GFF Activity

Read more about these exciting projects that the Gates Family Foundation has recently supported.

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Nate Easley – a Denver Public Schools graduate, former school board president and current head of the Denver Scholarship Foundation – will join Blue School Partners as its first CEO in October.

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Rural community movie theaters seeking to enter the 21st century of film still have time to apply for a state grant program, which could bring $10,000 to $30,000 toward the cost of new digital equipment.

Staff additions and advancements will support impact in focus areas of public education, natural resources, and community development.

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GFF grantee Luminary Learning Network was highlighted in a Progressive Policy Institute report on Denver Public Schools progress as a portfolio district

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Gates grantee The Nature Conservancy teams up with Grand Valley Water Users Association to pilot a new approach to demand management in western Colorado.

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Pueblo, Aurora, and Denver launch innovation zones, granting schools additional flexibility to test new approaches to increase student achievement

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Lake County School District no longer on the clock under the Colorado Department of Education’s accreditation rating

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Stream management planning efforts supported by the Gates Family Foundation provide a model for the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s $25M request to expand, amplify efforts statewide.

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Rocky Mountain Prep and DSST negotiate expansion into Aurora Public Schools

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Over 86,000 acres of land in Southeast Colorado have recently been preserved through conservation easements on two large ranches by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), with support from the Gates Family Foundation Focus Landscape Program. These successes were highlighted in a recent Denver Post article, emphasizing the role of conservation easements in preserving rural ranching and agricultural economies, conserving healthy regional ecosystems, and maintaining scenic views and open space.

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The City of Fort Collins has been looking at ways to augment in-stream flows on the Poudre River for decades, and the vision is now closer to becoming a reality. Working with parties like the City of Greeley, Northern Water, and local irrigators, a recent effort by GFF grantee, the Colorado Water Trust, would allow water-rights holders to use the augmentation plan provisions of state water law to dedicate water to healthy river flows. The City Council vote was covered in a recent Coloradoan article.

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Improving community health outcomes through transit equity has been a focus of Mile High Connects (MHC) since its formation in 2011, and MHC’s collaborative work in this arena was recently highlighted as a successful model in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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The High Line Canal in a 71-mile linear greenway that extends from the foothills to the plains in metro Denver along an historic irrigation canal. The High Line Canal Conservancy (HLCC) was formed in 2014 to support comprehensive planning and coordinated management to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. 

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Gates grantees PlaceMatters and WalkDenver recently collaborated on a multi-layered, community-based initiative to engage residents in identifying barriers and imagining solutions to create a more pedestrian and bike friendly street environment on West Colfax Avenue in Denver. The effort culminated in a highly-attended Re-Imagine Colfax Celebration on August 16th featuring live music, food trucks, information booths, a bike lane demonstration/ research project and other pop-up street improvements, such as games, planters, public art, benches, and parklets (see a video of event highlights).

GFF grantee Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has been working for the past three years to develop a market mechanism to avoid and/or ameliorate the possible listing of the sage grouse as a federally endangered species through a Payment for Ecosystem Services model that may have broader applications in the state and nationally.

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29 metro area public schools received awards in 2015 for outstanding success serving large numbers of low-income students.  $500,000 was distributed among the award winners.

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Projects underway in North Park, southeast Colorado, the Upper Colorado River headwaters region and the San Luis Valley

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 Foundation partners with the Trust for Public Land to support parks and green space in underserved neighborhoods

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GFF continues investing in the revitalization of Colorado's rural main streets by supporting rural theaters

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PRI support for the launch of ResourceSmart for Nonprofits

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Valerie Gates receives award recognizing her dedication to cultivating young talent through the Future Conservation Leaders Fellowship program

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QCap Funds are a Great Resource for ECE Capital Improvements

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Expanding open space and trail connections in Mesa County’s Monument Road corridor

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Individuals Selected for the Harvard Kennedy School - State and Local Government Program

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GFF supports expansions of innovative urban agriculture projects

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Building the leadership pipeline for education and social reform.

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The Gates Family Foundation makes a $4 million commitment to the Colorado Impact Fund

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“Request for Water” program provides for acquisition of short term water leases

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Through changes to its instructional model and better supports to existing staff and school leaders, Lake County School District has an innovative plan for improving school performance

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Recruiting a sufficient number of talented teachers and school leaders is one of the biggest barriers to starting high-quality and improving low-performing schools.  Foundation grantees are working to address these challenges in Denver and other Colorado school districts.

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Unprecedented coalition of groups commits to conserving cultural and historic legacy

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Closing the achievement gap for high poverty students - organizations receive Foundation support for their work to engage parents and community members in education advocacy and policy work

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The South Platte River trail stretches 28.5 miles and connects communities from Englewood to Henderson along a multipurpose urban greenbelt.  The Gates Family Foundation is continuing its long-term support for South Platte River revitalization efforts through projects featured in the Greenway Foundation’s River Vision Implementation Plan [click here to read article], including Johnson Habitat Park and involvement in planning for the revitalization of the Sun Valley neighborhood.

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Landscape scale conservation effort underway

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GFF facilitates conservation and protection of scenic properties in Mesa County

 

 

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Gates continues to support independent media coverage of natural resource and rural community issues

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On December 16, 2014, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and a variety of local and national partners announced that the Denver Transit Oriented Development Fund (the TOD Fund) is expanding its focus to cover the seven county Denver metro area. The TOD Fund, which supports the acquisition of sites in proximity to rail stations and high-frequency bus corridors for affordable housing and other community-serving uses, has financed the acquisition and development of eight sites to date within the City and County of Denver.  The Gates Family Foundation has made a $1 million Program Related Investment commitment to the expanded regional fund.  Read announcement for more details about the regional TOD Fund.

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Grant-making Partnership Supports Rural Theater Technology

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Additional GFF support will expand the impact of a key leader in sustainable agriculture