The History of the Durango Education Foundation
Founded in 1984 and originally named the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence, D.E.F. serves the students and teachers of Durango 9-R School District by funding programs, materials and technology outside the capacity of the regular School District budget. D.E.F. operates independently from the Durango School District 9-R as a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit; contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
With educational needs ever increasing and an anticipated $1.67 million budget shortfall in Durango School District 9R for 2014-15, the Foundation is striving to expand the organization's funding capacity in order to meet the expressed needs of teachers and students in the district.
D.E.F. is supported by individual and corporate donors as well as by other charitable funders. Almost 10% of annual revenue comes from contributions made by teachers and staff within School District 9R.