Igniting the Power of Innovation

GVEF 20 Years Logo

Photo by Greg Anderson

Mission Of The Gunnison Valley Education Foundation:

We ignite the power of innovation in teaching and learning opportunities for students in the
Gunnison Watershed School District.

GVEF Newsletter First Quarter 2024

We held a wonderful 20th Anniversary and Teacher Appreciation Celebration at Garlic Mike’s Restaurant in October, 2023 which allowed us to thank our supporters, celebrate our successes after 20 years of volunteer service, and present the 2023-2024 Teacher Innovation Grant awards to our teachers in the Gunnison Watershed School District.

Gunnison Valley Education Foundation turns 20

The Gunnison Valley Education Foundation (GVEF) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Over the past 20 years, it has contributed more than $200,000 to the district.

“GVEF provided funding to connect with other GWSD teachers and educators from around the state at Innovative Education Colorado – which re-fueled my passion to continue to grow as an educator and share with and inspire others in order to empower our students!”

Katie Gallagher – Innovative Learning Specialist, GWSD

GVEF Home Flexible Seating

Kindergarten Flexible Seating / Lake School

Teachers: Jessica McNary, Katy Dye, Kathleen Mowrey,
Ali Rollins, Angie Allen

Gunnison Valley Education Foundation (GVEF)

Providing extra funding to educate the whole child.

We are a charitable tax-exempt organization.

We act as a change agent in public education throughout the Gunnison Valley by funding innovation. The key to continuing along the path from good to great is the ability to innovate, promote creativity and generate a passion for education throughout the valley. This ongoing teacher, administrator, leader, community and parent collaboration is the key to ensuring that the entire community invests in the future of our students.

The Gunnison Valley Education Foundation (GVEF) is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley.

Innovation in Gunnison Valley Teaching and Learning!


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Gunnison Valley Education Foundation Makes an Impact!

Statistics below are from 2015 – 2023

Number of Grants Awarded

Number of Students Benefitting from Innovation Grant Awards

Total Innovation Grant Awards Amount

“Wow – I could say a lot:)))

GVEF grants have enhanced our STEAM program exponentially!!!
The students are thriving and so engaged with the STEAM games, activities and challenges!

We have expanded from 4-6th grade to have STEAM classes for all GCS 1st through 8th graders!!!

Thanks so much for your support-
It is truly appreciated!!!”

Rain Bodine – STEAM teacher and media specialist – GCS

GVEF is a component fund of

Thank you for supporting our kids, teachers and schools!