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

Borderlands exhibit Valley day set

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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"Upon first glance, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun looks like something out of medieval Europe. A tall stone tower, it watches Colorado Springs from the northeast side of Cheyenne Mountain. While many city residents know what it is, a surprising number have never visited for a closer look." 2018 summer intern Gretchen Gaebler reflects on her internship experience so far at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.

Thanks to Community Resource Center for hosting Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days! It was exciting talking with other nonprofits in Lamar, Colorado.

This weekend, we are thrilled to welcome delegates from Japan in partnership with American Council of Young Political Leaders. Their arrival is perfectly timed with #NationalFlagDay!

A few of the Foundation's staff visited the U.S. Olympic Museum construction site last week. It is exciting to see the progress being made on this project!

@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

@ElPomarFdtn • June 15

Thanks to Community Resource Center for hosting Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days! It was exciting talking… https://t.co/9Bz7Pq996V

@ElPomarFdtn • June 14

This weekend, we are thrilled to welcome delegates from Japan in partnership with American Council of Young Politic… https://t.co/33HpOXOYed

@ElPomarFdtn • June 13

A few of the Foundation's staff visited the U.S. Olympic Museum construction site last week. It is exciting to see… https://t.co/XLUvxtWd6C

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