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Breakthrough Solutions that Expand Opportunity

Gary Community Ventures partners with our community to reshape the arc of opportunity for Colorado kids and families. We believe that business, policy and philanthropy can—and—should work together to solve the toughest problems facing our community. And, we’re committed to doing all we can to transform Colorado’s opportunity landscape by 2035.

As we listen with humility to our community, partners, and each other, we learn together to drive action that ensures School Readiness, Youth Success, and Family Economic Mobility. We dare to be bold, working urgently with our community and partners to deliver a future where all Colorado kids can grow up healthy and reach their full potential. We’re always looking for members of the community, nonprofit and for-profit partners, and policymakers to join us in solving tough problems.

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Growing, Building and Changing Breakthrough Solutions

At Gary we GROW, BUILD and CHANGE what’s possible for kids and families in Colorado. Where transformational solutions already exist, we help Grow them with our resources and partnership. Where solutions don’t yet exist, we Build them alongside the kids and families who need them the most. Where solutions are hindered by the rules of the game, we work to Change the policy landscape.

We’re not afraid to set and deliver on ambitious goals, but we never do it alone, which is why all of our ventures are joint ventures. From defining the problem to searching for the best solutions that grow, build and change the opportunity landscape, we’re co-creating every step of the way, leveraging our community’s insight, and a unique combination of business, policy and philanthropy to help kids and families thrive.

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Ensuring We All Make It Together

Sam and Nancy Gary built Gary Community Ventures on the foundational belief that there is no separation between a business and the community it operates within—that personal success is not true success unless it’s shared with the community that makes it possible. Acting on this conviction, Sam brought the same “wildcatter” spirit that made him a successful oilman to his work to help Colorado kids and families thrive.

We’re inspired by Sam and Nancy’s philosophy that business, policy and community leaders should leverage their human, social, political and financial capital to break down barriers to opportunity in their communities. Today, we’re honoring Sam’s legacy by carrying on his mission. As he said, “Nobody makes it unless we make it together.”

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Stories of Impact

Our joint ventures with our community deliver breakthrough solutions that help Colorado kids and families reach their full potential. Learn more about our impact below.

Rear View Of Family Standing Outside New Home On Moving Day Looking At House

COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project

Preventing mass evictions and homelessness during the pandemic.

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COVIDCheck Colorado

Creating safe schools throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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YES on Proposition EE Ballot Measure

Building a coalition to expand free preschool to every 4-year old.

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Together, we will create the change our community wants to see. Whether you want to discover more about our ventures, or connect with a member of our team, we want to hear from you.