Mission & Values - Gates Family Foundation

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:


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


Creativity, Constructive Change or Disruption, Lifelong Learning


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


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


Natural Systems, Fairness, Bipartisanship, Respect


Equity, Inclusion, Aspiration, Optimism