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

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

Congratulations to all of the award winners, including long-time driver, Rhys Millen, of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site)!

It looks like we have a new friend at El Pomar Foundation - Penrose House!

Today is a perfect day to get outside and enjoy the last few days of #COBikeMonth! Organizations like Kids on Bikes that support healthy living and sustainable transport are increasingly important to our community.

In honor of PTSD Awareness Month, we’d like to recognize the impact of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Military Artistic Healing Program. Thank you to organizations across Colorado that support service-men and women who experience PTSD. http://bit.ly/292bqzr

@ElPomarFdtn • June 27

Thank you to the @FineArtsCenter for supporting service-men and women who experience PTSD #PTSDAwarenessMonth https://t.co/ibqB8BfFn0

@ElPomarFdtn • June 22

#EPFIntern Moment of the Week: Fellow alumnus James Bjorklund showed the Interns around the Olympic Training Center https://t.co/Lff1IdYDno

@ElPomarFdtn • June 21

Read about Fellow Garrett Mayberry's experience with learning to listen during his research in Brazil https://t.co/wC9kyohDN5

@ElPomarFdtn • June 20

We had a blast at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ball on Saturday! Conservation efforts are critical for all of Colorado. https://t.co/IgymvHFtKC

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