How We Invest
Gary Community Investments' leadership and staff work together to identify promising mission-aligned investment opportunities that span the full spectrum of capital, from philanthropic to near-market and market rate. We do not accept unsolicited grant or investment proposals.
Our Commitment to Transformative Investing
As GCI works to invest all of our assets into the community by approximately 2035, we are focused on transferring our corpus into high-performing organizations that have the power to create and sustain meaningful change. To ensure we are making the most transformative investments possible, we’ve developed the Transformative Impact Grid (TIGR), a visual tool to help us evaluate new opportunities, clarify expectations for investment results and report on outcomes.
This grid is reshaping GCI’s long-term investment strategy, serving as an internal guide to help ensure that the grants, program-related investments and for-profit investments we make have the power to achieve—and sustain—our mission. Learn more about how we are using the TIGR to evaluate potential investments and measure outcomes.
Identifying Investment Opportunities
We develop relationships with community partners that share our commitment to improving the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and their families. Our investment decisions are not made in isolation, but rather in the context of our entire Colorado investment portfolio and our overall mission. When using the TIGR to evaluate potential investments, we focus on sourcing investments opportunities that:
Improve outcomes for young children ages prenatal through five years old. Learn more about our School Readiness investment strategy.
Strategically align with one or more of our long-term outcome areas.
Create catalytic or systemic change for the benefit of Colorado’s low-income children and their families.
Build platforms or infrastructure that are essential for the long-term, durable success of our mission.
Support the long-term sustainability of an organization by attracting others sources of capital, creating partnerships and networks, and developing new investment structures.
Have the commitment and capacity to measure and report on impact so evidence can be built to support scaling.
In keeping with our commitment to supporting Colorado’s low-income children and their families, Gary Community Investments seeks to make durable, strategic investments in partners whose priorities align with our own. As a result, Gary Community Investments and The Piton Foundation no longer provides support to fundraising events. Educational convenings, such as conferences, that align with our priorities may be considered for financial support. We made this decision so that we are able to more intentionally direct our resources toward supporting efforts that generate measurable results without burdening nonprofit organizations’ operating costs.
Capital Market Investing
GCI is working with an investment advisor with deep experience in impact investing and integrating environmental, social and governance factors into the investment approach used to manage our market-rate investments. We are not soliciting market-rate investment ideas in this area at this time, but remain open to learning about new investment strategies that promise to expand opportunities for Colorado’s low-income children and families.