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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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

This program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs e who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets of more than $750,000.  Apply now to participate in this valuable session!  


Statewide Impact

The Regional Partnerships are comprised of community leaders who form Regional Councils across the state to advise El Pomar's trustees and recommend grants.

Regional Partnerships

Grantee Story

The Challenge Foundation helps hard-working students break the cycle of poverty through education

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Pikes Peak at Sunrise

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 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets $750,000+ 


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

Today we are proud to celebrate National Nonprofit Day. Take a look at our annual report to learn more about some of the terrific nonprofits we've had the pleasure working with throughout Colorado this year! #nationalnonprofitday

Mandela Washington Fellow, Ibrahim, and El Pomar Fellows Trevor Zalkind, Ryan Burton, Emily Padgett, and Matt Nuñez, were in Denver today with Posner Center for International Development and The GrowHaus for productive conversations about community development!

The High Country Council met with six grantee organizations to learn more about their work to serve youth in the High Country region. It was a wonderful day for coming together to discuss unified goals surrounding out of school time for youth!

Spencer and Julie Penrose's great granddaughter visited the Foundation today; she thanked El Pomar's team for keeping the family legacy alive! A joyful moment occurred when she saw a painting of her great grandmother and "Pitty Pat", the dog she loved during her childhood.

@ElPomarFdtn • August 17

RT @GivingTues It's #NationalNonprofitDay! Celebrate the nonprofits in your community by sharing how you give back today & on… https://t.co/wEUWH9FD48

@ElPomarFdtn • July 26

RT @ACYPL With #acyplAUS winding down--shout out to all involved who made the exchange so memorable! https://t.co/Uwy01BCeto

@ElPomarFdtn • July 24

RT @SkylerMinke Awesome scenes from day 1 of #acyplAUS w/@ElPomarFdtn https://t.co/M6kMzufh75

@ElPomarFdtn • July 24

Big welcome to @MattNunezCO who joins the 2017 Fellowship Class from @stedwardsu! https://t.co/RASaOTIWZ0

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