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

City of Leadville purchases historic Tabor Opera House

With the support of El Pomar Foundation and other Colorado organizations, the City of Leadville purchased and plans to restore the historic Tabor Opera House.

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Meet your favorite Disney princesses, watch Frozen, and support the Empty Stocking Fund at Broadmoor Movie Night tomorrow at 630pm. The suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children supports 20 health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak Region. Click here for more information at http://bit.ly/2gE6G4. We hope to see you there!

El Pomar Fellowship is in its 25th year and currently has over 240 Alumni around the country. The connections and relationships made during the Fellowship remain strong through the Alumni network. Applications for the 2017 Fellowship class are due January 17th. Learn more about the Fellowship Experience and the Fellowship Alumni here: http://bit.ly/2fEDEog

GivingTuesday, Fellow Ginni Hill, showed us that there is more than one way to give: she provided her fellow Fellows with a card and an office toy on this special day! Never underestimate the value of simple deeds, and learn more about how to support nonprofits in your community here https://www.givingtuesday.org/. #GivingTuesday

"Individual ideas are only effective if the people around you can advocate and move those ideas forward." Special thanks to the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Jeff Greene, for discussing with the Fellows how mastering the art of effective communication contributes to serving others.

@ElPomarFdtn • December 1

Support @esfsprings at Broadmoor Movie Night tomorrow at 6:30pm. Click here for more information at… https://t.co/2KdXZIx2od

@ElPomarFdtn • November 30

The connections made during the Fellowship remain strong through the Alumni network! Learn about the Fellowship her… https://t.co/Jb2Z7tTqrQ

@ElPomarFdtn • November 29

@GivingTues, Fellow Ginni Hill showed us that there is more than one way to give: she provided Fellows with a card… https://t.co/jkBUgJhcHO

@ElPomarFdtn • November 29

Yesterday, the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Jeff Greene, discussed with Fellows the importance of mastering effective co… https://t.co/ZFA99nZ0br

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