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

This Friday, come celebrate the official kickoff for Arts Month at the 2016 Artini. Hosted by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Artini is a free community celebration of arts and culture. https://www.facebook.com/events/1600061813645424/

“My original question, therefore, might be flawed: the dichotomy of ‘better’ and ‘worse’ does not apply, because each sector has its strengths and weaknesses. Both institutions complement each other by succeeding where the other is challenged.” Read about Corbin’s enhanced understanding of the nonprofit sector on our intern blog! https://www.elpomar.org/blog/detail/two-perspectives-for-the-betterment-of-colorado/2452/

Yesterday attendees packed the room in support of the NAMI Colorado Behavioral Summit. Mental health advocates learned about different programs, volunteer opportunities, and events in hopes to increase community engagement and ultimately support those who are facing health challenges.

This week, the American Council of Young Political Leaders Japan delegation is visiting Colorado. Their time has included meetings with elected officials about the role of local government and voter engagement, as well as a tour of the Penrose Heritage Museum and Garden of the Gods. Now they're off to Denver to experience more of this great state! #acyplJapan

@ElPomarFdtn • September 26

This Friday, come celebrate Arts Month, as the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is hosting the "Artini".… https://t.co/diZ6EGL8gz

@ElPomarFdtn • September 23

Read about Summer Intern @CorbinHHart enhanced understanding of the non profit sector on our intern blog!… https://t.co/BioAnNBEaK

@ElPomarFdtn • September 23

Yesterday the room was filled with mental health advocates in support of @NAMICommunicate Behavioral Summit! https://t.co/pcjUn5g95Y

@ElPomarFdtn • September 22

This week, @ACYPL Japan delegation has enjoyed our great state! #acyplJapan https://t.co/5ueTcGPF0P

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