When the nonprofit PSL Healthcare Corporation was sold to a for-profit organization in 1985, the proceeds of the sale were used to create The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated exclusively to the health of the people of Colorado.
Since that time, The Trust has worked closely with communities and nonprofit organizations in every county across the state to the improve health and well-being of Coloradans, ranging from bringing 9-1-1 emergency medical care to 38 Colorado counties to helping foster the development of the state's second largest regional transportation district in the Roaring Fork Valley, and much more. More recently, The Trust began a new strategy aimed at empowering resident-led initiatives to advance health equity at the community level. Please visit our Funding Areas section to learn more about our current efforts, or download our fact sheet.
Advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado.
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. Additionally, a diversity, equity and inclusion committee—comprised of five to seven Trust staff with wide representation by race and ethnicity, gender, department, organizational hierarchy and more—oversees this work and plans for staff activities, individual and team coaching, and professional development opportunities. The committee also regularly makes recommendations for organizational policy revisions and updates through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. 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 nine 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 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.