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

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

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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

Pikes Peak Heritage Series

The Pikes Peak Heritage Series convenes groups around important aspects of the region's history, current condition, and future prospects. 

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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

Broncos 7K run series across Colorado

The Broncos will host three 7K runs as part of their Broncos Fit campaign

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Have you ever wondered what historical structure you often see and hear on Cheyanne Mountain? Click below to learn more about one of Colorado's most beautiful places to visit. Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun FOX21 News

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, El Pomar Foundation - Penrose House was purchased in 1916 by Spencer and Julie Penrose and has evolved into a conference center available to nonprofit organizations and government agencies free of charge. Learn more about the history of Penrose House here: http://bit.ly/2rZQNdF. #TBT

"Colorado is leading the way in shaping how we engage the emerging leaders in government." - John W. Hickenlooper We would like to congratulate three former Fellows: Gary Butterworth (CEO, Pikes Peak Community Foundation), Brook Borgen (President, Borgen Consulting), and Craig Smith (President, HomeAdvisor) for being selected to join the 2018 class of Colorado Govenors Fellows! The programs focus is to influence the states brightest leaders to make a difference in public service. For more info click here:http://bit.ly/2qY3c2o. #ForeverFellows

The Air Force Academy Foundation hosted its annual Cadet Leadership Reception at the Air Force Academy’s Carlton House last night. The Foundation honored many outstanding Cadets, including those that participated in the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development and attended the Colorado Leadership Alliance Summit this past January. The Air Force Academy Foundation is pleased to support the mission of the Air Force Academy, Colorado and would like to congratulate all of the Cadets that are graduating this week.

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We are excited to have the Intern Class of 2017 on board for a unique summer at the Foundation! https://t.co/jZR4m08tYV

@ElPomarFdtn • May 16

Yesterday, the Foundation recognized 2nd Year Fellows for their contributions to El Pomar. Good luck in your next s… https://t.co/2Zny2pi5QG

@ElPomarFdtn • May 16

RT @IAALS If you missed our award dinner honoring @ElPomarFdtn & William & Kyle Hybl, check out our tribute video & blog:… https://t.co/jZAOTJ1Tu2

@ElPomarFdtn • May 13

RT @CheyenneMtnZoo That's a lot of lettuce! How many heads of Romaine do you think our giraffe herd goes through per year?… https://t.co/NeYAc9sk9t

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