The Grand County Education Foundation is organized as a public charity and recognized as a 501(c)(3), tax exempt entity. The GCEF feels that all students deserve the tools, resources, and experiences that will inspire and prepare them for a better future.

Our top priority is the implementation of programs, equipment and materials that will have an immediate impact on all students in the Grand County School District.

What we do

  • Support academic activities and athletic programs
  • Support arts and music programs
  • Support major school or classroom projects
  • Recruit volunteers to assist children
  • Offer teacher recognition
  • Support school libraries
  • Provide scholarships

Funding Sources

  • Private Donations
  • Corporate Donations
  • Foundation Donations
  • Bequests
  • Transfers
  • Gifts

Since 2009, we have been promoting student success in Grand County Schools by using private donations to supplement children’s educational experiences.

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Grand County Demographics

Grand County School District (GCSD) is unique as a rural District serving a population that covers an entire county of approximately 10,000 residents. GCSD is comprised of a student enrollment of 1529 with a 50% poverty level and 128 students who are limited in English proficiency.

Risk factors for students who live in poverty and those with limited English proficiency increase as students continue into middle and high school. Risk factors include: few support systems to assist with school work, belonging to anti-social peer groups, and unhealthy lifestyles. These factors place stress on student performance which creates an increase in drop-out rates. An increase in drop-out rates equates to an increase in crime, teen pregnancy, depression, and willingness to work in low-paying jobs rather than be career oriented.

It is recognized nationally that students perform better and stay in school longer if their educational experiences include hands-on, experiential learning, and opportunities for the arts and recreation.