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

ACYPL

Founded in 1993, El Pomar Foundation’s ACYPL program partners with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3), to host young emerging political leaders from around the world.

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PPHS

El Pomar Foundation launched the Pikes Peak Heritage Series in 2015 to celebrate and raise awareness of the natural assets of the Pikes Peak Region.

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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

Women of Influence: Elizabeth Jefferson (McMearn)

Congratulations to El Pomar's Liz Jefferson on her recent award as one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal's 2018 Women of Influence!

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Congratulations Terrell! Pikes Peak Community College is lucky to have you as their new Multicultural Student Success Coach. Since you joined the Foundation with the Fellowship Class of 2016 your commitment to relationship-building and investment in others' success has been apparent and will serve you well in this new role!

El Pomar Fellows have the opportunity to meet political leaders from around the globe with the American Council of Young Political Leaders #FellowFridays

Have you checked out Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo? If not, it runs until Jan. 1! This year, the light show was a nominee for the USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Award for the Best Zoo Lights category after finishing 9th last year.

Our San Luis Valley regional partnerships team had a great visit with the Archuleta County Education Center, a grant partner in the region! They also stopped in Creede, CO to meet with a council member and take in the sights.

@ElPomarFdtn • September 26

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 29

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 28

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@ElPomarFdtn • August 27

Last night, Police Foundation of Colorado Springs hosted their annual Vittles for Vests fundraiser so all Colorado… https://t.co/a943aqxYmP

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