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El Pomar Programs

When grant dollars alone are not the solution, El Pomar Foundation creates and operates programs that encourage leadership and promote community development. While each program is different, the collective goal is to create an environment where communities thrive.



The American Council of Young Political Leaders program strives to create a public diplomacy tool that leaders can use to gain global perspective and access to international leaders. We believe these cultural exchanges serve as an important tool of public diplomacy, encouraging trust, understanding, and goodwill on a personal basis.

Awards for Excellence


Think of this as the Academy Awards of the nonprofit world in the state of Colorado. An independent commission of community leaders selects the highest performing nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado to be honored and rewarded during a festive presentation ceremony.

Cortlandt S. Dietler Scouting Opportunity Fund


The Dietler Fund was created to honor former trustee Cortlandt S. Dietler and support his passion for the lessons and values taught by the Boy Scouts of America.

El Pomar Fellowship


Through hands-on experience and a rigorous professional development curriculum, the next generation of Colorado leaders gets a 360-degree view of the nonprofit sector. This two-year program for recent college graduates prepares individuals for lifelong roles as community leaders.

El Pomar Internship


El Pomar's internship program provides an opportunity for college students with an interest in the nonprofit sector and leadership to gain valuable work experience. During their 10-12 week experience, interns support the work of all departments within the Foundation.

Emerging Leaders Development Program


Emerging Leaders equips ethnic minorities already engaged in their own communities with the training to broaden their impact to the community at-large. ELD then takes the next step and connects local organizations with these specially-trained leaders who are eager to have an impact.

Empty Stocking Fund


In partnership with Colorado Springs' daily newspaper, The Gazette, El Pomar helps spearhead this holiday fundraising campaign that raises money for 20 health and human service agencies across the Pikes Peak region. The entire community joins efforts to bring in over $1 million each holiday season.

Forum for Civic Advancement


The Forum is the place to turn when you want to get involved in your community, but don't know how. Or when you want to learn a little more about the process of governing, without the ugly side of politics. Blue, red and the rest of the rainbow participate in discussions and lectures designed to empower people to think and act.

Karl E. Eitel Fund


The Karl E. Eitel Fund supports the work of outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations that serve at-risk youth. The Fund was created in the name of a former El Pomar Trustee to honor his compassion for disadvantaged young people.

Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program


El Pomar's Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program is a customized, four-day program offered to the Colorado nonprofit community in partnership with Colorado Springs' Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).

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