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: Climate Change, Food Systems, and Land & Water Stewardship. The Foundation’s general geographic focus is the western United States, with concentration in Washington State, Colorado and California.
We usually give general operating grants because we acknowledge that the best people to decide how to use our philanthropic dollars are those that are doing the actual work. Our general operating grants allow organizations to pursue new opportunities, respond to unexpected political or environmental events, hire key personnel, or buy stamps.
As we continue to evolve, we seek to strike a balance between providing meaningful support to the organizations we work with, while at the same time maintaining the ability to pursue new grant making opportunities. The Board of Directors recently decided to focus on providing catalytic start-up capital to newer organizations, or new projects within existing organizations in the form of three-year operating grants. We look to fund innovative solutions to big problems, and we seek trustworthy, inspiring teams to carry out that work.
As a foundation with a very small staff, we currently only accept proposals by invitation.
Kim Jordan, Co-founder, Chair of the Board and former CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has developed expertise at the intersection of business, the environment and community to create one of the most respected craft breweries and innovative businesses 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. In more than a quarter century 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.
Kim has been a director on many diverse Boards over the years including The Brewers Association, 1% for The Planet and The Governor’s Renewable Energy Authority Board. She serve on Boards where she believes her progressive business philosophy can make a difference on important issues, and participates on the Board of Governors for Colorado State University.
Now as the Executive Chair, Kim serves as a link between New Belgium’s highly competent and engaged management group and its Board of Directors. She continues to champion foundational aspects of New Belgium that make it a business role model with fresh thinking about progressive business practices and the marketplace of the future. Kim works to represent New Belgium, speaking with brewers, business people and legislators about the power of progressive business to make positive change in the world. Kim and her two sons launched the New Belgium Family Foundation in 2013 as a way to continue to express their commitment to social and environmental impact through mission-aligned investing and philanthropy.
Mariah McPherson is the Executive Director of the New Belgium Family Foundation. Mariah manages the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, overseeing both the Foundation's impact investment portfolio and grant making strategies.
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.