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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At yesterday’s first annual State of the Outdoors event, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, and Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office discussed how the outdoor recreation industry helps drive our economy and quality of life, in Colorado Springs and across the state. Thanks for including Our Pikes Peak Heritage Series join the conversation. Learn more here http://bit.ly/2naZgei.

According to recent data from U.S. Census Bureau, in Colorado Springs, people between the ages of 20 and 34 made up roughly 22 percent of the population in 2015. Due to mainstream media and today’s culture hubs like Loyal Coffee have become a hangout spot for millennials! Check out our blog to understand why “Colorado is a top destination for millennial college graduates.” - John W. Hickenlooper http://bit.ly/2nWye7Q

“You have to strive to thrive. You have to lead. You must work together. Be motivated and appreciated.” -Joan Garry on how to survive as a nonprofit today at Center for Nonprofit Excellence's nonprofit day. Check out Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership for more tips! #NDC2017

On Tuesday, the Fellows Investment Challenge class concluded with a fun game of “Fellow Feud”. Special thanks to our Investment Office Specialists: Thayer Tutt, Connie Rickard, Lisa Carlson, Davis Tutt and Kaitlin Johnson for teaching Fellows more about personal investment strategies. Do you know what an index fund is?

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

@ElPomarFdtn • March 14

Check out the blog to better understand the Metro Council's pivotal role in the growth of Escuela de Guadalupe.… https://t.co/ENOdCurqTd

@ElPomarFdtn • March 8

RT @VoteDHendrix Thank you to @ElPomarFdtn & @CSLILeaders for hosting the community-wide candidate forum yesterday! Deborah was hono… https://t.co/OVy854kBg1

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