The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1985. Former school board member and local philanthropist Eleanor Flanders spearheaded its creation. After completing her term on the School Board in the 1980s, she and then Superintendent Keith Blue, met to discuss her concern over the little funding available for teachers’ innovative ideas to enhance their students’ learning experiences. Together, they decided that a private foundation was needed to help teachers put their ideas into practice. In 1985, Eleanor began her leadership of what is now the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley. Beginning in 1987, The Education Foundation has provided grants to educators within the St. Vrain Valley. Eleanor led the Foundation as its President until 2004.
The Education Foundation provides a conduit for individuals, other foundations and businesses to support programs essential to student success in St. Vrain. Funding from these sources is directed to areas identified as most critical by the St. Vrain Valley School District. The Foundation has grown over the years. Annually, we now award approximately $50,000 in classroom grants, $40,000 in student scholarships, host the teacher appreciation night, “Tribute to Teachers”, serve as the fiscal agent for the Longmont Sunrise Stampede, offer the Eleanor Venture Travel Grant, sponsor Young Ameritowne, and provide funding for outdoor environmental education in partnership with Thorne Nature and the Curriculum Department of St. Vrain Valley School District. Since inception, the Foundation has made awards to St. Vrain Valley students and educators exceeding $2 million.