Vail Valley Foundation

The Vail Valley Foundation entered 2021 with a forward-thinking approach, always looking ahead to better times. Throughout the year, thanks to your support, volunteerism, and participation, we helped lead the way back to full-capacity events, venues, and programs in Eagle County and helped restore the overall well-being, activity, and economic vitality of our community.

2021 Vail Valley Foundation overall

2021 overall economic impact in Eagle County
attended our events, programs, and venues
youth served through education programs, STARS, and VVF events
collective hours of service given by 1,096 volunteers

Getting to know the
Vail Valley Foundation

2021 VVF staff

More than 60 full-time employees comprise the Vail Valley Foundation staff. Photo by Tom Boyd.

Before you dive into the Vail Valley Foundation 2021 Annual Report, ask yourself: ‘How much do I know about this unique organization?’

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley and showcase our community to a global audience through arts, athletics and education.

In the arts: We operate two performing arts centers, the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and we host the annual Vail Dance Festival. We also encourage exposure to the performing arts through programs like STARS at the VPAC and Community Arts Access, Dancing in the Streets, and Master Classes during the Vail Dance Festival. Magic of Lights Vail, too, is a project that we spearhead through a partnership between Vail Valley Foundation Events and Fun Guys Events. We are also the organization behind Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free summer concerts.

In athletics: Each December we host the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races and the summer Mountain Games (known as the GoPro Mountain Games) each June in Vail. In 2022, we will bring the Winter Mountain Games alive with a “preview” event, with a full-fledged Winter Mountain Games scheduled for 2023. Historically, we have hosted three Alpine World Ski Championships (1989, 1999 and 2015) and major cycling, mountain biking, snowboarding and other international sporting events.

In education: YouthPower365 is the education initiative of the Vail Valley Foundation. Our programs serve children from preschool age to career and college. The organization operates in virtually every school in Eagle County and helps youth reach their full potential. We serve thousands of youth every year, and we are with them every step of the way.

Areas of need: Beyond our core mission the Vail Valley Foundation always seeks to serve the community of which we are a part, even as those needs change and develop. Recently, we have accomplished this through initiatives like the VVF Community Fund, which provided $1.5 million in COVID-related relief to the community, the COVID-19 Private Sector Task Force, and the VVF Community Engagement Committee.

Learn more on our main website,