El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

2021 Foundation Giving in Colorado

Read the full report on Foundation Giving in Colorado.

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2020 Annual Report

Learn more about El Pomar's activities and grant making in 2020.

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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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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

Regional Partnerships

The Regional Partnerships program convenes community leaders into 11 regional councils that advise El Pomar's Trustees and recommend grants to address the greatest needs in their home communities across the state.

Empty Stocking Fund

In partnership with The Gazette, Colorado Springs’s daily newspaper, El Pomar helps facilitate this fundraising campaign that has raised over $1 million dollars annually for the past nine years.

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Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Development equips ethnic minorities already engaged in their own communities with the training to broaden their impact on the community at-large.

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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

El Pomar Foundation Allocates $575k in Funding in Response to Marshall Fire

El Pomar Foundation’s Trustees approved $575,000 in grant funding to support immediate and ongoing relief efforts related to the Marshall Fire that has devastated Boulder County.

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