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Gill Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

Gill Foundation

2215 Market St.

Denver, CO United States 80205-2026

Telephone: (303) 292-4455


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $231,108,565

Total giving: $9,829,294





Additional Contact Information

Toll Free Number: (888) 530-4455, Toll free tel.: (888) 530-4455


Established in 1994 in CO - Founded by Tim Gill, the founder and former Chairman of Quark, Incorporated. He is recognized for revolutionizing the publishing industry with innovative, affordable, page-layout software. He founded Quark, Inc. in 1981 with a $2,000 loan from his parents and worked to build it into a leading developer of page-layout software. The Gill Foundation is dedicated to advancing equality and supporting nonprofit organizations that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. The mission is accomplished by: providing grants to nonprofit organizations, strengthening the leadership and managerial skills of nonprofit leaders, increasing financial resources to nonprofit organizations, strengthening democratic institutions, and building awareness of the contributions people of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions make to American society.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Building A Prosperous Colorado

The program makes grants in four critical areas: 1) LGBT advocacy and services: our core mission, so no Coloradan will be left behind; 2) Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education: cultivates critical-thinking skills for the individual and long-term competitiveness for the state’s population; 3) Civic engagement and communications: so all Coloradans have a say in the state’s future; and 4) Public broadcasting: so the state’s people are more and better informed.

Equal Treatment

In many states LGBT people are not treated equally. They can be fired from their jobs, denied housing, and denied services based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity. The program works to secure equal treatment for all in employment, housing, and public life. The program invests in efforts to organize fair-minded Americans, educate the public, and share stories to lead to significant progress in this area.

Family Recognition

The program works to build support for same sex marriage in every state so that every American is free to marry the person they love.

Safe Schools

Because many students are called names or threatened due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and students in the southern United States report being least likely to have access to LGBT-related resources at school, such as inclusive curricula and supportive school personnel, the program works to ensure all students feel safe and respected at school by advocating for increased supportive staff and LGBT-inclusive curricula.

Fields of Interest

  • Antidiscrimination
  • Human rights
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Philanthropy
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $231,108,565 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,765,198

Expenditures: $19,739,479

Total giving: $9,829,294

Qualifying distributions: $16,601,844