Our History

Our Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1985. Former school board member and local philanthropist Eleanor Flanders spearheaded its creation. Beginning in 1987 our Foundation has provided grants to educators within the St. Vrain Valley.

Over the years, thousands of grants have been awarded to classroom teachers to provide opportunities that students would not otherwise have had. Such grants not only provide learning opportunities for students, they renew teachers, give them another tool for teaching and provide them with reinforcement which says that their ideas are important. In addition to classroom grants, community projects such as the Homework Hotline, the Born to Read project which distributes reading bags and materials to parents of all newborns at Longmont United Hospital, and the Newspapers in Education program have received support from our Foundation. Since inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling approximately $1.7 million.

The Foundation provides a conduit for individuals, other foundations and businesses to support programs essential to student success. Funding from these sources come into the Foundation and are then directed into areas identified as most critical by the St. Vrain Valley School District.