Durango Education Foundation


Going beyond the basics...

DEF develops resources to promote educational achievement, innovation and excellence for the students and teachers in Durango School District 9-R.

Actions and Impacts:


Grants: DEF helps Durango 9-R educators to implement their innovative ideas.

In 2014-15, DEF grants enhanced the education of 60-75% of Durango 9-R students. Read about the grants we're funding for 2015-16 on our Grants page.

Scholarships: DEF administers scholarships.

In May, 2015, DEF awarded $49,000 in new and renewed scholarships to Durango seniors and alumni. Meet some of our 2015 recipients on our Scholarships page

Recognition: DEF recognizes inspiring educators. 

275 nominators recommended 126 educators for the 2015 Outstanding Teachers and Outstanding Staff Members awards. See the list, and read about the 8 award recipients on our "9-R Stars" page.

Resource Development: DEF fund-raises to support our mission.

Rochester Poster Repaired
Summer Treat: Rochester Hotel (Durango) Secret Garden Concert Series will benefit 12 nonprofits and promote the music scene this summer, Wednesdays through September 30, 4:30-7:00 p.m. Plan to attend them all! D.E.F.'s special night is September 16, featuring musician Ace Revel... and some surprise guests. Admission is $10/person--series admissions will be pooled and shared among the 12 charities. Food and beverages available for purchase. Administered by the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, and hosted by the Rochester Hotel. More concert details here.
Other Resource News!
Between June 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, more than 400 businesses, foundations, and individuals gave their support to Durango School District 9-R through contributions and in-kind donations to D.E.F. The Durango community demonstrates their confidence in our work.
46 sponsors and 18 teams "linked up" for education at DEF's Tom Hartney Golf Tournament, May 15.  

Advocacy: DEF studies and articulates the issues facing public educators today. 


Engagement: DEF listens to educators' concerns and works for creative solutions to today's education challenges. 



Our work is made possible by the contributions of many.


We thank the enormous community of supporters

who have joined with us to give vitally needed help to the educators and students of Durango School District 9-R. 
Community Partner - July-August 2015