Jeffco Schools Foundation

The JSFoundation is both an operating and grantmaking program. Our investments back into our schools and classrooms and to our Principals, teachers and students is directly dependent on the community philanthropy and those who believe in the value and benefit of public education. Our appeal is that you support us in connecting the community to the varied and many needs facing our classrooms and students and that you invest in the Foundation to steward these funds on behalf of our students. As trusted partners with the Education Center, Principals and Schools, the JSFoundation is uniquely positioned to understand the gaps financial and programmatic gaps facing our students. Our vision is that every Jeffco student has a bright future through supporting student learning and proficiency, professional learning of our educators, provision of basic needs for our students, supporting the availability of the arts, and supporting career pathway preparedness and readiness for our students.

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General Information

Official Name
The Jefferson Foundation​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Jeffco Schools Foundation
Former Name(s)
(2013)The Jefferson Foundation
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
809 Quail St., Bldg. #1
Lakewood, CO 80215
Colorado Location
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Jeffco Schools Foundation is to connect the community to Jeffco classroom needs and bring resources and partnerships to bridge gaps facing the Jeffco Public Schools District, its Schools, Teachers and Students. We do this by inspiring philanthropy to ensure all Jeffco students thrive.

Organization History

The Foundation was incorporated as a Colorado nonprofit organization in 1983 by a group of community members and educators who wanted to bridge public and private resources for education. The Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education created the nonprofit entity to be managed as a separate organization of community leaders passionate about the value, excellence and benefits of public education.

The organization continues to partner with the District Education Center and Schools, both by being responsive to ideas generated by staff and by bringing new ideas to staff and schools which result in student impact. Our current work aligns with the District's Vision 2020 and many of the Foundation's programs support this plan in the areas of content mastery.

The Foundation is a separate entity with its own 501c3 status from the IRS and independent incorporation with the Colorado Secretary of State, and board of directors; it works to be as responsive to the needs of students in Jeffco Public Schools.

The Superintendent of the district and a member of the district's Board of Education both serve as ex offico members of the Foundation's Board of Directors, and the Board is comprised of Jeffco parents, community leaders and County stakeholders.


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