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.
Identifying Investment Opportunities
We are committed to developing 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. We focus on sourcing investment opportunities that incorporate many factors, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Strategic fit within one or more of our long-term outcome areas.
Creates catalytic or systemic change for the benefit of Colorado’s low-income children and their families.
Builds platforms or infrastructure that are essential to the long-term, durable success of our mission.
Supports the long-term sustainability of an organization by attracting other sources of capital, creating partnerships and networks, and developing new investment structures.
The commitment and capacity of an investee 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, beginning in 2015, Gary Community Investments and The Piton Foundation will no longer provide 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.