El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

Awards for Excellence

The Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations by presenting them with cash awards for their impressive work to support the people of Colorado.

2017 Recipients

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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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


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

Efforts to help kids earns CRP El Pomar 'Award for Excellence'

Center for Restorative Programs, Kit Carson Rural Development, and Project Angel Heart were honored at El Pomar's 2017 Awards for Excellence Ceremony.


"Collective, bold actions can truly make a difference" -Harris Sherman, Keynote Speaker Thank you to all who spent today learning about how to better prepare for fires in our community.

The Pikes Peak Heritage Series is proud to welcome experts on forest health today to discuss our region's fire preparedness. For more information on the Heritage Series please visit: https://www.elpomar.org/programs/pikes-peak-heritage-series/

As the leaves continue to fall around the Penrose House, we are reminded of the history of the property’s landscaping. Designed by the renowned Olmsted brothers in 1916, the grounds are beautiful in all seasons and serve as the perfect venue for hosting incredible nonprofit organizations from across the state. #tbt

Recruiting for El Pomar’s 2018 Internship and Fellowship classes has begun! Applications are due January 16th, and can be found on our website!

@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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