Gates Family Foundation

The mission of the Gates Family Foundation is to invest in projects and organizations which have meaningful impact in Colorado primarily through capital grants and Foundation initiatives that enhance the quality of life for those living in, working in and visiting the state.  The Foundation seeks to promote excellence, innovation and self-sufficiency in education, healthy lifestyles, community enrichment, connection to nature and stewardship of the state’s natural inheritance.  The Foundation’s actions will remain consistent with the founders’ intentions and the principles of citizenship, entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

The Gates Family Foundation initiates funding activity in four concentrated funding areas: P-12 Education and Natural Resources, with a secondary emphasis on Rural Communities and Smarter, Greener, Healthier Urbanism. Strategies and approaches will be continually adapted in these areas, but the Foundation expects to maintain a commitment to these initiatives over time. Initiatives will constitute about 50% of the Foundation’s grant making. It should be noted that initiatives are characterized by a portfolio approach to grant making that allows the Foundation to pursue ambitious, large-scale outcomes.

Please note that Gates initiative grant funding is not an opportunity for ongoing operating or program support, nor does the Foundation accept unsolicited proposals for funding in these areas.

Contact Gates Family Foundation

Thomas A. Gougeon
1390 Lawrence Street
Denver, Colorado  80204-2081
Phone: (303) 722-1881
Fax: (303) 316-3038


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Colorado

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