Who We Are
Gary Community Investments, which includes the Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families.
We believe that business and philanthropy can, and should, work together to create opportunities for those who need it most. By aligning all of our assets with our mission, we make creative investments that may not only yield a financial return, but can also improve the lives of Colorado’s children.
Why We Exist
- Sam Gary, founder, Gary Community Investments and The Piton Foundation
Since The Piton Foundation was founded nearly 40 years ago, we have been making philanthropic investments across Colorado in an effort to improve the lives of low-income children. Through our experience as an operating foundation, we have learned that philanthropy alone is not enough. Overcoming persistent issues of inequality and lack of opportunity require a new way of thinking and investing that combines business and philanthropy. To help facilitate this collaboration and bring about the change that is needed, we created Gary Community Investments so we can leverage a full spectrum of financial tools to help address the issues facing Colorado’s low-income children and their families.
Unlike most foundations, GCI does not seek to exist in perpetuity. By approximately 2035, we intend to fully invest all of our financial assets into community and business vehicles focused on solving the challenges facing Colorado’s low-income families. To achieve this goal, GCI is taking a total portfolio approach to investing, aligning all of our assets with our mission, regardless of whether an investment is made using philanthropic, market-rate or near market-rate capital.
Vision, Mission & Values
Gary Community Investments, which includes the Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, invests all of our philanthropic, near market-rate and market-rate capital in pursuit of our vision. We recognize that our vision is an ambitious one, but we believe that seeking new solutions to help low-income children and their families is the way forward for Colorado.
All children in Colorado have the opportunity to grow up healthy and become productive members of their communities.
Gary Community Investment Company: To improve the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and families by investing in quality early childhood and youth development systems and expanding sustainable economic opportunities.
The Piton Foundation: To improve the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and families by increasing access to quality early childhood and youth development opportunities and by fostering healthy family and community environments.
Taking Smart Risks
Working Together and Engaging Community
OUR COMMITMENT TO COLORADO
While The Piton Foundation historically concentrated the majority of its investments within the city and county of Denver, Gary Community Investments has an expanded focus. We make investments throughout the greater metro Denver region with an emphasis on lower-income neighborhoods. Our model for employing for-profit and philanthropic funding enables us to create opportunities for low-income families living in a broader geographic region, allowing us to help even more children in need. In addition, investments in companies, policy and systems change may be directed across Colorado.