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

Pikes Peak Heritage Series

The Pikes Peak Heritage Series convenes groups around important aspects of the region's history, current condition, and future prospects. 

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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

Broncos 7K run series across Colorado

The Broncos will host three 7K runs as part of their Broncos Fit campaign

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This week, leaders from El Pomar Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, and Center for Nonprofit Excellence joined Philanthropy Southwest on #MemberMonday to discuss grantmaking throughout the state of Colorado!

“We know that play is vital to human development. It teaches social skills, provides physical activity and provides for a positive release of energy.” Click the link below to see how a student-led fundraising effort combined with support from El Pomar Foundation and other local sponsors created a valuable asset for elementary school kids in Pueblo. http://bit.ly/2oBI18j.

“They should be a good communicator, open minded, committed to attending meetings, be dedicated, empathetic toward organizations and the people in the communities that they serve.” Former San Luis Valley Council member, Edward Vigil, highlights the essentials to being a good citizen and servant leader. Learn more about our council members and their roles in our Regional Partnerships program here: http://bit.ly/2iOokSZ.

“Step by step, Firefly Autism is changing the prognosis for autism from fear to hope. Read more about their inspirational impact here: http://bit.ly/2qcbrWU. #AutismAwarenessMonth”

@ElPomarFdtn • April 24

RT @southwestfdns #MemberMonday: We're grateful to be at @ElPomarFdtn, responsible for $1.14B in impact for #Colorado, giving an over… https://t.co/DlOgLhVxNp

@ElPomarFdtn • April 24

This Thursday, join us for a discussion on how our city can live up to its potential! RSVP here… https://t.co/Vz6ZT6L2Hi

@ElPomarFdtn • April 20

The 2017 #SaluteToFans Tour begins tomorrow in Southwest Colorado! For more info click here https://t.co/pUzDjtm0Os. https://t.co/jYKVaJ7PkH

@ElPomarFdtn • April 7

This week at the Broadmoor, Space Foundation's 33rd "Space Symposium" allowed space enthusiasts to network and visi… https://t.co/ylmRjpiwcI

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