding concerns that originally sparked the creation of Great Ed. Class sizes have grown, educational opportunities have narrowed, working conditions for teachers have deteriorated and tuition and fees have increased. And while Colorado remains a leader in education reform, those reforms have gone largely unfunded -- decreasing their likelihood of success and sustainability.
All these developments underscore this truth: Although increased funding alone is no guarantee of improved academic achievement, sufficient resources are necessary to successfully reach every student.
In the past ten years, Great Ed has been strategic in establishing the building blocks of a stable and effective organization. Today, Great Ed has an engaged board of directors, a professional and effective staff, an expanded capacity to organize and collaborate, a significant online social networking presence, a track record of effective on- and off-line volunteer action, and a broader base of revenue sources. Great Ed has a strong reputation in the policy arena for integrity, well-referenced information, and timely, effective grassroots action statewide.
Thank you for considering Great Education Colorado for your year-end giving! If you're wondering whether to donate, let me make that decision easy for you. You should add Great Ed to your list if:
-- You believe that a great education makes a lasting impact on a child's life, as well as on our communities, our workforce, and our economy;
-- You believe that every student should graduate ready for success;
-- You believe that the quality and availability of educational opportunities should not be determined by zip code, parental income, and learning style;
-- You believe that a better informed electorate and legislature will make better decisions;
-- You believe that engaging citizens in the process of setting state budget priorities -- whether at the Capitol or on the ballot -- is a good thing.
Great Ed's mission and work is to give people easy and effective ways to put these beliefs into action -- whether they have 30 seconds or 30 hours to devote.
We inform people about the need for adequate investment in our classrooms through presentations, videos, newsletters and social media. We provide trainings that give public school supporters the tools to advocate for children at the state and local levels. We take people to visit their legislators in the Capitol and take legislators to visit schools throughout the state. We give people online tools to communicate with their legislators in a timely and relevant way.
In short, Great Ed brings grassroots muscle to the fight for a Colorado that provides all our kids with the best classrooms and teaching in America.
Thank you for considering Great Ed for your Colorado Gives Day donations. We'll put your beliefs into action.
"The mission of Great Education Colorado....is to provide the very best opportunities for every kid to reach their potential."
--George Sparks, President and CEO,
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
"What is important about Great Education Colorado is that it recognizes that quality public education is the foundation of our economy and that without being able to provide high quality instruction in all communities for all students, we're not going to have the economic growth we all want in order to have a sustainable and healthy state."
--Joe Garcia, Lt. Governor of Colorado
"For Colorado's students to succeed, we need both resources AND reform. Great Ed gets that and is working to bring them together."
-- Paul Teske, Dean, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
"An amazing organization that has worked so hard to empower regular people to speak for their children and give education a voice in our legislature!!! Definite two thumbs up!!"
-- S.B., Westiminster parent
"Great Education Colorado works tirelessly to advocate for K-12 education for ALL Colorado kids. . . . When parents want to understand how the system works and how schools are funded, Great Education Colorado is a tremendous resource."
-- L.V., Jeffco parent