What we do


For Future Generations

In partnership with our community, we aim to ensure School Readiness, Youth Success and Family Economic Mobility.

I find it compelling to see if there’s some way that I can share the opportunities that I’ve sort of taken for granted in my life and try to facilitate opportunities for other people who, really through no fault of their own, have not had the same advantages.”

Sam GaryFounder

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity and Delivering Transformational Results

As the legacy of Colorado philanthropists Sam and Nancy Gary, we use our foundation, Gary Philanthropy, to provide grants and build new ventures that result in breakthrough solutions for Colorado kids and families, while our B Corp, Gary Ventures, makes mission investments and supports policy change to help generations of Coloradans reach their full potential.

Our combined mission is to partner with our community to leverage business, policy and philanthropy, to reshape the arc of opportunity for Colorado kids and families. As we work to break down the biggest barriers to opportunity, we deliver scalable, long-term solutions that will ensure School Readiness, Youth Success and Family Economic Mobility for all Colorado kids and families—now and for generations to come.

Ensuring School Readiness

Because all kids deserve a foundation for a healthy life, we expand quality early learning and increase family supports to help young children thrive. To learn more about our approach to ensure, School Readiness click here.

See how the solutions below have expanded opportunity for kids and families.

A boy of mixed race smiles while he types at the computer and wears headphones.

Learn Start II

Creating the Largest, most detailed pipeline of global education technology companies.

Denver Preschool Program

Pioneering childhood education in Colorado.

YES on Proposition EE Ballot Measure

Building a coalition to expand free preschool to every 4-year-old in the state

Guaranteeing Youth Success

Because all kids need the skills to chart their own future, we increase literacy and self-sufficiency skills while also improving youth mental health. To learn more about our approach to guarantee Youth Success, click here.

See how the solutions below have expanded opportunity for kids and families.

The RISE Fund

Helping academic institutions rebound from the COVID crisis and create equitable innovations to improve student learning.

COVIDCheck Colorado

Creating safe schools for students, teachers and staff during the pandemic.

Increasing Family Economic Mobility

Because all families should have the resources to raise thriving children, we develop solutions to help families grow income, cut expenses and build wealth. To learn more about our approach to increase Family Economic Mobility, click here.

See how the solutions below have expanded opportunity for kids and families

Female Owner Of Start Up Coffee Shop Or Restaurant Turning Round Open Sign On Door

Apis & Heritage

Helping workers of color own their own futures.

Urban Land Conservancy

Leveraging valuable real estate to create equitable communities in Colorado.

Tax Help and Get Ahead Colorado

Increasing access to free tax preparation services and tax credits for families.

We’re always looking for the next breakthrough solution to help kids and families thrive.

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.