About Our Foundation

The Foundation supports organizations that promote the western values of self-reliance, personal responsibility and integrity. We believe these values foster an environment where entrepreneurial spirits flourish, helping Coloradans reach their full potential. The Foundation places a high priority on programs that help youth to prosper, encourage economic opportunities for adults and advance public policies that reflect our nation’s founding principles.

Our grant-making places a premium on entrepreneurship. Specifically, our traditional areas of support include one-to-one mentoring programs for youth, paid on-the-job training, and a variety of self-help initiatives. The Foundation also has an interest in bringing integrative medicine into the medical mainstream. In each of its giving areas, the Foundation seeks evidenced-based results.

Our Vision

Bill Coors, Early Pioneer in Integrative Medicine
Our Vision for a Better America

This is the kind of country our foundation would like to help America become:

We are a healthy people because we understand the importance of lifestyle behaviors and spiritual and mental well-being. Because of the wise application of this knowledge, our healthcare costs are shrinking. All Americans are educated, particularly in the wisdom of the free enterprise system, traditional Judeo-Christian values and the rule of law. We apply this in our respect for others, and our successful pursuit of prosperity and happiness.

We value our culture, history and creativity.

People in need have the opportunity to restore and rehabilitate themselves in order to realize their full potential and lead prosperous lives. Democracy prevails, while government is limited to the protection of constitutional rights and national defense. Adopted by the Adolph Coors Foundation board of trustees in 1989.

Our History

The Beginning

1975

The BeginningAdolph Coors Foundation, established by Joe and Bill Coors from the estate of their father, Adolph Coors, Jr. The founding Board of Trustees includes Bill, Joe, Jeff and Pete Coors. Bill Coors serves as Board Chair until 2004. Gordon Jones is the first Executive Director.
School of Mines

1976

School of MinesColorado School of Mines is presented its first grant from the Foundation. To date, the Foundation has awarded CSM over 100 grants totaling more than $14 million.
Gertrude Steele Coors

1977

Gertrude Steele CoorsThe Foundation receives a bequest from the estate of Gertrude Steele Coors. With this bequest, Reverend Robert Windsor, Gertrude’s grandson, joins the Board.
Linda Tafoya

1983

Linda TafoyaThe Board promotes Linda Tafoya to Executive Director.
A Vision for the Foundation

1983

A Vision for the FoundationThe Board adopts a vision for the Foundation which helps set the stage for future giving.
Goodwill Industries of Denver

1985

Goodwill Industries of DenverThe Foundation grants $100,000 for the purchase and renovation of a facility to better accommodate a wide variety of programs employing and benefitting the disabled. Since then, Denver Goodwill has received 9 grants totaling over $387,000.
Regis University

1986

Regis UniversityThe Foundation grants $750,000 for construction of Life Directions Center – a wellness center for students and faculty.
Janet Coors

1988

Janet CoorsA gift made by Janet Coors is 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.
New Board Member

1991

New Board MemberAmbassador Holland H. Coors joins the Board of Directors, replacing Joe Coors, Sr.
Colorado State Fair

1991

Colorado State FairThe Foundation grants a $2 million economic development award to the Colorado State Fair Authority.
Apollo Award

1992

Apollo AwardThe Foundation receives the American Optometric Association Apollo Award in recognition of its work to improve the lives of Colorado’s children by implementing vision screening in elementary schools.
Castle Rock Foundation

1993

Castle Rock FoundationThe Castle Rock Foundation is established to support national public policy organizations that preserve our country’s democratic principles, ensure a limited role for government, promote understanding of the free enterprise system and encourage personal responsibility and leadership.
Educational Options for Children (EOC)

1993

Educational Options for Children (EOC)The Foundation initiates EOC to award partial scholarships to low-income families so their children can attend a school of choice. The program continued through 2009.
Alma King Crystal

1994

Alma King CrystalA gift from the Foundation makes it possible for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 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.
Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

1997

Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference CenterThe Center receives a $75,000 grant for construction of a children’s museum to provide hands-on educational and artistic learning opportunities.
Johnson & Wales

1999

Johnson & WalesJohnson & Wales opens the Denver campus with the assistance of a $3 million grant from the Foundation.
Sally Rippey

2000

Sally RippeyThe Board of Trustees promotes Sally Rippey to Executive Director.
Children's Hospital

2003

Children's HospitalThe Foundation gives $2 million to support the new Children’s Hospital facility in Aurora. Since 1976, 15 grants totaling $2.6 million have been given to Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Peter H. Coors Becomes President and Chairman of the Board

2004

Peter H. Coors Becomes President and Chairman of the Board
New Board Members

2004

New Board MembersCecily Coors Garnsey and Melissa Coors Osborn join the Board.
Eureka! McConnell Science Museum

2007

Eureka! McConnell Science MuseumThe Foundation makes its first grant to Eureka! McConnell Science Museum, a year-round math and science education program for students on Colorado’s western slope. Since 2007, the Foundation has given over $86,000 to this program.
Wray Rehabilitation and Activities Center

2008

Wray Rehabilitation and Activities CenterThe Foundation gives a $12,500 grant to the Activities Center for a therapy pool. The Center received its first grant in 1989 and has since received more than $95,000 in grants.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

2008

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro DenverThe Foundation makes a $150,000 capital grant for the construction of a new club in Brighton.
John Jackson

2009

John JacksonJohn Jackson, long-time consultant for the Castle Rock Foundation, becomes Executive Director.
Revisiting Our Vision

2010

Revisiting Our VisionThe Foundation revisits its vision and renews its commitment to carry out the intent of its donors.
Junior Achievement

2010

Junior AchievementA $500,000 lead gift from the Foundation to Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement helps launch Igniting the American Spirit. Ignite received national attention and ultimately transformed JA’s approach to working in the schools.
Bill and Rita Coors

2011

Bill and Rita CoorsBill and Rita Coors donate $10 million in support of the Foundation’s work to advance evidence-based research on integrative medicine.
Integrative Medicine

2011

Integrative MedicineThe Foundation’s historic interest in integrative medicine is rekindled with projects designed to bring evidence-based integrative medicine into the medical mainstream.
Castle Rock Foundation

2011

Castle Rock FoundationAt the end of fiscal year 2011, Castle Rock Foundation merges with the Adolph Coors Foundation.
Veterans Integration Program

2013

Veterans Integration ProgramThe Foundation makes a $300,000 grant for the ACF-initiated Veterans Integration Program, a veterans job placement program now housed at Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence.
Save Our Youth

2013

Save Our YouthThe ACF-funded school-based Mentor Mrachek Project, a Save Our Youth program, enters its third year of supporting and preparing students to be successful in high school. The Foundation gave a total of $693,500 over a four-year period.
New Location

2014

New LocationAdolph Coors Foundation opens its new building and moves into its permanent headquarters at 215 St. Paul Street in Denver.
Thomas A. Roe Award

2014

Thomas A. Roe AwardJeff Coors receives State Policy Network’s Thomas A. Roe Award for his work in advancing free market philosophy at the state level.
Bridge House

2015

Bridge HouseAdolph Coors Foundation makes its preliminary grant to Bridge House, a work-first self-sufficiency program. The Foundation has given over $1.75 million to date.
New Board Members

2017

New Board MembersCarin Coors Bremer and Christina Coors Williams join the Foundation Board.
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

2017

Becket Fund for Religious LibertyBecket Fund, a group that defends religious liberty for all, receives $100,000. Since 1999, the Foundation has granted Becket over $1.5 million.
New Board Member

2018

New Board MemberReverend Robert “Skip” Windsor retires from the Board and is replaced by his son, Benjamin R. Windsor.
Venture Portfolio

2018

Venture PortfolioAdolph Coors Foundation explores pro-active grantmaking by seeking out nonprofits that have strong leadership, the potential to grow, scale up, and achieve significant changes that would be in keeping with the intent of the Foundation’s donors. Generation Justice, a group that is revamping the foster care system, becomes the first organization in ACF’s Venture Portfolio.
Carrie Tynan

2019

Carrie TynanCarrie Tynan is promoted to Executive Director.
New Board Member

2019

New Board MemberMichael L. Garnsey joins the Board of Directors.

Meet Our Team

Just as our founders were committed to ensuring Colorado remains a land of opportunity, our staff is committed to carry out the Foundation’s vision and in so doing, support the life-changing work of the social, business and medical entrepreneurs in our state. Some staff members have been with the Foundation since it opened its doors (they just can’t stay away). Others are relative newcomers with a long-standing dedication to service and philanthropy. All have deep roots in Colorado and enthusiastically lend their hearts, heads and hands to support the great work being done by our talented grantees.

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× Cindy Kennedy

Cindy Kennedy

Cindy Kennedy functions as the Foundation’s Central Command. A skilled troubleshooter, negotiator, internet-fixer and data-base expert, Cindy keeps the entire office running smoothly. Fortunately, Cindy is also the first person you reach when you call which means never having to press “1” for more information.

Before joining the Adolph Coors Foundation in 2003, Cindy worked at Educare Colorado and the Piton Foundation. She attended the University of Northern Colorado. The mother of two girls, Cindy’s daughters keep her busy. When she is able to squeeze in some free time, she enjoys sharing her
(very tasty) recipes with co-workers.

Inspired wisdom comes from everywhere! Lila Kennedy

Lila Kennedy

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
— Shakespeare
× Liz Tara Losinski

Liz Tara Losinski

Even though Liz Tara is the rookie on our team, this is not her first experience with our foundation. She’s been the recipient of an Adolph Coors Foundation “no” as a former nonprofit development director (she feels your pain, development directors!).

A graduate of Hillsdale College, Liz Tara has raised money for public policy organizations and most recently led advancement at The Salvation Army in Washington, DC. Now as a program officer at the Foundation, she pulls from her past work to help nonprofits by using both her head and heart.

When she’s not working, Liz Tara reads, keeps up with her big family, travels with her husband and is always on the hunt for the next best hummus recipe. Living in Colorado, Liz Tara of course loves to ski, but she’ll confess that the first time she ever encountered a ski slope, she ran into the man in front of her and went down the entire mountain hooked onto his skis at a terrifyingly high speed.

Inspired wisdom comes from everywhere! Rock Losinski

Rock Losinski

“Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.”
— Rock Losinski
× Alejandra Major

Alejandra Major

Alejandra is a sixth-generation Coloradan on her mom’s side and a first-generation American on her dad’s side, giving her a deep love for every corner of the state and a profound appreciation for the freedoms our country affords. Growing up, her family was divided on two things: politics and the CSU and CU rivalry. This taught Alejandra a unique form of multitasking…how to stand in her convictions and disagree well, while taking bites of grandma’s pie in between.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Alejandra worked at the Colorado House of Representatives and served on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. As a program officer, Alejandra is your personal liaison to our board and enjoys sharing the work of nonprofits with our trustees. Her favorite place to be is out of the office and in a site visit with you! A graduate of Pepperdine University, she spends her free time crocheting, binging on any of the Real Housewives, and going on (easy) hikes with her rescue dog Bolo and rescue husband.

Inspired wisdom comes from everywhere! Bolo Major

Bolo Major

“Any great day always includes a long walk and a long nap.”
— Bolo Major
× Carol Strathman

Carol Strathman

Carol Strathman opened the Foundation’s doors in 1876. Ooops, make that 1976. Whatever…a long time ago. Carol began working for the Foundation just a few months after it opened its doors in response to a newspaper ad for a receptionist. Because of this, she remembers things about the Foundation that, um, even members of the Coors family do not remember! Carol is responsible for keeping track of the Foundation’s finances and can also be found out in the community visiting with nonprofits.

A graduate of Colorado Women’s College where she studied English and creative writing, Carol is a writer at heart and says that is still what she would like to be when she grows up. She enjoys working with the Foundation’s directors whom she describes as caring and visionary; the last of the real cowboys, doing what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, even if they sometimes stand alone. Growing up in Granby gave her an appreciation for Colorado’s mountains, something she shares with her husband. They also share a love of anything animal and most especially their dog, Dodger.

Inspired wisdom comes from everywhere! Dodger Scheinblatt

Dodger Scheinblatt

“Be fearless, even if you’re fluffy; Let your inner puppy off leash every chance you get; and, If you really don’t want someone to leave, hide their shoes.”
— Dodger Scheinblatt
× Carrie Tynan

Carrie Tynan

Colorado native Carrie Tynan thinks she has the best job in the world. As the Foundation’s Executive Director, she loves visiting nonprofits and learning how they are improving the lives of the people in their communities. She says she is consistently impressed by the range of life-changing services nonprofits provide to Coloradans, and inspired by the way policy groups fight to protect our individual freedoms. Carrie jokes, “I’ve never met a nonprofit that I didn’t like; there would probably be no money left if I were in charge of the funding decisions!” (No, you are not allowed to request Carrie for your on-site visit!) Seriously, Carrie takes great pains to evaluate each organization fairly and rigorously.

Before joining the Foundation, Carrie spent five years as an English teacher at J.K. Mullen High School. A graduate of the University of Texas, Carrie is involved with numerous nonprofits in the Denver area. Carrie and her husband are also busy parents keeping up with their two active kiddos. As a family, they all love anything outdoors, including golfing, skiing and hunting and attending Colorado sporting events.

Inspired wisdom comes from everywhere! Tulo and Lola Tynan

Tulo and Lola Tynan

“Endurance: If you love it, you will never get tired of it”
— Tulo
“Size: No matter how small, it is always important to be heard”
— Lola

Board of Trustees

Our Trustees represent the very best of America and Colorado. They are risk takers. They are successful entrepreneurs. They are engaged community leaders. The Trustees include CEOs, board members of corporations and nonprofit organizations, law enforcement, parents and grandparents. They bring to the table all of the insight that comes from those real-life involvements as they take on the important task of protecting and advancing the vision of our foundation’s original donors.

Our Trustees believe America is still a land of opportunity. They believe in the liberating power of freedom and the importance of personal responsibility. For them, the western spirit is not just found in cowboy novels but in their daily work. Through their giving, the Trustees intend to preserve that spirit for this generation and for generations of American citizens to come. That was the vision of our founding donors, Bill and Joe Coors. The Foundation’s eight trustees, representing the 4th and 5th generations of the Coors family, remain committed keepers of that vision.