My Echo Story: The Summit Foundation |

My Echo Story: The Summit Foundation

Lee Zimmerman, executive director

What makes Summit County nonprofits work? One of the elements of success is partnerships, as the issues facing children and families are too large for any one entity to adequately address.

Through a unique partnership between Vail Resorts Echo and The Summit Foundation, the foundation is able to do incredible things for Summit County residents and nonprofit organizations.

Over the past year, this partnership recognized over $150,000 in grants awarded to six programs that benefit children and families in Summit County. These funds support preschool programs at the school district and referral programs for parents seeking child care.

In addition, Summit County’s school-based health clinics have been awarded funds by the partnership with Vail Resorts Echo; as well as specific science, technology, engineering and math programming. The Summit County school-based health clinic program has been recognized as a model for the delivery of health care to our children.

In recognition of the difficult economic impact the community has encountered these past several years, funds have also provided for basic need assistance for families and to community assistance programs.

Much of the Vail Resort Echo contribution to the funding of the partnership comes from the donation of transferable ski privileges to The Summit Foundation. These transferable ski privileges provided complimentary by the ski areas are the cornerstone of the foundation’s fundraising efforts. The collaborative efforts of Vail Resorts Echo, The Summit Foundation and The Summit Foundation patron passholders make it possible for specific grants to be made that benefit children and families in Summit County.

Vail Resorts Echo aims to connect our communities to our efforts – from on-the-ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Learn more about VR Echo at

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