Our Structure

Uniquely Structured For


To ensure that all our resources are used to create maximum impact in our community, we have three distinct entities that allow us to combine the power of business, policy and philanthropy.

We hope to demonstrate that our economic endeavors and our community aspirations not only can be, but must be, inter-dependent.

Sam GaryGary Community Ventures Founder

Gary Philanthropy

As the private foundation of Gary Community Ventures, Gary Philanthropy provides grants to nonprofit organizations and new venture pilots designed to create long-lasting sustainable change.

Our commitment to delivering the most impact by 2035 requires us to be strategic in our grantmaking as we focus on opportunities that will result in the greatest impact for children and families in our four counties while simultaneously looking for new ventures to drive broad systems change statewide.Learn more about our grantmaking and Venture Lab.

Gary Ventures

Through years of experience, Sam & Nancy Gary learned that philanthropy alone, would never be enough to achieve long-lasting sustainable impact in the community. 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 use Gary Ventures to make a handful of creative impact 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 Impact 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 >

Gary Advocacy

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 Advocacy is uniquely positioned to invest in a thriving policy ecosystem and ongoing improvement of public systems in order to create transformational policies at the state and local level.

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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..