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

Regional Partnerships

Connecting resources with local solutions. More than 70 community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils representing all 64 Colorado counties. Since 2003 they have invested nearly $14.8 million in their regions.


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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

33rd iteration of Empty Stocking Fund kicks off Thursday to benefit Colorado Springs-area nonprofits

The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign aims to help 20 health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region.

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Today marks El Pomar Foundation’s first woman crush Wednesday, Mrs. Julie Penrose! Her passion and legacy continue today through the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Central City Opera as they serve the arts community. Thank you Julie! #WCW

On National Miners Day, we would like to acknowledge the foundational role mining played in the development of Colorado and the Penrose legacy. Below is a photo of Spencer Penrose at the Cripple Creek Mining Exchange in the early 1890's.

“The world today is facing complex, multi-sector programs and the next generation of leaders have to think strategically and work collaboratively to create positive change." Check out the blog to better understand how the Fellowship Program played a pivotal role in new Fellowship Director, Devanie Helman's journey. http://bit.ly/2h87kqh

The gift of restoring hope in the lives of people is crucial in the Pikes Peak region. By providing hot meals, shelter, family services, and resource referrals, Springs Rescue Mission supports and gives back to the community. Last night, they were honored with a 2016 Award for Excellence. Keep up the great work!

@ElPomarFdtn • December 2

Last night, @springsrescue was honored with the 2016 Award for Excellence for restoring hope in the community! https://t.co/NA6YrGcQNS

@ElPomarFdtn • December 2

@bworldarena accepted an Awards for Excellence last night! Check out the video highlighting their great work! https://t.co/kzhe6tzhtt

@ElPomarFdtn • December 1

Support @esfsprings at Broadmoor Movie Night tomorrow at 6:30pm. Click here for more information at… https://t.co/2KdXZIx2od

@ElPomarFdtn • November 30

The connections made during the Fellowship remain strong through the Alumni network! Learn about the Fellowship her… https://t.co/Jb2Z7tTqrQ

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