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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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

This program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs e who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets of more than $750,000.  Apply now to participate in this valuable session!  


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

The Challenge Foundation helps hard-working students break the cycle of poverty through education

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Pikes Peak at Sunrise

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


The Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets $750,000+ 


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

The Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking recognizes grantmakers who make a critical difference in a creative way. Noah Atencio, Vice President of Community Impact for Community First Foundation and El Pomar Fellowship Alum, was recognized this year for his leadership of The Innovator’s Society which funds promising approaches to improving community mental wellness.Congratulations, Noah!

Project Hope of Gunnison Valley supports initiatives that promote violence-free communities through prevention based education and outreach within Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties. Yesterday, El Pomar Fellows delivered two merit grants on behalf of the San Juan Regional Council to recognize Project Hope’s efforts.

Preparations are complete for the Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar. We are excited to host private foundation leaders beginning tomorrow to discuss practical problems they face in the day-to-day management of their foundations and provide updates on tax law impacting foundations.

Members of the Metro Regional Council and the Metro Regional Fellows visited Escuela de Guadalupe, to tour their new science lab and hear about the innovative work that Escuela is doing in both the middle school learning and dual language education.

@ElPomarFdtn • August 24

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 17

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@ElPomarFdtn • July 26

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@ElPomarFdtn • July 24

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