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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The best postgraduate experience in Colorado, the Fellowship is dedicated to developing rising leaders who are invested in the well-being of Colorado communities.

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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

Sally Beck Fund

A new fund supporting nonprofit organizations that provide direct care to equines, therapeutic riding programs, equine education programs, and equine-related disaster response programs.

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El Pomar’s Internship Program provides a unique summer experience for continuing undergraduate students. Interns have the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector and develop professional interests.

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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

El Pomar commits $1 million to Colorado Springs mountain biking facility

El Pomar has committed $1 million, $100,000 per year for 10 years, to underwrite the the City of Colorado Springs' operational expenses for such a park.

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Today, we said farewell to the Fellowship class of 2016. They are headed across Colorado and the country to pursue their dreams! We wish them all the best. Stay tuned over the coming weeks to hear the class of 2016 reflect on their two years here at El Pomar!

The Colorado Civic Barbecue is happening now! Click here to learn more, and watch the Democratic debates live at 1:45 on Colorado Politics and KKTV 11 News!

Thanks to Cycology Studio for hosting our first El Pomar friends and family spin class!

One of El Pomar’s five grant making areas is health and the Foundation has proudly supported innovation in medical research over the years. One notable grantee is Webb Waring Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which was originally founded as the Webb-Waring Lung Institute in 1924 and works “…to conduct and teach innovative biomedical research that improves the understanding, treatment and prevention of disease worldwide." #Celebrating80Years

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The Colorado Civic Barbecue is happening now! Click here to learn more. https://t.co/T9Uzv1Figi

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One of El Pomar’s five grant making areas is health and the Foundation has proudly supported innovation in medical… https://t.co/m6kGI7fBBA

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Happy #NationalTravelTourismWeek! Did you know that the Pikes Peak Heritage Series studied how millennials view out… https://t.co/dEfWkBHM16

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Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay! Education was important to Spencer and Julie Penrose’s philanthropic efforts, and th… https://t.co/cTEhK1ZxyI

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