No one sector alone has the power to create the opportunities our community deserves. That’s why we leverage resources across business, policy and philanthropy to reshape the arc of opportunity for Coloradans.

In our activities we look for opportunities to be a catalyst in the formation of ventures that combine the resources and talents of the public and private sector.”

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Combining the power of business, policy and philanthropy

Our founders Sam and Nancy Gary have always believed that business, policy and philanthropy can—and—should work together to solve the toughest challenges facing our community.

That’s why we use the power of markets to make impact investments in mission driven organizations, advocate for new policies that expand opportunity, provide grants to support high impact solutions, and build new social change solutions through our venture studio. In partnership with our community, we bring these tools together to deliver a future full of possibility and unlimited potential for Colorado kids and families.

Impact Investments

By tapping into the power of markets and market actors, nationally and locally, we can advance breakthrough solutions that improve School Readiness, Youth Success, and Family Economic Mobility. To do this we make impact investments in mission-based organizations dedicated to both social and financial impact.

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This inaugural convening assembled national leaders around a central purpose: to advance innovations and investments in housing affordability.

Dearfield Fund

In two years, Dearfield has invested more than $9 million in first-time Black homebuyers, leading to the purchase of 175 homes.

Apis & Heritage

A&H is attacking the racial wealth gap with an employee-led buyout approach at companies with large workforces of color

Policy & Advocacy

Breaking down barriers to opportunity often requires dismantling systems and policies that perpetuate racial oppression and inequity. We use our policy arm, Gary Advocacy, to invest in comprehensive policies, a thriving policy ecosystem and ongoing improvement of public systems in order to create transformational policies at the state and local level.

Denver Preschool Program

Pioneering childhood education in Colorado.

Making Colorado Affordable With Prop 123

Increasing affordable housing through a historic ballot measure.

Family Affordability Tax Credit

Ensuring Colorado is more affordable and equitable to raise children through HB-1311.


We provide grants to nonprofit organizations that have a focus in our outcome areas and a commitment to advancing the promise and potential of kids and families from low-income backgrounds and BIPOC communities in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, and/or Jefferson counties.


Colorado Pay It Forward Fund

Colorado philanthropy backs outcomes-based loans that tie repayment to wages. 

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Collaborative Healing Initiative Within Communities

A proposed legislative study seeks to better understand the impacts of racisms in housing, wealth gap and education.

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STAND for Children Colorado & Center High School

In 2019 Center High School saw its graduation rates drop to the lowest in the state With funding to support its 9th grade success program, grad rates are now among the highest.

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New Ventures

If there’s a need that’s not being met or a challenge that requires a fresh approach, we’ll work alongside the kids and families most impacted to pilot a new solution together through our Venture Lab. Piloting new solutions is not new for us—in fact, Sam and Nancy Gary pioneered some of Colorado’s highest impact for-profit and nonprofit solutions. 

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New online tool helps Coloradans quickly determine which public benefits they might be eligible for.

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My Spark Denver

My Spark Denver launches to provide DPS middle school students with $1,000 to participate in afterschool activities.

The Dearfield Fund

Closing the racial wealth gap through homeownership.

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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.