The New Belgium Family Foundation was created by the co-founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing Company, Kim Jordan, at the end of 2012 after NBBC became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by NBBC that put thoughtful corporate governance, environmental stewardship, and consideration for the communities in which they work at the fore.
The Foundation seeks to embody these values, and build on their legacy. To that end, we have internal commitments to collaboration, transparency, and trust in and respect for our grantees. We believe that embracing a certain amount of risk and the possibility that some of our grantees and investments could fail is an important part of our work supporting innovation.
With those values in mind, we support thoughtful organizations working on sustainable agriculture, alternative transportation, renewable energy, and youth engagement. We make grants to non-profits working on those issues - unrestricted support whenever possible - and make direct investments and/or Program Related Investments into aligned for- or non-profits as well. Investments that are working to improve job quality for their employees or working towards worker ownership get favorable attention. We do not make grants to for-profit companies. For more information, please see the tab labeled The Work.
We are working on these issues because of the personal connection we have to each of them. Similarly, we focus on the areas in which our Board members live - the Colorado Front Range, around Puget Sound, and the Bay Area.