Our Company supports the annual efforts of numerous local conservation and community organizations through millions of dollars in cash and in-kind donations and the hands-on volunteer service of our employees.
Fundraising for Forests
Since September 2006, our Company and the National Forest Foundation have raised more than $1.2 million that has gone directly to non-profit organizations for conservation projects in Colorado's White River National Forest and the National Forests of Lake Tahoe Basin. With the support of our guests, fundraising efforts continue at our five mountain resorts, lodging properties and golf courses.
Vail Resorts donated $100,000 to the Vail Valley Foundation in 2005 when the non-profit organization needed assistance in purchasing 72-acres of open space now known as the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards, Colorado. Today the land remains undeveloped and protected for local residents and visitors to enjoy year-round.
Our company annually supports the local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Foundation to protect the habitat of our region's native animals and plants. In funding these outstanding organizations, wetlands, forests and other wildlife areas are restored, managed and protected.
The Summit Foundation
Summit County, Colorado is home to our Breckenridge and Keystone resorts and also to more than 28,000 residents. Established in 1984 by Breckenridge Ski Resort, The Summit Foundation is a public community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities.
The Summit Foundation is a leader in building a legacy of generosity, supporting nonprofit organizations that foster art and culture, health and human services, education, environment, scholarships, sports and recreation. Since 1986, The Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants which have been distributed to more than 230 nonprofit organizations. Additionally, more than $1 million has been distributed in scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education.
A partnership established with Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort, Vail Mountain, and other local Colorado ski areas gives the Foundation the opportunity to generate significant revenues to return to community organizations. As a result of its partnership with these ski areas, sponsors, donors and volunteers, The Summit Foundation raises more than $1.3 million annually.
Keystone Science Center
Vail Resorts annually supports The Keystone Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop solutions to societal issues through the innovative use of deliberative frameworks, inclusive processes, and analytical scientific information. Through its education and public policy programs, The Keystone Center improves decisions about long-term issues by helping thought-leaders, teachers, students, and decision-makers effectively address technically complex and politically uncertain situations.