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

Lost in Translation. Imagine beginning school in a classroom where the language spoken is different than your own.

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Salute to Fans Tour 2016

El Pomar teamed up with the Denver Broncos to salute fans across Colorado. 

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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 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

Regional Partnerships

Connecting resources with local solutions. More than 70 community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils representing all 64 Colorado counties. Since 2003 they have invested nearly $14.8 million in their regions.


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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

Denver Broncos and El Pomar Team Up for Salute to Fans Tour

The Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos visited Durango, Montrose, Salida, La Junta, and Eagle for city wide celebrations in April and May of 2016.

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"Before coming to El Pomar, I often shied away from leadership opportunities. I figured it was someone else’s job – and one I didn’t want. Better to get out of the way and not trip the real leader up when they took center stage.” Read about how Hannah Staller's perspective toward leadership changed over the course of her Fellowship. http://bit.ly/1VgQYws

May is National Foster Care Month. Educational stability is crucial to ensuring that children in foster care can achieve their highest potential. Thank you to all of the CASA organizations across the state for your fantastic advocacy work!

Terrific High Country Council members, organizations like Lake County Build A Generation and Aspen Community Foundation, made the High Country team’s day from Leadville to Carbondale a breeze! Thank you to the wonderful organizations and people who spent their day with us in Eagle, Lake, and Pitkin counties.

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay. We’re happy to provide a glimpse into the impactful legacy of our founders, Spencer and Julie, through the Penrose Heritage Museum.

@ElPomarFdtn • May 24

See how Hannah Staller’s perspective on leadership changed over the course of her Fellowship. https://t.co/WboNLW2XCi

@ElPomarFdtn • May 23

Educational stability is crucial for children in foster care to achieve their best #NationalFosterCareMonth https://t.co/jhPGYlTaaq

@ElPomarFdtn • May 13

The next Heritage Series theme will be "Mountains Matter to Millennials" #EPFHeritage

@ElPomarFdtn • May 13

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first installment of the Pikes Peak Heritage Series. #EPFHeritage https://t.co/Q3PGEMX97Y

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