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

On September 8, join us for “Mountains Matter to Millennials” with Luis Benitez, one of the more experienced guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Ask your questions and be ready to discuss how we can make the Pikes Peak community one where young professionals choose to work, play, and stay! To learn more about this free event & to RSVP: https://www.elpomar.org/programs/pikes-peak-recreation-&-tourism-heritage-series/mountains-matter-to-millennials-rsvp-sep-8/ “

Last night, over 350 community members convened to celebrate the induction of George Nakayama into the Milton E. Proby Room at El Pomar Foundation - Penrose House!

Last night, members of the Colorado Springs community gathered to present the winner of the Southeast Business Plan Competition hosted by Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, and Thrive Colorado Springs! Congratulations to Hair Therapy for taking home the prize!

Imagine the possibilities! The deadline to submit a proposal for the Southeast Colorado Springs planning grant is one week away. For more information and to submit an application, check out our website. https://www.elpomar.org/grant-making/request-for-proposal-southeast-colorado-springs/

@ElPomarFdtn • August 24

We also welcome Andrea Aragon to the Foundation's Board of Trustees https://t.co/outqUtakSV #PressRelease https://t.co/kMAsjNvphY

@ElPomarFdtn • August 24

El Pomar announces the election of Matt Carpenter to the Board of Trustees https://t.co/outqUtakSV #PressRelease https://t.co/QT835lQNTw

@ElPomarFdtn • August 23

RT @ColoMtnCollege CMC Reach Your Peak summercamp visits #RifleCO Airport to learn about aerial #firefighting #STEM @ElPomarFdtn https://t.co/E6EE34jQyD

@ElPomarFdtn • August 10

We welcome Emile Uwezowzmungu to El Pomar as a member of the @WashFellowship We are happy to have him here! https://t.co/zlK3ixtmhl

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