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

"Our model goes beyond a school.”- Brittney Stroh, Executive Director Atlas Preparatory School continues to foster community through innovative educational programs in southeast Colorado Springs. Today, El Pomar Fellows connected with some of their middle school students and learned more about the organization’s goal to inspire students and families in the area.

Fellows recently visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and their CEO, Bob Chastain, to learn about their incredible role in the Colorado Springs community as an extension of Spencer Penrose's legacy. It seems like they made a few new friends during their visit!

Today is #takeyourpantsforawalkday, which promotes movement and healthy activities. We'd like to thank Pikes Peak YMCA for their commitment to fostering health and wellness in the Pikes Peak region’s daily. https://www.ppymca.org/

The Creede Repertory Theatre continues to make its mark on the San Luis Valley. We appreciate their use of theater and the arts to foster community in the region! http://www.creederep.org/about-history-sub

@ElPomarFdtn • July 27

Fellows made some new friends at the @CheyenneMtnZoo! https://t.co/JM0jUf4h4T

@ElPomarFdtn • July 27

#TakeYourPantsForAWalkDay Thanks to @ppymca for their commitment to promoting movement and healthy activities!

@ElPomarFdtn • July 22

RT @alexhaleigh @ElPomarFdtn can't believe our summer at El Pomar Foundation is almost over! #EPFIntern https://t.co/I69ECvPpPw

@ElPomarFdtn • July 22

Did you know Spencer Penrose kept his exotic animal collection at @TheBroadmoor ? #PenroseHistory https://t.co/PRxA7T47jA

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