El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

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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Fellowship

The best postgraduate experience in Colorado, the Fellowship is dedicated to developing rising leaders who are invested in the well-being of Colorado communities.

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Regional Partnerships

More than 70 community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils representing all 64 Colorado counties.  Since 2003 the Councils have invested nearly $14.8 million in their home communities.

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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

ACYPL

Founded in 1993, El Pomar Foundation’s ACYPL program partners with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3), to host young emerging political leaders from around the world.

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PPHS

El Pomar Foundation launched the Pikes Peak Heritage Series in 2015 to celebrate and raise awareness of the natural assets of the Pikes Peak Region.

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Forum

The Forum contributes to the civic health of the Pikes Peak Region through panels, seminars and lectures about key local and state issues.

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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.

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Recent News

Tickling the ivories, using your feet: Nottingham player piano joins artifacts at Eagle museum

Pam Boyd, Vail Daily

Eagle County's Nottingham family were the proud owners of a player piano, which is now on display at the Eagle County Historical Society Museum at Chambers Park in Eagle. "A $2,500 grant from El Pomar definitely kicked off the repair work," Eagle County Historical Society President Kathy Heicher said. The society hired a piano moving company, sent the instrument off to Denver and waited for word that the work was complete. This summer, the working Nottingham piano returned to Eagle County.

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We always enjoy spending time in the San Juan Region - delivering merit grants makes our visit even better! Congrats to the Coldharbour Institute and safeTALK Suicide Prevention in Gunnison, Colorado.

Thanks Denver Broncos and all who attended our Junior Training Camp yesterday!

Another great Colorado Springs World Affairs Council event at Penrose House discussing US-China relations with David Firestein, Executive Director of the The University of Texas at Austin China Public Policy Center.

We enjoyed participating as a funder Southwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days last week!

@ElPomarFdtn • August 29

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 28

RT @hblick2 Why the @ElPomarFdtn helps restore my faith in humanity and our community, in this week's #FromtheEditor:… https://t.co/RIOugnrCDP

@ElPomarFdtn • August 27

Last night, Police Foundation of Colorado Springs hosted their annual Vittles for Vests fundraiser so all Colorado… https://t.co/a943aqxYmP

@ElPomarFdtn • August 23

Our San Luis Valley team had a great visit to Jones Farms Organics while delivering merit grants to the region.

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