The Adolph Coors Foundation

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Budget (2015):

Revenue: $9,787,003
Expenses: $6,900,375
Assets: $166,847,681




Peter Coors

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The Adolph Coors Foundation is a family foundation overseen by members of the Coors brewing family. It supports charities in Colorado and center-right advocacy organizations.

Background and Donor Intent

The Adolph Coors Foundation was founded in 1975 by brothers Joseph and William Coors from the estate of their father, Adolph Coors II. 1

In a 2021 interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable, foundation executive director Carrie Coons Tynan (a granddaughter of Joseph Coors) said that the eight members of the foundation board are all members of the Coors family and “our national grantmaking comes from Joe Coors and his passion for the national policy landscape.” She added that the foundation looks at grants “through the lens of donor intent. Bill and Joe Coors started this foundation. We have to make sure we’re honoring their legacy.” 2


In the 1980s, the Coors Foundation received national attention for its grants to center-right advocacy groups. In 1987 USA Today, noting Coors Foundation grants to the Heritage Foundation, Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, and Washington Legal Foundation, declared that the list of Coors Foundation grant recipients “reads like a roster of the conservative landscape.” 3

In 1990, the Coors Foundation donated $5 million to the University of Colorado Foundation, which renamed the university’s indoor sports arena the “Coors Events Conference Center.” At the time, the grant was the largest received by the university. The university student government declared that student groups could not receive money from Coors Brewing for fundraisers. 4 In November 1990, students voted by a 4-1 margin to support renaming the facility and rejected a ban on sales of Coors beer on campus by a margin of 2,840-1,880. 5

Castle Rock Foundation

In 1993 the Coors Foundation split, with national grants transferred to the Castle Rock Foundation. 6 Castle Rock continued to make grants to center-right groups; the New York Times noted in 2001 that Gale A. Norton, who served as Secretary of the Interior in the George W. Bush administration, was affiliated with groups, including the Mountain States Legal Foundation and Political Economy Research Center, that received $100,000 from Castle Rock in 1999. 7

Joseph Coors’s widow, Holly Coors, was a trustee of the Heritage Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation until her death in 2009. 8 After her death, the Castle Rock Foundation was absorbed into the Coors Foundation.


Coors Foundation president Peter Coors is vice chairman of the board of trustees at the American Enterprise Institute, which received $175,000 from the Coors Foundation in 2019. 9 The largest grants made by the Coors Foundation in 2019 were to the Western Stock Show Association ($500,000), the Center for American Liberty ($400,000), and the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine ($360,000). Other center-right entities receiving grants of over $100,000 include the Emergent Order Foundation and Hillsdale College. 10


  1. Adolph Coors Foundation, “Our History,” (accessed March 25, 2022)
  2. “Podcast Series #16:  Carrie Tynan, Executive Director of Adolph Coors Foundation,” (accessed March 25, 2022).
  3. Tony Mauro, “Pouring Coors for New Right,” USA Today, December 18, 1987.
  4. “After Coors Gift, Arena Renaming Angers Students,” New York Times,” September 30, 1990.
  5. “Students Reject Ban on Sales of Coors Beer,” New York Times, November 25, 1990.
  6. Adolph Coors foundation, “About Us,” (accessed March 25, 2022)
  7. James Rosen, “Vote Lifts Conservative Land Groups,” New York Times, January 31, 2001
  8. “The Heritage Foundation Mourns Loss of Holly Coors,” press release from the Heritage Foundation, January 20, 2009.
  9. “American Enterprise Institute Board of Trustees,” (accessed March 25, 2022).
  10. 2019 Adolph Coors Foundation form 990.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: November - October
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 1975

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Nov Form PF $9,787,003 $6,900,375 $166,847,681 $56,471 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Nov Form PF $11,211,906 $7,894,649 $163,921,056 $16,474 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Nov Form PF $22,828,360 $6,340,372 $160,587,325 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Nov Form PF $3,910,478 $9,249,440 $144,105,222 $5,885 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Nov Form PF $11,262,275 $5,873,142 $149,542,072 $103,773 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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    The Adolph Coors Foundation

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