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

Study identifies economic drivers and hurdles for Colorado communities

Brian Allmer, The Pagosa Daily
A new study cites community visions, leadership pipelines, and public-private partnerships as factors essential to being an economically resilient community.

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Last night Broadmoor World Arena was full of excitement as military members and their families witnessed high-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, and exciting adventures at the Disney On Ice "Dream Big" performance. Learn more about El Pomar's innovative efforts to support service members and their families throughout Colorado here http://bit.ly/2nNnCMd. #DisneyonIce #DreamBig

#TBT From Spec to the class of 2016 Fellows, Norris-Penrose Event Center has long been hosting "cow punchers" and city folk for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

Located on the Front Range, The Broadmoor Seven Falls is one of Colorado’s most fascinating views. The 1,250-foot-canyon includes a series of waterfalls, challenging hiking trails, and stunning rock formations that provides visitors with a memorable sightseeing experience. Learn more about some of Colorado's waterfall sights at http://bit.ly/1qCIgYu. #WorldWaterDay

@ElPomarFdtn • March 24

Yesterday, families witnessed high-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, and exciting adventures at the Disney on Ice "D… https://t.co/JAon1dRuvZ

@ElPomarFdtn • March 23

RT @SierraFYI Volunteer Lunch at Sierra after community canvas with RISE Coalition. 300 homes received the FYI on Sierra High. Th… https://t.co/fz3AxNSUgs

@ElPomarFdtn • March 22

@ElPomarFoundation PRESS RELEASE: Military Families get first peek at Disney on Ice, Thur 7pm, World Arena https://t.co/znYxNYjtNS

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