El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado


Enhance, encourage, and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado.  Established in 1937, El Pomar's mission is based on the values of Julie and Spencer Penrose.

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The best postgraduate experience in Colorado, the Fellowship is dedicated to developing rising leaders who are invested in the well-being of Colorado communities.

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Regional Partnerships

More than 70 community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils representing all 64 Colorado counties.  Since 2003 the Councils have invested nearly $14.8 million in their home communities.

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Grant Making

A private general purpose foundation El Pomar accepts applications from 501(c)3 organizations serving the state of Colorado in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services.

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Penrose House

Available free of charge to 501(c)3 nonprofits and governmental equivalents. Built on the site of the Dixon Apple Orchard, the Penroses' historic home is open for strategic meetings, seminars, and trainings.

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Featured Programs


Founded in 1993, El Pomar Foundation’s ACYPL program partners with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3), to host young emerging political leaders from around the world.

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El Pomar Foundation launched the Pikes Peak Heritage Series in 2015 to celebrate and raise awareness of the natural assets of the Pikes Peak Region.

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The Forum contributes to the civic health of the Pikes Peak Region through panels, seminars and lectures about key local and state issues.

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El Pomar's programs are all different, but each was created with the same goal in mind: to support leadership and community development beyond grantmaking.


Recent News

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation honors historic support of military and their families

There were 72 years of history and 185,000 reasons to celebrate as the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation wrapped up a record-breaking year.


Since 1979, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy has been promoting the sport of rodeo to thousands of visitors every year. El Pomar’s support for this outstanding organization ties back to Spencer Penrose’s passion for promoting rodeo in the Pikes Peak region. Read more about Pro Rodeo on our blog! https://www.elpomar.org/blog/detail/celebrating-80-years-code-of-the-west-1996-pro-rodeo-hall-of-fame-and-museum-of-the-american-cowboy/2647/

Congratulations to one of our staff members, Elizabeth McMearn on being named one of Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence. A well deserved recognition for all her work! Read about Liz and all the honorees here: https://www.csbj.com/2018/11/16/2018-women-of-influence/

For the last 15 years, El Pomar Fellows have worked with our Regional Partnerships program to build relationships and increase grant making beyond the Front Range. Watch the short video to learn more about the program's work in Colorado communities! #FellowFridays

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 28

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 27

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