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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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

Grantee Story

Working, Risking, and Dreaming for Southeast Colorado. How technology is propelling students forward at Lamar Community College.

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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 non-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

Regional Partnerships

Connecting resources with local solutions. More than 70 community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils representing all 64 Colorado counties. Since 2003 they have invested nearly $14.8 million in their regions.


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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

"I am truly honored to say that El Pomar Foundation has opened the doorway for making real change in a place that I feel my heart belongs." Explore the genuine thoughts of Fellows Ginni Hill and Julia Lawton as they express gratitude towards our Regional Partnerships efforts in Southwest Colorado, and the impact it has made in their personal and professional lives. http://bit.ly/2dwSzwa

This week, funders and grant seekers from all over the state convene in Copper Mountain at Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days.

The Sports Corp hosted the College Hockey Face-Off Luncheon today. Special thanks to head coaches, Mike Haviland at CC Tigers Athletics and Frank Serratore of Air Force Athletics for expressing their passion and excitement for this year's hockey season. We are looking forward to seeing what these young men accomplish on and off the ice!

"Giving back is the most important thing an entrepreneur can do. Period.” At today’s Partners in Philanthropy luncheon hosted by the Center for NonProfit Excellence, Michelle Talarico of Picnic Basket Catering was honored alongside other outstanding individuals, foundations, and businesses with a strong commitment to giving back in the Pikes Peak Region.

@ElPomarFdtn • September 30

See why two Fellows express gratitude towards our Regional Partnerships efforts in Southwest Colorado !… https://t.co/cBrENC2whL

@ElPomarFdtn • September 30

This week, funders and grant seekers from all over the state convene in Copper Mountain at Heart of Colorado Rural… https://t.co/QJ7h6IMyN3

@ElPomarFdtn • September 29

@TheSportsCorp College Hockey Face-Off Luncheon today, head coaches @CCTigers and @AF_Falcons expressed excitement… https://t.co/XFnUDspT1W

@ElPomarFdtn • September 28

At today's Partners in Philanthropy luncheon @CNEColorado, organizations were recognized for their great service in… https://t.co/IJLETuihAp

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