El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

History

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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Fellowship

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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Internship

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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Forum

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.

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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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Just north of downtown Colorado Springs, at 423 N Cascade Avenue, is the McAllister House—one of the three oldest houses in Colorado Springs and the only one that retains its original floor plan. An El Pomar grantee since 1960, the House is open to the public as a museum and provides an opportunity to learn more about the rich history of Colorado Springs and the McAllisters’ role in the development of the region. #Celebrating80Years

While it is well known that nonprofit grant making foundations like El Pomar maintain and grow their assets via financial investments, it is less well known that this means that foundations also pay a considerable sum in taxes each year. In fact, if the IRS were a grantee organization, it would be El Pomar’s sixth highest grantee to date. #Celebrating80Years

A Metro Regional Council Grantee since 2016, Challenge Foundation helps smart, ambitious, and hard-working students break the cycle of poverty through educational opportunities. Learn more here : https://bit.ly/2qEtff0

A world-class mountain biking facility here in Olympic City, USA would be a "wonderful asset to the Pikes Peak Region and the State of Colorado" said our Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl. Today, the Trustees of El Pomar Foundation have committed $1 million to help make this dream come true in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2vdRJBz

@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

@ElPomarFdtn • April 16

A Metro Regional Council Grantee since 2016, Challenge Foundation helps smart, ambitious, and hard-working students… https://t.co/jM9JhB8sIX

@ElPomarFdtn • April 13

RT @DBouchardHall I was very excited and proud to attend announcement today of @ElPomarFdtn $1m grant to new mountain bike park in… https://t.co/OyTSOvfAY1

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