The Colorado Trust is a foundation committed to advancing the health and well-being of all Coloradans.
The Colorado Trust (often referred to simply as The Trust) was established in 1985 as a private foundation, endowed with the proceeds of the sale of the assets of PSL Healthcare Corporation. More information on the creation and early years of the foundation can be found in A History of The Colorado Trust, a 2011 book authored by former Colorado Trust President and Chief Executive Officer John R. Moran, Jr.
The Trust is dedicated to ensuring all Coloradans have the opportunity to thrive. We partner with people and organizations across Colorado that are working to make positive changes in their communities. We provide funding and other resources so that all people have the power to make decisions that improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors.
The Trust believes local and statewide policies should have a positive impact on people’s well-being. We provide grants and support to organizations that advocate for policies that ensure all Coloradans live healthier lives.
We work side by side with grantees and community members to ensure grants are solution-based and effective.
All Coloradans have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live.
Values and Principles
To realize our mission of advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado and to achieve our vision of health equity for all Coloradans, The Trust is committed to the values that lie at the core of our work:
- Stewardship. Manage our resources with integrity and diligence to most effectively advance the health and well-being of the people of Colorado.
- Collaboration. Engage the talents, knowledge and capabilities of our staff and partners, working together to realize mutual goals and achieve the best possible outcomes.
- Strategic Learning. Use evidence, evaluation and learning to support continuous evolution and improvement of our work to achieved successful outcomes.
- Innovation. Embrace risks by courageously advancing new ways to achieve our goals.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Pursue diversity in all levels of our organization, inclusion in our decision making and equity in our policies. We work to address racism and other forms of oppression as well as poverty, education and other determinants of health.
- Ethics. Conduct all aspects of our work with integrity and transparency.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Trust is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, from how we hire to how we fund. We believe these values are essential to organizational excellence, and to achieving our objective of a more equitable and healthy society.
The Trust proactively engages diversity, equity and inclusion experts to assist and support staff at an organizational, department and individual level. Activities include individual and team coaching, staff trainings, professional development and more. Additionally, a diversity, equity and inclusion committee comprised of Trust staff advises the organization's leadership on this work. We believe this ongoing internal effort is essential to creating external programs and grantmaking that are equitable and inclusive for the Colorado communities we serve.
The Colorado Trust is governed by 10 trustees representing experience and leadership in Colorado’s health, policy, education, business, religion, finance and nonprofit communities. Trustees are elected by the existing board for three-year terms, with the possibility of serving up to three terms. Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, serves as President and CEO of The Colorado Trust.
Open License Policy
The Trust is pleased to allow organizations or individuals to share, copy or redistribute material in any medium or format (partially or in entirety) free of charge, provided 1) adequate attribution is included, and 2) the material is not used for financial gain or profit. For questions or clarification regarding attribution, please julian [at] coloradotrust.org (subject: open%20license%20policy) (contact us).
"The Colorado Trust" is registered as a trademark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Conflict of Interest Policy
Trust employees may not receive personal (monetary or non-monetary) benefit from any of the grants of The Trust. Employees may not receive gifts or other compensation for their services on behalf of The Trust without the prior approval of the CEO. No employee of The Trust shall, as a general rule, accept appointment as a member of a board or committee of any other entity (outside board service) where such service may result in a conflict of interest or even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Prior to accepting a board appointment, employees need to notify the CEO of their potential outside board service for approval. In the case of the CEO, approval shall be by the Chairman of the Board, but the Chairman may elect to refer the matter to the full Board for consideration.
The Trust has a standard policy of "whistleblower" protection. Personnel who come forward to report violations of law, regulations or policy shall not be the subject of retaliation of any sort. Reports of retaliation will be investigated by the CEO or his or her designee, or by the Board, and documented incidents of retaliation will result in disciplinary action.