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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"They embody permanence in the face of ages." At El Pomar Foundation - Penrose House, you will instantly notice some of Spencer Penrose's unique purchases throughout the estate. To better understand the "Buddha" statues journey from 14th century China to Colorado Springs click here http://bit.ly/2mHKU1X.

"He was a voice and a man that was able to reach various people in various stages of life and that was his greatest impact." To conclude, #BlackHistoryMonth we would like to thank Reverend Dr. Milton E. Proby for sharing the importance of minority civic engagement and social justice to help the people of Southern Colorado! May his legacy continue to influence masses. Check out the great article/video from FOX21 News here http://bit.ly/2lPnBUQ.

This week a bit of improvisation was needed as Fellows Ginni St. Hill and Abby Pearson found a way to organize several nametags in preparation for Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak's Community Appreciation Celebration on Wednesday night. A day in the life of a Fellow may encourage collaboraton and creativity!

A tribute to long time Fellowship Director Gary Butterworth, a keynote address from former CEO of Junior Achievement​, Jim Hayes, and an entertaining "Colorado Hold 'em" game hosted by Fellow alumnus and current staff member Matt Carpenter​, are a few of the highlights from the 25th Fellowship Alumni Reunion! #TBT #ForeverFellows

@ElPomarFdtn • February 24

Here are a few highlights from the 25th Fellowship Alumni Reunion! #ForeverFellows https://t.co/Jh6xOQ6lrf

@ElPomarFdtn • February 22

It's time to take a trip down memory lane with our staff members. Can you guess who this is? Feel free to comment b… https://t.co/hhITTaj7vx

@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

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