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

New Possibilities in Southeast Colorado Springs

El Paso County Public Health announced as the lead agency in a community-led initiative to strengthen Southeast Colorado Springs.

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This afternoon at Harrison School District Two's, State of the School Luncheon, there was genuine excitement surrounding the district's commitment to developing transferable skills among our youth through the arts.

Last night, the power of sport was evident at the 2016 Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony as The Sports Corp and guests celebrated the accomplishments of the 2000 Palmer High School Men’s Basketball team and numerous sports figures in the Pikes Peak Region.

In their first 4 months of El Pomar's two-year professional development program, 1st Year Fellows summited a 13er in the Sangre de Cristos, began learning strategic planning principles through a Nonprofit Management course, and helped convene community leaders from across the state to discuss the future outlook of Colorado through a philanthropic lens. Learn more about the first-year Fellowship experience here: http://bit.ly/2eG5bWB

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo surprised our staff today with a visit from a scary but friendly "spider women" who delivered bugs and kisses around the Foundation!

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@ElPomarFdtn • October 27

This afternoon, @HarrisonSDTwo expressed a commitment to developing transferable skills among our youth through the… https://t.co/XZtR22XrXK

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