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D.E.F. was founded in 1984 as the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence; the organization name was changed to Durango Education Foundation in October, 2013. It is a federally designated 501(c)3 charity governed by a Board of Trustees. Advisors to the board include Durango School District 9R administrators, Durango 9R School Board members,  and others as appropriate. Day-to-day operations are managed by a full-time Executive Director. Trustees take an active part in D.E.F. efforts; meet the people on our Committees and our School Liaisons.


IRS 501(c)3 Confirmation Letter

Financial Policy (Amended 2019)


The Economic Research Institute publishes 990s for nonprofits. Their information

comes directly from the IRS and is posted without any changes.

All 990 Forms 2007-Present

Additional financial and governance documents are available upon request. Please contact us to request these.


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