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

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?" On this special day, we would like to thank Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. for his work to make the world a land of equal opportunity for all people.

"Colorado Springs' 14,000 acres of outdoor amenities provide hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year." Yesterday the The Trust for Public Land, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, and El Pomar's Pikes Peak Recreation & Tourism Heritage Series celebrated the release of a study measuring the economic benefits of parks and recreation today. To view the report, visit http://bit.ly/2iQnnu4. #epfheritage #parksandrec

“Touted as “a knockout new restaurant” by The Denver Post, Work & Class was named one of the Top 25 Restaurants in Denver by 5280 magazine, one of the Best 21 New Restaurants in America by Thrillist, and one of the 14 Best New Restaurants in America by Zagat. Work & Class opened in January, 2014 and is founded and owned by Fellowship alumna Delores Tronco.” Read more about how her experiences as a Fellow helped springboard her career! http://bit.ly/2jcTqrb

Every year, The Colorado Education Initiative's "Healthy School Champions Program" highlights Colorado schools who continue to demonstrate the connection between student health and academic success. The application deadline is January 20th! For more information click here http://bit.ly/2jw1ct2 .

@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

@ElPomarFdtn • January 3

We are gearing up for a new 2017 Fellowship class! Applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 11:59 MST. Visit… https://t.co/SQ0K9i14W9

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