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Our History

It would be difficult to tell the story of the Vail Valley without the story of the Vail Valley Foundation. President Gerald R. Ford was among those who initiated the project as a way to unify the volunteer spirit and ‘big-idea’ mentality that helped the area mark its place on the international map. In 1981, the Vail Valley Foundation was formed, and has been an integral aspect of local life, culture, sport and education ever since.

Originally named the Vail Associates Foundation, and incorporated as a public charity, the Vail Valley Foundation was created for the purpose of “raising and distributing funds for charitable purposes through the organization of educational, cultural, historical, artistic and athletic performances, events and attractions for the education and benefit of the community.”  

Over the next two years, the name was shortened to the Vail Foundation. Then, in December 1983, the name was officially changed to the Vail Valley Foundation in order to “reflect the scope of activities within the Foundation that are directed at the entire Vail Valley area.”

Since those early days, the Vail Valley Foundation has continued to develop and produce programs, events and projects, all in support of the organization’s mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley by providing leadership in the arts, athletics, and education.   

The events, venues and programs that have developed from those efforts create lifelong connections between all who partake and have become a significant part what makes the Vail Valley such a special place to be.

Current projects:


Vail Dance Festival
Vilar Performing Arts Center
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


FIS Birds of Prey World Cup race week
EverBank America’s Winter Opening
GoPro Mountain Games



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