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The big picture. Grantmaking is at the core of what El Pomar Foundation does. Since 1937, trustees of the Foundation have approved nearly 12,600 grants totaling more than $431 million to benefit the state of Colorado. Currently, El Pomar contributes more than $20 million annually through grants to nonprofit organizations and government equivalents across Colorado.

The details. El Pomar is a general purpose foundation, which means the trustees approve grants across a broad spectrum of focus areas, including: arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services. Typically, nonprofit organizations send in an application to the Foundation. The trustees evaluate it to determine their ability to support the proposal based on the mission and purposes established by Julie and Spencer Penrose.

What's new. In recent years, El Pomar has increased its support of areas outside Colorado's front range (areas other than Metro Denver, Boulder, El Paso and Teller Counties). This is based on a desire to fulfill the part of the Foundation's mission that indicates it should be a resource for the entire state, and not just the bigger cities. It is also recognition of the fact that many parts of Colorado have fewer resources but just as many crucial issues to confront.

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