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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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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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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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.


Recent News

Grants, community support will make ball fields a reality

The current ball field in Hotchkiss is aged and requires students and players to cross a busy highway after school to attend practice. Grants from local and state funders will be used to build new, multi-sport fields.

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In honor of National Nonprofit Day we want to thank all the individuals and organizations in Colorado that make our nonprofit sector outstanding and impactful.

Last night, Petra Antonia Gonzalez de McCulley was inducted into El Pomar’s Milton E. Proby Room for her commitment to the people of southern Colorado and her advocacy for accessible education and universal human rights.

Take the Fellows out to the ball game- Go Colorado Rockies!

Today, the Fellows participated in their first Investment Challenge class where they will practice smart investment strategies in a simulated stock market competition!

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Last night, Petra Antonia Gonzalez de McCulley was inducted into El Pomar’s Milton E. Proby Room for her commitment… https://t.co/ur0Kolt9z6

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What a wonderful community! Thank you El Paso County, Colorado Colorado Springs City Government Colorado Springs Po… https://t.co/Hg0lvIevGe

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Originally a one-room operation, Silver Key Senior Services has grown considerably over the years and has now serve… https://t.co/NgL5fGGt8T

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