Our Mission


Telluride Education Foundation's mission is to expand and enrich

the educational opportunities for students, to motivate and recognize

those who guide student learning, and to increase community support

for K-12 education in the Telluride R-1 region.




The Telluride Education Foundation (TEF) was established in 1993 for the purpose of preserving, supporting and improving the education of students in the Telluride R-1 region. The goal of TEF is to enhance and amplify the educational opportunities of Telluride children. To date, it has proved extremely successful in its endeavors. Through its fund raising efforts, TEF has been able to help create a rich diversity of exciting educational programs and projects for students of all ages and abilities.


The Telluride Education Foundation has three major programs for giving:

  • Teacher Magnet Funds
  • Monthly Grants (maximum amount $2,000)
  • Student Scholarships

The Teacher Magnet Fund, now in its fourth year, is an ambitious teacher retention program designed by TEF at the specific request of school superintendent Mary Rubadeau. TEF's objective is to provide additional funds to teachers in the Telluride Public Schools and the Telluride Mountain School who are working on their Masters programs, as well as help teachers alleviate the financial burden of living in a resort community on a teachers wages. Applications are evaluated based on letters of recommendation, demonstrated commitment to students and the community, financial need and intended use of funds.

For Monthly Grants, students, teachers and community members submit Grant requests on the TEF website. The TEF board meets monthly during the school year to consider approximately five grant requests each month, ranging from $100 to $1,500. Requests range from classroom materials and projects, field trips and other creative supplemental programs. TEF has a strong history of funding a deep and diverse pool of very special educational opportunities. While the public and Mountain School each have a budget that funds their very worthwhile operations, these institutions can always use more. TEF allows the creative student, teacher and community member to go the extra mile and provide the enhanced programming that would otherwise fall outside the school's operating budget. Grants that have been historically funded by TEF are: The School Watch; SAF Young People's Theatre; Art Mural in Bike Path Tunnel; and the Student Writer's Workshop.


TEF currently administers Student Scholarships to graduating seniors on behalf of Telski and the Carstens Foundation. The latter awards, called Carstens Giving Back Awards are intended to reward students who use their energy and talents to contribute to the well being of others. TEF evaluates students' applications and presents up to 4 awards per year. These are now 4-year grants and TEF monitors the academic progress of recipients in order to determine ongoing eligibility. This fund is approximately $10,000 per year. TEF assists Telski in evaluating applications and selecting recipients. This fund is $1500 per year.

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Sources of Revenue

TEF has more than 100 donors each year. Over 27% of all the revenue comes from businesses and community members of the Telluride area. In 2003, 53% of TEF revenue came from grants from the Telluride Foundation, Telski, Carstens Fund, Hanley Recreational Fund, Just for Kids and the Denver Post. Fundraising efforts provide the additional 20% of TEF's revenue. TEF fundraisers include Snowdaze at Skyline Guest Ranch and Disco Incognito at Rustico Restaurant. Both Snowdaze and Disco Incognito boasted fabulous turnouts this year. Thanks to all of you who made it a huge success!


During the fiscal 2002-2003 year, we were able to award over $68,000 in grants, benefiting teachers and over 600 students of the Telluride School District and Telluride Mountain School.



The Telluride Education Foundation consists of a 12-member, all-volunteer board of teachers, parents and administrators that works to raise funds and facilitate financial support for projects, materials and programs that fall outside the scope of our school system's normal operating budget.