Mission & Values - Gates Family Foundation

Mission & Values

Our Mission

We work with partners and communities to build a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable Colorado for all.

Our Vision

A vibrant and verdant Colorado where all people and communities thrive

Our Values

The legacy of the Gates family in Colorado is shaped by our founders’ commitment to expanding access to opportunity, particularly for young people, and to fostering a deep respect for nature. In 2021, the Gates Family Foundation staff and board articulated and adopted these five core values, which will carry the Foundation into the future:
  • Respect – We seek out diverse perspectives and listen with humility and a spirit of learning. 
  • Creativity – We harness all resources to find new approaches, support experimentation, and drive systemic, lasting solutions. 
  • Engagement – We partner, convene, collaborate, and lead to catalyze transformative change.
  • Place – We are deeply rooted in Colorado, with a long-term commitment to its people, communities, and civic capacity.
  • Equity – We prioritize individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized by addressing systemic barriers and creating pathways to opportunity.