Adolph Coors Foundation

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The Adolph Coors Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) family foundation established in October 1975 with funds from the Adolph Coors, Jr. Trust and headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Adolph Coors, Jr. was the son of the founder of the Coors Brewing Company. The Coors family now controls both the brewing company and the foundation. The Adolph Coors Foundation describes its vision for America as including "the wisdom of the free enterprise system, traditional Judeo-Christian values and the rule of law."[1]

The Foundation states that its public policy funding priorities include:[2]

  • "Enhancing understanding of the free enterprise system"
  • "Preserving the principles upon which our democracy was founded to help ensure a limited role for government and the protection of individual rights as provided for in the Constitution"
  • "Encouraging personal responsibility and leadership"
  • "Upholding traditional American values"

After growing protest to the racist and anti-gay behavior of the Adolph Coors Foundation in the 1970's and 1980's, in 1993 the foundation publicly restricted its grants to Colorado organizations. In 1994, the Adolf Coors Foundation then formed the Castle Rock Foundation with an unrestricted $36.5 million in assets to continue funding radically conservative organizations under a different name.[3] In November 2011, the Castle Rock Foundation and its more than $38 million in assets were dissolved back into its father foundation again.[4]

The Foundation has provided $274 million in grant funding since 1976. In 2019, the Foundation funded 114 grants for a total of $8.88 million.[5]

In 2018, the Adolph Coors Foundation reported a total of $14,819,922 in net investment income, made a total of $7,326,583 in contributions, gifts and grants and reported $170,181,331 in total assets.[6]


Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

The Adolph Coors Foundation granted $330,000 to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) between 2012 and 2018, according to an analysis of the Foundation's 990 Forms by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).[7][8][8][9][10][6]

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Grants Distributed

2017

The Adolph Coors Foundation gave at least $2,547,550 to SPN, its members, and associate members in 2017. These groups, as well as other entities that received grants in 2017, are broken down as follows: [6]

2016

The Adolph Coors Foundation gave at least $1,225,000 to SPN, its members, and associate members in 2016. These groups, as well as other entities that received grants in 2016, are broken down as follows: [10]

2015

The Adolph Coors Foundation gave at least $4,255,000 to SPN, its members, and associate members in 2015. These groups, as well as other entities that received grants in 2015, are broken down as follows: [9]

2014

The Adolph Coors Foundation gave at least $1,245,000 to SPN, its members, and associate members in 2014. These groups, as well as other entities that received grants in 2015, are broken down as follows:[8]

Grants Made to SPN Members Between 2009 and 2014

The Adolph Coors Foundation gave at least $8,083,4022 to SPN, its members, and associate members from 2009 to 2014, broken down as follows:[8][11][7][12][13]

Core Financials

2017[6]

  • Total Revenue: $16,196,106
  • Total Expenses: $10,364,281
  • Net Assets: $170,181,331

Personnel

Staff

The staff listed on the Foundation's website, as of July 16, 2020 listed below:[14]

  • Alejandra Major
  • Cindy Kennedy
  • Carol Strathman
  • Carrie Tynan

Board of Directors and Trustees

As of April 13, 2019:[6]

  • John Jackson, Executive Director, Secretary
  • Peter H. Coors, President and Chairman
  • Melissa Coors Osborn, Vice President
  • Cecily Coors Garnsey, Vice President
  • Jeffrey H. Coors, Treasurer
  • Robert G. Windsor, Trustee
  • Carin Coors Bremer, Trustee
  • Christina Coors Williams, Trustee

Former Board of Directors and Trustees

As of the foundation's 2013 form 990:[11]

  • John Jackson, Executive Director, Secretary
  • Peter K. Coors, President and Chairman
  • Robert G. Windsor, Vice President
  • Jeffrey H. Coors, Treasurer
  • William K. Coors, Trustee
  • Melissa Coors Osborn, Trustee
  • Cecily Coors Garnsey, Trustee

Contact Information

Aldolph Coors Foundation
215 Saint Paul Street
Suite 300
Denver, Colorado 80206
Employer Identification Number (EID): 51-0172279
Phone: 303-388-1636
Email: generalinfo@acoorsfdn.org
Web: http://www.coorsfoundation.org [15]
Twitter: @acoorsfdn
Facebook: Adolph Coors Foundation

Resources and Articles

IRS Form 990 Filings

2017

2016

2015

2014


Related SourceWatch Articles

Other Resources

  • Center for Media and Democracy, ALECexposed.org, organizational resource website.

References

  1. Adolph Coors Foundation, Our Vision, foundation website, accessed July 19th, 2020.
  2. Adolph Coors Foundation, Grant Priorities, foundation website, accessed July 19th, 2020.
  3. Richard Kim,The L Word, The Nation, October 19, 2004.
  4. American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Donor: Castle Rock Foundation, ConservativeTransparency.org, accessed December 2014.
  5. Adolph Coors Foundation, Grant Priorities, foundation website, accessed July 19th, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 , Adolph Coors Foundation, 2017 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 , Adolph Coors Foundation, 2012 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 , Adolph Coors Foundation, 2014 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2015. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "2014 Form 990" defined multiple times with different content
  9. 9.0 9.1 , Adolph Coors Foundation, 2015 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2016.
  10. 10.0 10.1 , Adolph Coors Foundation, 2016 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Adolph Coors Foundation, 2013 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, April 9, 2014.
  12. Adolph Coors Foundation, 2011 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2011.
  13. , Adolph Coors Foundation, 2010 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, 2010.
  14. Adolph Coors Foundation, Meet Our Team, Foundational website, accessed July 16, 2020.
  15. Adolph Coors Foundation, Contact, foundation's website, accessed June 10th, 2013.