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

Empowering Nonprofits

Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, elaborates on how big bets can help redistribute wealth and rebalance the power dynamic between donors and nonprofits. Mr. Cardinali discusses El Pomar's Regional Partnership program and celebrates the power of listening to local communities.


A big thank you to all who attended Disney On Ice at Broadmoor World Arena as part of our Military Appreciation Night. We had a blast and hope you enjoyed seeing your favorite characters!

We can't wait for the historic Pike's Peak Cog Railway to reopen in 2021 after some much needed repairs! Learn more about that process here: http://ow.ly/TqbG30o8NO8 Here's Spencer Penrose on a much smaller version of the cog railway at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in an undated photo.

Congratulations to the Town of Buena Vista, in the Central Peaks Region, for being recognized as the best mountain town in the Rockies!

We enjoyed Colorado Nonprofit Association's Nonprofit Day last week! Thank you for organizing such a thought provoking and energizing event.

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