Colorado Gives Day

Dear Friend:

Here’s why Great Education Colorado is my organization.

I joined the board two years ago because I believe that strong public schools are the backbone of our communities and our democracy.  I wanted to be part of the organization that is firmly grounded in providing schools with the resources they need to play that role successfully.  I couldn’t be prouder to be the Chair of the Board of Directors of this organization that has catalyzed and shepherded the movement to ensure that Colorado finally invests wisely, adequately and equitably in our students, teachers and schools.

If you share my belief in public education, then Great Ed is yourorganization, too.  But don’t just take my word for it:

“There is no doubt in my mind that the day will come when public schools in Colorado are known as the best in the nation.  I also know that the stronger that Great Education Colorado is, the sooner that day will come.”

Cary Kennedy, Former State Treasurer

“It’s never been more important to have a strong organization like Great Ed to pull together stakeholders, to engage the community in important conversations about what our kids deserve from public education and to move us from bystanders to activists.”

Kathy Plomer, Adams 12 Five-Star Board of Education Member

“Whether you’re passionate about special education, STEM, gifted & talented education, early childhood education, or another area, we can only achieve our dreams with adequate resources.  Great Ed is at the forefront of the movement to ensure that allstudents have the resources they need to succeed.”

Bret Miles, Executive Director, Northeast BOCES

“Great Ed advocates effectively for adequate and equitable funding, as well as for inclusive budgeting so that the voices of underserved populations are heard and heeded. That is the path to a successful future for every child.”

Mike Ferrufino, President & CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

On behalf of the students of Colorado who depend on a strong, sustainable Great Education Colorado, I’m asking you not just to acknowledgeit as your organization, but to adopt it through your year-end giving.  Your generous gift will make it possible for Great Ed to continue its critical and unparalleled work in empowering citizens and building an effective, inclusive movement that makes things happen.  

I hope you’ll join me in making sure ourorganization stays strong, so all Colorado’s students, teachers and schools can thrive.


Josh Benninghoff
Chair, Great Education Colorado