About Us

The people, communities, and natural resources of Colorado are the inspiration behind the 72-year legacy of philanthropy continued at the Gates Family Foundation. Since its creation in 1946, the Foundation has evolved from a corporate and community well-being initiative of the Gates Rubber Company, to a private family foundation known for its capital grantmaking, to its current iteration as a multi-faceted strategic partner active in the fields of education, natural resources, and community development.

Mission & Values

Learn more about what we stand for, and why we exist.

How to Apply

Whether you’re seeking a grant or a Gates Fellowship, all the details — including deadlines, priorities, exclusions, and other details — are here.

Contact Us

See a map and directions to our office in LoDo, or reach out to a staff member via phone or email.

Hover Building

Our historic office building provides a welcoming, shared space for many Gates grantees and community groups.

History & Legacy

Colorado offered Charles C. Gates Sr. a place to establish a business and raise his family. In return, the Gates Family Foundation has been the vehicle through which the family has given back to the state.

Annual Report

Coming in March 2019: Our staff and board members will spotlight 2018 work and trends in strategic impact areas that are vital to Coloradans’ quality of life — educational equity, natural resources, and vibrant communities.