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1970

Highlights from this decade include the following:

1975 - Adolph Coors Foundation established by Bill and Joe Coors from the estate of Adolph Coors, Jr. The founding Board of Trustees included Bill, Joe, Jeff and Pete Coors. That same year, Gordon Jones was hired as the first Executive Director.
1976 - Colorado School of Mines was presented its first grant from the Foundation. To date, the Foundation has awarded Mines 66 grants totaling $11.3 million.
1977 - The Foundation received a bequest from the estate of Gertrude Steele Coors. With this bequest, Reverend Robert Windsor, Gertrude's grandson, joined the Board.
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1980

Highlights from this decade include the following:

1983 - Linda Tafoya joined the Foundation as Executive Director.
1983 - The Board adopted the vision for the Foundation, which helped set the stage for future giving.
1984 - The Foundation gave its first grant to the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), which provides skills training to low-income single parents to help them advance their careers. Since then, CWEE has received 20 grants from The Foundation totaling $365,000.
1988 - A gift made by Janet Coors was added to the Foundation's fund to endow the Herman F. Coors Professorial Chair at the Colorado School of Mines. The chair was established in honor of her late husband, who spent much of his career involved in the field of ceramics.
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1990

Highlights from this decade include the following:

1991 - The Foundation granted a $2 million economic development award to the Colorado State Fair Authority.
1991 - Joe Coors resigned from the Board of Trustees, and Ambassador Holland H. Coors joined the Board.
1992 - The Foundation received the American Optometric Association Apollo Award in recognition of its work to improve the lives of Colorado's children.
1993 - The Castle Rock Foundation was established to support national public policy organizations.
1994 - A gift from the Foundation made it possible for the Denver Museum of Natural History to acquire the "Alma King," a red translucent crystal that is the premier specimen of the Coors Mineral Hall at the Museum. Since the Foundation's inception, the Museum has received 16 gifts totaling $6.6 million.
1999 - Johnson & Wales opened the Denver campus with the assistance of a $3 million grant from the Foundation.
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2000

Highlights from this decade include the following:

2000 - Sally Rippey hired as Executive Director.
2003 - The Foundation gave $2 million to support the new Children's Hospital facility in Aurora. Since 1976, 12 grants totaling $2.6 million have been given to Children's Hospital Foundation.
2004 - Cecily Coors Garnsey and Melissa Coors Osborn joined the Board.
2008 - The Foundation helped fight, through its support of the Colorado Meth Project, one of the state's fastest growing public health and safety issues.
2008 - The Foundation supported the Boy Scouts of America's launch of the Urban Scouting Program targeting at-risk youth in the city. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded the Boy Scouts of America 42 grants totaling $4.1 million.
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2010

Highlights from this decade include the following:

2010 - The Foundation revisited its vision and renewed its commitment to carry out the intent of its donors.
2010 - A $500,000 lead gift from the Foundation to Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement helped launch Igniting the American Spirit project.
2011 - The Foundation's historic interest in Integrative Medicine was rekindled with a $2 million, multi-year giving project designed to bring the best evidence-based integrative medicine projects into the medical mainstream. This initiative was complemented by a generous gift from Rita and Bill Coors.
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