Purpose

The New Belgium Family Foundation seeks to honor the regenerative potential of business through meaningful investing, philanthropy and advocacy.

Approach

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 a concentration in 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.

Process

As a foundation with a very small staff, we currently only accept proposals by invitation. To read more about our grant making process and submit an inquiry, please use this link.

The Team