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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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

Sally Beck Fund

A new fund supporting nonprofit organizations that provide direct care to equines, therapeutic riding programs, equine education programs, and equine-related disaster response programs.

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El Pomar’s Internship Program provides a unique summer experience for continuing undergraduate students. Interns have the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector and develop professional interests.

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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.

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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

Impressive UCCS Ent Center for the Arts opens with special gala for 800

"Let the magic begin." The dream had come true for Chancellor Emerita Pam Shockley-Zalabak with the Center's opening gala.

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Do you know any Colorado leaders looking to affect change and make an enduring difference? If so, consider nominating them for the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program. Click the link below to learn more!

Since 1950, University of Denver and Colorado College have faced off 4 times a year in hopes of winning the Battle for the Gold Pan. Alumni of both schools in the Fellowship program are anxious to see who will win tonight's face-off at the Broadmoor World Arena. Who do you want to see take home the trophy?

"The more we can work together, the more effective we can be when we're addressing large issues" - Gabby Lane, Mayor of Fairplay, Colorado The Central Peaks Regional Council convened community leaders, elected officials, and funders to discuss priorities for philanthropic dollars in their home communities.

Spencer and Julie Penrose would have celebrated their 112th anniversary this year! We wish all the best to you and yours.

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@ElPomarFdtn • February 9

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