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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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

Working, Risking, and Dreaming for Southeast Colorado. How technology is propelling students forward at Lamar Community College.

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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 non-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

One of the best post graduate experiences in Colorado, the Fellowship is dedicated to developing future leaders and committed to executing the mission of the Foundation. Applications are due January 17, 2017. 


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

UCCS to name newest building in honor of El Pomar Foundation chairman

UCCS will name a new sports medicine and performance center in honor of a noted local leader, William J. Hybl

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The San Luis Valley Regional Council, a program of El Pomar Foundation, is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of the San Luis Valley's Teen Tech Academy!

“This is not just another board position to me. I am committed.” – Beth Drum, Southwest Council Member. In 2014, the council identified a lack of affordable spaces for toddlers/infants and a small amount of quality caregivers as primary concerns. Now, the region has two Early Childhood councils that provide training, resources, and partnerships for certified caregivers. Learn more about the impact of Regional Partnerships in the Southwest Region here: http://bit.ly/2kOGOEz.

As a leader, innovator, and advocate for political and legislative change, Dr. Evie Dennis has created opportunities for all people in areas of education and sports. As the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools (1988-1994) she helped desegregate the district ensuring equal opportunity for all students. Dr. Evie Dennis served on the boards of USA Track & Field, United States Olympic Committee, and the United States Sports Academy and since 1983 she has also chaired the El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence Commission! #WCW #BlackHistoryMonth

On March 3rd, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will be hosting the PRISM Awards to celebrate social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs in the region.Today is the last day to submit your nomination! Click here http://go.bbb.org/2knJltb.

@ElPomarFdtn • February 13

RT @wrighting @ElPomarFdtn what a great speech by Jim. Thank you El Pomar Foundation for a powerful 25th Reunion! https://t.co/DVeQH6hIv9

@ElPomarFdtn • February 13

RT @nmack5280 Great time at @ElPomarFdtn 25th Fellowship reunion. An amazing two year experience and inspiring community.… https://t.co/1rXL0GCtCg

@ElPomarFdtn • February 11

"I urge you to be aware of your sphere of influence and use it for good." -Jim Hayes #ForeverFellows https://t.co/JMtvulZ8gM

@ElPomarFdtn • February 9

Tomorrow night, we are kicking off our 25th Fellowship Alumni Reunion! #TBT to the 2007 Fellowship Class.… https://t.co/0bmQHnhRPl

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