El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

Empty Stocking Fund

The annual Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund provides resources for 20 local health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region. 

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The Fellowship is a two-year, hands-on, continuing education opportunity based in Colorado Springs that combines on-the-job training with a background in leadership theory.

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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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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


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

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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.

Awards for Excellence

Recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations and community leaders for their extraordinary support of Colorado.

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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

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Each year, we are proud to host The Council of State Governments as they bring together a distinguished national faculty to offer the West’s premier training experience for Western state legislators in their first four years of service. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Western Legislative Academy!

El Pomar Foundation was pleased to recognize three exceptional community leaders at the 2017 Pikes Peak Awards for Excellence Reception. Dave Ogrean (left), former Executive Director of USA Hockey, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Sport Award; the Karen Possehl Women's Endowment (KPWE) Scholarship Program at UCCS (middle), supporting non-traditional students while completing their degrees, received the 2017 Pikes Peak Region Award for Excellence; and David Jenkins (right), philanthropist and founder of Nor'wood Development Group, received the 2017 Russell T. Tutt Leadership Award. Be on the lookout next week for videos highlighting the awardees and their outstanding accomplishments!

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

Thank you to our Keynote Speaker, Harris Sherman, for his insights on the Waldo Canyon Fire & how to prepare our co… https://t.co/lJEpolE4cp

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

RT @SallieClark Fmr USDA Undersecretary Natural Resources Harris Sherman-need to be strategic abt taking action to prevent catastro… https://t.co/nNWGkso1Iy

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

The work of the day at the Hertage Series' Forest Health Seminar is WUI - Wildland Urban Interface!

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

The Pikes Peak Heritage Series is proud to welcome experts on forest health today to discuss our region's fire prep… https://t.co/x8YKcbyuoW

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