El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

History

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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Fellowship

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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Internship

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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Forum

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.

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Recent News

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Two Regional Advisory Councils of El Pomar Foundation assisted in bringing the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Pueblo. Read more from the Valley Courier.

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"It's one thing to grant money, but it's another thing to grant money with a purpose that is so close to somebody's mission and values." Thank you, Melissa Wills, for your commitment to El Pomar's mission over the past two years! We know you will do great things at Vail Valley Foundation as their Education Development Officer.

Happy first day of summer! We are excited to get outside and soak up some sun in Colorful Colorado this season. Photo by Fellow, Matt Nuñez. #MattsLens

In partnership with American Council of Young Political Leaders, we welcomed delegates from Japan this past weekend! Fellows introduced them to our city with a tour of the Olympic Training Center and dinner downtown.

Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. has been educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives and now serves more than half of the counties in Colorado. #Celebrating80Years

@ElPomarFdtn • June 22

"It's one thing to grant money, but it's another thing to grant money with a purpose that is so close to somebody's… https://t.co/mpPUUkbe4Y

@ElPomarFdtn • June 20

In partnership with American Council of Young Political Leaders, we welcomed delegates from Japan this past weekend… https://t.co/zsDewlSCDA

@ElPomarFdtn • June 19

Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. has been educating and inspiring young people to value fr… https://t.co/NL6Pwq3YkT

@ElPomarFdtn • June 18

"Upon first glance, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun looks like something out of medieval Europe. A tall stone tow… https://t.co/gPvN2rw0Y0

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