Mission & Values

Our Mission

The Gates Family Foundation invests in projects and organizations which make a meaningful, positive impact in Colorado and enhance the quality of life for those living in, working in, and visiting the state. The Foundation promotes excellence, innovation, and self-sufficiency in public 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.

Our Values

The legacy of the Gates family in Colorado is shaped by core values and attributes that that the Gates Family Foundation staff and board continue to embrace and strive toward:
 

IMPACT

Excellence, Rigor, Outcome-Oriented, Data-Driven, Value-Add
 

INNOVATION

Creativity, Constructive Change or Disruption, Lifelong Learning
 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Self-Sufficiency, Self-Reliance, Intelligent Risk-Taking
 

RESPONSIBILITY

Citizenship, Commitment, Forward-Looking, Long-Term View
 

BALANCE

Natural Systems, Fairness, Bipartisanship, Respect
 

OPPORTUNITY

Equity, Inclusion, Aspiration, Optimism