Aspen Community School receives $1 million boost |

Aspen Community School receives $1 million boost

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The Walton Foundation is the latest donor to the Aspen Community School’s campaign to expand its campus, contributing $1 million to the cause, the school announced Tuesday.

The gift brings the Aspen Community School campaign total raised to $2.6 million. The donation will be matched almost dollar for dollar by the state of Colorado, which has granted the school a $4.2 million Building Excellent Schools Today challenge grant, if the school can raise $4.9 million by May 1. The challenge grant is part of ACS’ overall campaign goal of $11.6 million to be raised by 2014.

“The Walton Family Foundation is a leader in supporting the national charter school movement and their generous gift is a powerful statement in recognition of the excellence at Aspen Community School,” Skye Skinner, executive director, said in a statement. “This gift elevates our campaign beyond our immediate school community and will, we hope, inspire others to get involved.”

Also, the school currently is hosting the “I Believe in Art” online auction to leverage its arts program to raise funds for the campaign. The auction, which features 90-plus original and unique artworks by contemporary artists, is on through March 22 at Shortly thereafter, the school will begin a “Bring Home the BEST” crowd-funding initiative.

More information on the fundraising campaign is available at and 970-923-4080.