El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

2021 Annual Report

Learn more about El Pomar's activities and grant making in 2021.

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2022 Foundation Giving in Colorado

Read the full report on Foundation Giving in Colorado.

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History

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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Regional Partnerships

The Regional Partnerships program convenes community leaders into 11 regional councils that advise El Pomar's Trustees and recommend grants to address the greatest needs in their home communities across the state.

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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

Regional Partnerships

The Regional Partnerships program convenes community leaders into 11 regional councils that advise El Pomar's Trustees and recommend grants to address the greatest needs in their home communities across the state.

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Empty Stocking Fund

In partnership with The Gazette, Colorado Springs’s daily newspaper, El Pomar helps facilitate this fundraising campaign that has raised over $1 million dollars annually for the past nine years.

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Elevating Leadership

Elevating Leadership Development equips ethnic minorities already engaged in their own communities with the training to broaden their impact on the community at-large.

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explore our programs

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.

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Recent News

Julie Penrose Inducted into The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

El Pomar Foundation's benevolent and visionary co-founder, Julie Penrose, has been chosen for induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for the Class of 2022. Described as an astute community leader, resolute philanthropist, and patron of the arts, she has been further recognized as one of the most influential women in the growth and development of Colorado and Colorado Springs with this honor.

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