Mission & Values - Gates Family Foundation
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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

Our values are based on our steadfast belief in respecting and seeking diverse perspectives; being creative in driving systemic, lasting solutions; collaborating to catalyze transformative change; creating pathways of opportunity for all and being committed to Colorado’s people and communities.

Our core values include a strong belief in the importance of innovation, citizenship, free enterprise, self-reliance, the pursuit of excellence, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our Foundation’s founders and their descendants have always been committed to expanding access to opportunity, particularly for young people, and to fostering a deep respect for nature. Our culture is proud to be fueled and inspired by these values:


We seek out diverse perspectives and listen with humility and a spirit of learning.


We harness all resources to find new approaches, support experimentation, and drive systemic, lasting solutions.


We partner, convene, collaborate, and lead to catalyze transformative change.


We are deeply rooted in Colorado, with a long-term commitment to its people, communities, and civic capacity.


We prioritize individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized by addressing systemic barriers and creating pathways to opportunity.