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

On December 16th, 1937, Spencer and Julie Penrose set out to make a difference in the lives of the people of Colorado. 80 years later, we are proud to be continuing their legacy!

When Fellow Terrell Brown isn’t at work he’s at Hillside Community Center running his youth basketball program Hillside Connection. Tonight he won the Mayor’s Young Leader Award for Innovation in Sports and Wellness! Congratulations Terrell, the kids at Hillside know you're a champion and now so does Colorado Springs, Colorado Olympic City, USA!

The Karen Possehl Women's Endowment (KPWE) at UCCS supports non-traditional students, 25 and older, who have faced adversity or significant life challenges on their paths to completing their degrees and becoming self-sufficient. Since KPWE’s inception in 1996, 169 scholars have received $1,033,010 in tuition assistance, and the program has an outstanding 88% graduation rate. For their meaningful work in the Pikes Peak Region, KPWE received an Award for Excellence last week. #StoriesofImpact

Congratulations to Dave Ogrean, the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Sport Award, for his lifelong commitment to the advancement of amateur sport in Colorado and throughout the world. Dave began his professional career as USA Hockey's director of public relations, and then went on to serve as executive director from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005 until he retired in June 2017. Ogrean oversaw the creation of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, serving to identify high-potential ice hockey players under the age of 18 and help them develop skills and gain elite experience. #storiesofimpact

@ElPomarFdtn • December 14

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@ElPomarFdtn • December 12

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@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

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