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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2018 Foundation Giving in Colorado

A snapshot of giving and regional differences among foundations in Colorado. 

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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


El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) trains nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to effectively manage and lead extraordinary nonprofit organizations. 

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El Pomar Foundation launched the Pikes Peak Heritage Series in 2015 to celebrate and raise awareness of the natural assets of the Pikes Peak Region.

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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

5 business events that made the Springs

A historical review of five business events that shaped the city of Colorado Springs, one of which highlights our founder, Spencer Penrose.


Last week at Colorado Mountain College, the High Country Regional Council brought together members of the Education Leadership Council and school administrators from across the region to discuss the successes and challenges of middle school education.

We appreciate The Gazette's coverage of mental health in Colorado. A difficult but important topic to discuss - a topic that a number of our Regional Councils are addressing throughout the state. Learn more about the work of our Regional Councils here: https://www.elpomar.org/programs/regional-partnerships/

What an incredible opportunity to attend the Space Foundation 35th annual Space Symposium, hosted by The Broadmoor!

Congratulations to all Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Award finalists! We are especially excited to see We Don't Waste on this list, one of our 2018 Awards for Excellence recipients. All 2019 finalists can be found here: http://ow.ly/46Ue30ooPgo

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