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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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

This program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs e who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets of more than $750,000.  Apply now to participate in this valuable session!  


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

The Challenge Foundation helps hard-working students break the cycle of poverty through education

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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.

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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 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets $750,000+ 


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

A big welcome to Emily Padgett to the Fellowship Class of 2017! Emily graduated from University of Denver and joins us after leading middle school programs in Costa Rica and Peru this summer!

Today, Fellows and Interns enjoyed a tour of Atlas Preparatory School with executive director and Fellowship Class of 2010 alumnus Brittney Stroh. They also had the chance to speak with some excited sixth graders about a day in the life of an Atlas Prep student and their aspirations.

Happy to welcome back a new American Council of Young Political Leaders delegation!The Australian delegation is learning about the inner workings of American government, both at the local and state levels. After meeting with Colorado Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Steiart today, the delegates are meeting with Colorado Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver.

A big welcome to Matthew Nuñez! Returning to Colorado after living abroad as a military child, Matthew joins the 2017 Fellowship Class from St. Edward's University.

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@ElPomarFdtn • July 24

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@ElPomarFdtn • July 24

Big welcome to @MattNunezCO who joins the 2017 Fellowship Class from @stedwardsu! https://t.co/RASaOTIWZ0

@ElPomarFdtn • July 21

A big welcome back to Antonio Huerta, who interned with us last summer, to the Fellowship Class of 2017! https://t.co/k7i894B4RI

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