To contact the New Belgium Family Foundation, please fill out this form and hit "Apply". You will need to create a Submittable account in order to fill out this form. Even though the button says "Apply", this form is not an application for funding from the New Belgium Family Foundation.
Please review these guidelines carefully before submitting an inquiry to the New Belgium Family Foundation.
The mission of the New Belgium Family Foundation is to honor the regenerative potential of business through meaningful philanthropy, investing, and advocacy.
The New Belgium Family Foundation was created at the end of 2012 after New Belgium Brewing Company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Since its inception, the Foundation has sought to honor the principles of environmental stewardship that are deeply imbedded in New Belgium Brewing’s business model.
The focus of the Foundation’s giving areas has shifted a bit over time, in reaction to political events and changing interests of family members. As of November 2018, our three giving areas are Climate Change, Food Systems, and Land and Water Stewardship. More detail on our strategy within these areas is available on our website.
We do not have hard and fast rules about the types of projects and organizations that we fund, but some of the things we look for are:
Early Stage Organizations, New Projects, or “Humps”: We generally prefer to fund organizations that are just getting off the ground, launching a new project, or going through an organizational change. While we seek these earlier-stage opportunities, we are still looking for evidence of a clear strategy and path to success.
Equity and Inclusion: The project should benefit or directly serve marginalized groups or address structural problems that perpetuate patterns of social inequity. We also consider whether organizations promote internal diversity in their hiring practices.
High-Leverage Opportunities: We look for projects that are highly replicable or have the potential to have an out-sized impact.
Root Cause/Systems Focus: Projects should seek to address root problems and bring about system change.
Policy and Advocacy Component: We seek to support policy and advocacy in each of our giving categories. We cannot directly support political campaigns or lobbying.
Our grant making is focused in the Western United States, with a concentration in Colorado and California. Generally, we will fund projects that are place-based or specific to the Front Range of Colorado and the Bay Area in California. Other projects that have a regional impact across the Intermountain West or California may be considered. Occasionally, we will fund projects with a national reach, if they have outstanding impact in our giving areas. At this time we do not make grants outside of the United States.
-We only give to non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 designation
-We do not fund individuals, fundraising drives, or religious activities. In some special cases we may offer financial support for events that are very closely aligned with our interests. As a private foundation, we cannot provide support to political campaigns, and our dollars cannot be earmarked for lobbying activity.
-We do not accept unsolicited proposals.
This form will be submitted to the Executive Director of NBFF. She will respond to you if she is interested in learning more about your organization. Please do not submit multiple forms for the same organization or project.