the loo family
Generations of giving
Bloom Foundation began with the desire to encourage and inspire philanthropy in others — just as the Loo family members have experienced the galvanizing nature of philanthropy in their own lives.
As an entrepreneurial family by nature, they decided to establish a family foundation that could make strategic investments and thoughtful gifts towards a vibrant, thriving Colorado Springs.
It all began with a little stationery company
Looart press begins
Orin, an artist and printer, and Miriam Loo start a stationery company run out of the family garage.
LooArt expands to include a successful mail-order business while the Loo children take orders to the post office after school.
joining the family business
LooArt moves to a location out of the family home. The Loo’s sons, Dusty and Gary, join the company.
high valley group forms
Current, formerly LooArt, becomes highly successful until its sale in 1986. Dusty and Gary form High Valley Group shortly after.
The Loo family becomes active in the community, including board services, philanthropic initiatives and local projects.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Kathy Loo has been involved with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo since 1969 when she founded the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary Docent Program. The volunteer program — one of the zoo’s most successful — aims to inspire children’s curiosity and care for wildlife and the natural world.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continues to exemplify Bloom Foundation’s spirit of philanthropy through the arts, conservation and education.
Applying for a grant
We can’t do it alone — the Loo family firmly believes in catalyzing philanthropy in others. It’s through our collective collaboration that we can have real impact in our community.