El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

Empty Stocking Fund

The annual Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund provides resources for 20 local health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region. 

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The Fellowship is a two-year, hands-on, continuing education opportunity based in Colorado Springs that combines on-the-job training with a background in leadership theory.

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

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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

Business input wanted for school grants

The Northeast Colorado Post-secondary and Workforce Readiness Partnership is seeking input from local businesses to help rural school districts in Northeastern Colorado secure grants.


“Through the Fellowship I have found a sense of connectedness to Colorado that rivals my feelings toward my hometown. I have traveled to Colorado communities I had never visited, learned about the exceptional work of nonprofits across the state, and experienced personal growth alongside a cohort of outstanding individuals.” – Ann Fenley, Fellowship Class of 2015. Apply for the 2018 Fellowship class at www.elpomar.org/fellowship #whyfellowshipwednesday

The Awards for Excellence team is hard at work filming for the annual Pikes Peak Reception! Since its inception in 1989, the Awards for Excellence program has provided more than $5.8 million in grant support to more than 700 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. #BehindTheScenes

Every year, the Medal of Valor luncheon honors officers who have gone above and beyond in the line of duty. We are grateful to the Colorado Springs Police Department for their service to our community every day.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Colorado Governors Citizenship Medal! Thank you, Governor Hickenlooper and Quarterly Forum for a wonderful evening! And thanks to Global Livingston Institute for the shout out to Bill & Kathy Hybl and for your contributions to our global community! http://bit.ly/2zMOTUW

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

Thank you to our Keynote Speaker, Harris Sherman, for his insights on the Waldo Canyon Fire & how to prepare our co… https://t.co/lJEpolE4cp

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

RT @SallieClark Fmr USDA Undersecretary Natural Resources Harris Sherman-need to be strategic abt taking action to prevent catastro… https://t.co/nNWGkso1Iy

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

The work of the day at the Hertage Series' Forest Health Seminar is WUI - Wildland Urban Interface!

@ElPomarFdtn • October 20

The Pikes Peak Heritage Series is proud to welcome experts on forest health today to discuss our region's fire prep… https://t.co/x8YKcbyuoW

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