GATES FAMILY FOUNDATION RECORDS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The papers of the Gates Family Foundation range from 1956 to 2006. They mainly consist of requests from Colorado organizations to the Foundation for grants and the paperwork generated by the approval or denial of funds. All non-profit, the organizations vary from historical societies to groups helping addicts or troubled youth to Denver institutions such as the zoo and public television programs. Some out-of-state organizations made requests and were occasionally granted funds based upon philosophies that agreed with board members' beliefs or upon the benefits of the out-of-state organization for Colorado citizens. For example, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University received grant money to educate Colorado legislators.
Gates staff members save correspondence from applicants as well as copies of their own correspondence and notes about the organization. Reports generated by the applicants are included as well as reports created by the Foundation staff. Frequently, before-and-after photographs, correspondence and reports document the activities supported by the Gates Family Foundation.
The files include reports and correspondence from applicants as well as reports and notes created by the Foundation staff. Gates Family Foundation staff members actively investigated the organizations who applied for grants. Their reports contain details about the applicant organization, as well as insights into its finances and leadership. To qualify for a grant, the applicant needed to demonstrate stability, a clear need and the means to achieve its goals. The Foundation also often looked for proof of community support of projects with matching local, city, state and private funds.
The files include reports and correspondence from applicants as well as reports and notes created by the Foundation staff. Gates Family Foundation staff members actively investigated the organizations who applied for grants. Their reports contain details about the applicant organization, as well as insights into its finances and leadership. To qualify for a grant, the applicant needed to demonstrate stability, a clear need and the means to achieve its goals. The Foundation also often looked for proof of community support of projects with matching local, city, state and private funds. This series contains files donated in 2008 with some overlap with the dates and applicants included in series 1.
This series contains posters, drawings, diagrams, and site elevations for projects proposed to the Foundation.
This series contains three videotapes and one DVD. One videotape is about culture in Denver, another is about a fishing clinic held in Washington Park, and the third videotape and DVD is about Hayden, Colorado.
Before-and-after photographs of the projects funded by Gates Family Foundation comprise this series. The organizations represented in the images are located throughout Colorado. Most are philanthropic in nature.
The collection is open for research.
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Charles C. Gates was a recent honors graduate of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology when he arrived in Colorado in 1904 to work in the gold mines near Tincup. In 1910, at the age of 32, he settled in Denver. In 1911, Gates purchased Colorado Tire and Leather Company, which made Durable Tread, a leather band with metal rivets in it that could be attached to bald tires to restore traction and add miles of life. His brother John joined him in 1912. In 1961, Gates transferred the presidency of the company to his son, Charles C. Gates, Jr. By the time of its sale in 1996, the Gates Rubber Company, Denver, Colorado, had grown to be the largest non-tire rubber company in the world.
On November 6, 1946, Charles C. Gates, Sr., John G. Gates and other members of the Gates family incorporated the Gates Foundation in the State of Colorado. In 1995, the name was changed to Gates Family Foundation. With strong beliefs in healthy lifestyles and education, the family primarily aimed to invest in institutions, projects and programs that promote the health, well-being, security and education of those who live and work in Colorado.
Since its beginning, the Gates Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $177 million according to its 2007 annual report. Decisions about where to invest are made by the Board of Trustees within their established guidelines and upon the research and reports of their Program Officers.
1 audiovisual boxes
2 Oversize file folder
Other Finding Aids
The Gates Family Foundation donated materials in 1996, 2003, and 2008, and provided funding for processing the collection.
Number of Boxes: 73
Oversize Folders: 2
Number of AVBoxes: 1
Number of PhotoBoxes: 3
Roger L. Dudley
- Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- DVDs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Endowments --Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Gates Family Foundation -- Archives.
- Grant proposals. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Nonprofit organizations --Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Videotapes. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
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