The New Belgium Family Foundation seeks to honor the regenerative potential of business through meaningful investing, philanthropy and advocacy
The New Belgium Family Foundation evaluates and administers grant making and investment in three broad areas: Inclusion through youth engagement and employee ownership; Stewardship through protection of natural resources; and Community through progressive transportation and sustainable agriculture. The Foundation’s general geographic focus is the western United States, with concentration in Washington State, Colorado and California.
Currently, we are only accepting invited proposals.
Kim Jordan, cofounder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment, and community to create one of the most successful corporations in America. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium's culture through progressive policies like employee ownership, open-book management, and philanthropic giving. Kim is on the board of the Brewer's Association and an ex officio board member of the Beer Institute. She is also a member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Renewable Energy Authority Board.
In her more than 20 years as an entrepreneur, Kim has spoken to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit, and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the bottom line. She is the visionary link, keeping New Belgium Brewing on a path of evolution to meet consumer needs of the future. Kim continues to extend her positive influence beyond New Belgium’s business borders with the efforts of the New Belgium Family Foundation.
Mariah McPherson is the Executive Director of the New Belgium Family Foundation. Mariah manages the direct investment and grantmaking portfolios, and works with our investment advisor to oversee the corpus.
Mariah's background is in sustainable investment research, shareholder activism, and non-profit/small business financial management. She earned her BA in International Studies and Environmental Studies at Colby College in Waterville, ME. Mariah resides in beautiful Boulder, CO where she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and gardening with her family.
Paul Hudnut is director of Colorado State University’s Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA program and teaches entrepreneurship and strategy classes. He has been an independent director at New Belgium Brewing Co. since 2006. In addition to his work with New Belgium and CSU, Paul serves on the board of Watsi, the Intermountain West Funders Network, and 10.10.10, and as an advisor to the Center for Collaborative Conservation and Bohemian Impact Investments.
At the Foundation, Paul has been a board member since its start in 2013 and is a member of the Investment Committee. He helps source and analyze investments and grants, as well as build relationships with other foundations and investors.
He moved to Colorado in 1976 because he likes to ski, bike, hike, fly fish and explore, and he’s not done yet.
Lucy Cantwell is a Board Member of the New Belgium Family Foundation and a member of the Investment Committee. She is also on the board of Exponent Philanthropy.
Prior to the New Belgium Family Foundation, Lucy worked in non-profits and art galleries in San Francisco, Chicago and New York, and graduated with Honors in Art History from Vassar College. She now is now pursuing an MBA at the University of Michigan.
Zak was born and raised in Northern Colorado, he spent time between agricultural and urban living. Growing up this way has allowed Zak to gain an intimate knowledge of the issues facing our natural lands. The proximity to open spaces only helped Zak foster a love and feeling of commitment to the land we reside upon. Zak hopes to help protect and leave natural areas, natural for future generations.
Growing up on the Northern Colorado Front Range has given Zak a lot of insight to the plight of farms and urban green spaces. Zak is most passionate about sustainable food sources and protecting our ecological supply chain. Taking classes through Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability has only highlighted how important this opportunity is to him.
Zak has two dogs Gunner and Zephyr, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog and a Black Lab. Between them and his wife they stay busy working in the garden or playing outside. Zak likes to fish, fly or spin cast (for those keeping score) and enjoy any time that he gets on the water. If Zak were to become a vegetable he thinks it would be asparagus; lean and spindly, comes back every year, oh so delicious and found everywhere!
Dick Cantwell grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has lived in many places in the United States and abroad, and in Seattle since 1990. In 1996 he co-founded Elysian Brewing Company. He has written books and articles on beer and brewing.