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

Pikes Peak Heritage Series

The Pikes Peak Heritage Series convenes groups around important aspects of the region's history, current condition, and future prospects. 

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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

Broncos 7K run series across Colorado

The Broncos will host three 7K runs as part of their Broncos Fit campaign

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“An investment in young children pays dividends in the long term.” - Linda Gann (San Juan Council Member) The San Juan Regional Council recently met with representatives from Bright Futures, Delta Family Center, Hilltop Health Services, Gunnison County's Pyramid Model Leadership Team and Montrose County School District RE-1J to advance early childhood education in the region. Learn more about the council’s efforts here http://bit.ly/2od6l0a.

Congratulations, what an evening for the Quad Innovation Partnership! 4 anchor institutions US Air Force Academy (Official) Pikes Peak Community College UCCS Colorado College increasing innovation, strengthening Colorado, and nurturing emerging entrepreneurial minds.

The 2017 #SalutetoFans Tour, a partnership between El Pomar Foundation and the Denver Broncos, will be live from Southwest and Southeast Colorado this weekend! We encourage Broncos fans in Cortez, Del Norte, and Trinidad to check out what is going on in your town! For more info click here http://bit.ly/2nZtnqq.

From Fellow to Executive Director at the Joseph Henry Edmonson Foundation, Heather Carroll (Class of '94) has been a key mover and shaker in Colorado Springs. Heather serves as a mentor to several Fellows and continues to sow the good seeds of philanthropy in our community. #WCW #ForeverFellows

@ElPomarFdtn • April 20

The 2017 #SaluteToFans Tour begins tomorrow in Southwest Colorado! For more info click here https://t.co/pUzDjtm0Os. https://t.co/jYKVaJ7PkH

@ElPomarFdtn • April 7

This week at the Broadmoor, Space Foundation's 33rd "Space Symposium" allowed space enthusiasts to network and visi… https://t.co/ylmRjpiwcI

@ElPomarFdtn • March 27

In partnership with El Pomar and @USBank the 2017 #SaluteToFans Tour may be coming to you this spring! Click here… https://t.co/wz3HuZ5L5e

@ElPomarFdtn • March 27

RT @Broncos Our 2017 #SaluteToFans Tour will feature 11 stops from April to June! Mark your 🗓 » https://t.co/wL6AyFxDtS https://t.co/eFxSt1iwgh

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