El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

2018 Annual Report

Learn more about El Pomar's activities and grant making in 2018.

Learn More


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.

learn more

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.

Learn More

Pikes Peak at Sunrise

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.


Apples. iStock_000059049736_XXXLarge.jpg apply for a grant

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.

IMGP8781.JPG meeting space

Featured Programs


El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) trains nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to effectively manage and lead extraordinary nonprofit organizations. 

NELP 1.jpg

Since 1993, El Pomar Foundation has partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3), to host young emerging political leaders from around the world.

ACYPL Secretary Williams.JPG

El Pomar’s Internship Program provides a unique summer experience for continuing undergraduate students. Interns receive an introduction to the nonprofit sector and an opportunity to develop professional interests and skills. 

explore our programs

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

Philanthropy Roundtable: How to Be a Loyal Local Giver

To get a sense of what it takes to be a loyal, local funder, The Philanthropy Roundtable spoke with friends and members, including Cathy Robbins of El Pomar Foundation.


We were pleased to share grant checks with some of the wonderful local organizations of the San Juan Region, including KVNF Mountain Grown Public Radio, the Paonia Public Library Foundation, and the Gunnison Country Food Pantry!

Congratulations to Corey Baron, Fellowship Class of 2017, as she heads on to New Haven, Connecticut to pursue an MBA at the Yale School of Management. Although we will miss Corey's kind and passionate presence at the Foundation, her intelligence and determination will thrive through her continued studies.

Celebrating #InternationalSelfieDay with Spencer Penrose and some of our summer interns!

This week, the Northwest Regional Council met at Colorado Mountain College in Grand Junction to discuss their funding focus area and efforts for continued engagement in the region.

Read More