Making an

We love it when
Plans come together

Ann Smead

Chairman of the Board of Directors

I remember being at the

Vail Valley Foundation offices on a snowy day in late 2018, soon after we had completed a successful Xfinity Birds of Prey. On that day I saw the VVF’s culture of energy and vitality on display. Without a pause, this talented staff had emerged from the races and immediately turned to a new set of challenges and preparations with a spirit of enthusiasm that only comes from those who are inspired by a vision for the future, and who have strong belief in the importance of the mission.

At the Vail Valley Foundation, we love it when plans come together. In this volume, we are proud to share with you how the plans we built together, with you, became a successful reality in 2019. Guided by community input, strong partnerships, steadfast volunteerism, and generous financial support from all of you, our VVF staff is once again at work to serve our community and raise quality of life for all.

As we look back, we can say with confidence that 2019 was a year of achievement across all three branches of our mission: arts, athletics, and education. In particular, however, I’d like to make special mention of the work of our education team at YouthPower365. New strategies and structure are allowing our teachers and coordinators to thrive, helping us keep young people on the path toward success.

Additionally, the organization hosted a very successful PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Education Conference in Beaver Creek. Years in the making, the event shined a spotlight on the incredible work being done, for every child every day, by our passionate staff and educators.

We look forward to the coming year, where we expect our Mountain Games project will continue to exceed all expectations and our arts and cultural offerings through the VPAC, the Ford Amphitheater, and the Vail Dance Festival will continue to be vibrant and diverse.

We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events or take part in one of our many programs. We send our heartfelt appreciation to each of you. It is your spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism that makes this community so unique.

2019 Vail Valley Foundation
Impact Statement

Mike Imhof


Welcome to the Vail Valley Foundation 2019 Annual Report.

Within this volume you will find inspiring words, images, information and financials that together represent the collective achievements across our mission in arts, athletics, and education.

You will also see something that we find perhaps most impressive of all: the names of thousands of individuals who have supported our work through donations, volunteerism, and sponsorship support. To all of you, we extend our deep and sincere gratitude.

Our impact

In the arts our organization hosted 156 performances and community events at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Performing Arts Center, including 12 Vail Dance Festival performances. Each of our arts venues and projects has their own intrinsic character and charm. Your support has allowed us to make our valley a world-renowned destination for dance, classical, theater, rock concerts and more.
Programs like STARS, Hot Summer Nights, ShowDown Town, and Community Arts Access ensure that everyone who lives in or visits our community has an opportunity to be a part of these phenomenal events and venues.

In athletics we were proud to showcase our community on the global stage via more than 670 million media impressions and 100,000 people on-site for our two major events. The GoPro Mountain Games grow by leaps and bounds each year. We are focused on maintaining the quality of the experience of each guest, athlete, volunteer, sponsor, and supporter. The same goals hold true for our Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races. Each year we host world-renowned ski champions in the only men’s FIS Ski World Cup race in America. More than one hundred million people experience our event from afar, via television, video, radio, newspaper, and internet.

Investing in the youth of our valley 365 days per year through our education nonprofit, YouthPower365, yields perhaps our greatest impact of all we do, and yet the hardest to capture in a number. Tens of thousands of students have benefited from our education work over more than three decades, many of whom are now contributing to their own communities across the USA, abroad, and right here at home. The success of our youth as they move into adulthood is a direct reflection of the positive impact our hard-working staff and teachers at YouthPower365 have on our community.

We look forward to working with you all again as we head into a promising 2020. The stories we share here and throughout our Annual Report are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’d like to know more about who we are, what we do, and how you can become a greater part of it, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you.

Thank you for helping us make a profound impact in our valley today, and tomorrow.

Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors 2019

2019 Vail Valley Foundation
Community Impact

$33.1 million
2019 overall Vail Valley Foundation economic impact in Eagle County
attended our events, programs and venues
1.2 billion
world-wide marketing and media impressions
local youth engaged in our programming and events
collective hours of service given by 1,258 volunteers

Vail Valley Foundation Citizen of the Year

Donna Giordano


For her many contributions to this community and beyond, Donna Giordano has been named the 2020 Vail Valley Citizen of the Year, one of the highest honors in the community.

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Vail Valley Foundation Volunteer of the Year


For his many contributions to multiple organizations in our community, this year, the Vail Valley Foundation announced that Tom Russo is the 2019 recipient of the Vail Valley Volunteer of the Year award.

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