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

The Fellowship

One of the best post graduate experiences in Colorado, the Fellowship is dedicated to developing future leaders and committed to executing the mission of the Foundation. Applications are due January 17, 2017. 


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

El Pomar's Metro Regional Council's partnership with Compass supports four City Year Corps Members serving at Compass Academy during the 2016-17 school year. Metro Region Fellows Vj Brown and Ryan Burton visited yesterday and had a chance to meet Corps Members and staff. To learn more about the Metro Region click here: http://bit.ly/2jHJE0p.

"Knowing that the people of the region are working tirelessly to have increasingly better access to health care and information, more opportunities for recreation, and the new possibility of first jobs and technology industries makes me humble to support them." #TBT to Fellow, Trevor Zalkind's observations and personal takeaways after his first trip to the San Juan Region last August! http://bit.ly/2jCK9JB To learn more about El Pomar's partnerships in rural Colorado, click here: http://bit.ly/2iOokSZ.

What is a collateralized debt obligation? What is a credit default swap?" 2nd year Fellows discussed these questions and the greater issues of ethics and policy while analyzing the 2008 crisis in yesterday’s Business and Society class. Learn more about this unique professional development experience at http://bit.ly/2eG5bWB.

@ElPomarFdtn • January 20

RT @NanoOnTrails 85k study on parks Econ impact presented @ElPomarFdtn @VisitCOS @springsgov @CoRecIndustry #supportcosparks thought… https://t.co/BCiQxaZTPh

@ElPomarFdtn • January 12

@springsgov > 90% of our children use our parks More than 84% of adults a community of "super-users"-TPL https://t.co/XR2CaoNcP3

@ElPomarFdtn • January 9

A greenhouse, recording studio, and gym highlighted the regional Fellows tour of the Boys and Girls Club of the San… https://t.co/o6ySRf6W92

@ElPomarFdtn • January 6

See how Fellow Alumni, Cecilia Crossen, used the Fellowship Program as a springboard towards her future!… https://t.co/wIY0B1splz

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