Grantee Spotlight: Impact on Education

The work of the Impact on Education Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools – a grantee of Community Foundation Boulder County – comes down to three “pillars.”
“We build support for public education, and we provide opportunities and overcome barriers for all our students,” says Allison Billings, Executive Director. “We’re also helping the BVSD to evolve, innovate, and bring best practices to all our schools.”
Specifically, the wide-ranging projects and programs of the Louisville-based, independent nonprofit – from Classroom Innovation Grants to an Opportunity Fund – impact more than 31K local students and 4K educators each school year. 
“Our Opportunity Fund is one way to increase student achievement, create opportunities, and build support for the school district,” continues Allison. “It enables each of the schools in the BVSD community to reduce the economic barriers of their students that would otherwise prevent them from participating in extracurricular activities.
“Additionally, our Classroom Innovation Grants empower BVSD educators – from Pre-K through high school – to explore unique instructional tools that positively impact student learning and engagement in their classrooms.”
According to Allison, some 80 educators – comprising both individual teachers and collaborative teams – are engaged as Classroom Innovation grantees every year. 
Further helping to close the achievement gap – which, in the BVSD, is one of the largest in the state – is Impact on Education’s Crayons to Calculators program. “It’s a collaborative school supply drive,” explains Allison. “Crayons to Calculators ensures that all students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts – no matter who you are, and regardless of financial circumstances – have the tools they need to succeed.” 
With countywide community and business involvement, more than 11K backpacks full of supplies are distributed to students each year.