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

El Pomar commits $1 million to Colorado Springs mountain biking facility

El Pomar has committed $1 million, $100,000 per year for 10 years, to underwrite the the City of Colorado Springs' operational expenses for such a park.

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@ElPomarFdtn • April 25

We have partnered with the #AnschutzFoundation to bolster fire mitigation efforts to make El Paso County a more fir… https://t.co/5xOEdhTLZ4

@ElPomarFdtn • April 24

Former Fellow Beau Kelly of UCCS was named a 2018 Rising Star by the Colorado Springs Business Journal! Click here… https://t.co/14LI2w0JPV

@ElPomarFdtn • April 20

Just north of downtown Colorado Springs, at 423 N Cascade Avenue, is the McAllister House—one of the three oldest h… https://t.co/3NdGq8ptkS

@ElPomarFdtn • April 17

While it is well known that nonprofit grant making foundations like El Pomar maintain and grow their assets via fin… https://t.co/vc6cGqkIEu

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