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

Summer events bring publicity, cash

El Pomar Foundation partners with Colorado Springs Sports Corp. and other key community organizations to bring Colorado Classic bike race to town.

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Fellows and staff stepped up for kids at Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation's 3rd annual "Climb for Courage". Beautiful morning at Falcon Stadium!

We are so very grateful to all of our first responders.

“Pikes Peak is one of the few races left that allows for innovation, and that’s what sets it apart from any other race.” With the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site) just around the corner this Sunday, Jason Campbell, Curator of the Penrose Heritage Museum sits down to talk about his love of the event, it's significance and how it's changed over the past 45 years. https://www.elpomar.org/blog/detail/through-the-curators-eyes-the-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/2541/

With the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Official Site) this Sunday, the annual Media Day took place over at the Penrose Heritage Museum, where several competitors gathered for interviews and photos before their big event. The day ended with Frank Peterson driving the Broadmoor Special aka the "Yellow Devil" over to El Pomar Foundation - Penrose House, with Vice President Peter Maiurro riding shotgun!

@ElPomarFdtn • June 23

Spencer Penrose started the Pikes Peak Internation Hill Climb. 101 years later read how it's changed:… https://t.co/Q2TL5dyzrz

@ElPomarFdtn • June 16

RT @usolympicmuseum Thank you to those who attended our groundbreaking event. Your support helps to honor athletes for years to come. https://t.co/pWgXwgoZEH

@ElPomarFdtn • June 9

RT @COSpringsMayor Groundbreaking ceremony starting now at the site of the future U.S. Olympic Museum! #olympiccityusa https://t.co/Lw1bv0jehX

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