Gary Ventures


To bend the arc of opportunity

As the Certified B Corp of Gary Community Ventures, Gary Ventures uses policy change and market-driven solutions to help generations of Coloradans reach their full potential.

In business, we learn that a viable industrial economy requires capital investment. Likewise, our society requires sustained social investment to remain vital as we go about our daily business.”

Sam GaryGary Community Ventures Founder

Maximizing Long-term Sustainable Impact

When Sam and Nancy Gary created their foundation in 1976, they had no single issue or cause to which they were particularly devoted. As Sam once said, “We were interested in helping people in need. We wanted to reach out to them; to help bring positive change into their lives so they could gain better control over their own destinies.”

Through years of experience, they learned that philanthropy alone, would never be enough to achieve long-lasting sustainable impact in the community.

With the belief that business, policy and philanthropy can, and should, work together to create opportunities for those who need it most, they created Gary Ventures as a Certified B Corp in 2014.

Business Ventures for Good

Part of Sam Gary’s vision was to ensure that all our assets, whether philanthropic, below-market, or market-rate, ultimately will be managed in pursuit of our mission and values. To achieve this, we make creative mission investments that can improve the lives of Colorado’s children, while potentially yielding a financial return that can be used toward creating deeper positive impact in our community. The goal of our Mission Investment portfolio is to use our balance sheet to deliver clear and measurable outcomes in School Readiness, Youth Success, and Family Economic Mobility.

Learn more about our mission investments portfolio.

Policy Ventures for Positive Social Change

In order to create scalable, long-term solutions designed to impact generations of kids and families, sometimes the rules of the game simply need to change. Gary Ventures is uniquely positioned to join the coalition or lead the charge to change the policies, processes and systems that keep kids and families from the opportunities they deserve.

Explore our policy ventures.

Discover New Possibilities

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..