About Us

El Pomar is a general purpose foundation committed to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado

Penrose House Conference Center

Our Team

Together Trustees and staff honor the legacy of Spencer and Julie Penrose through overseeing and carrying out El Pomar Foundation's grant making as well as community stewardship and leadership development programs.

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Our History

El Pomar is a foundation for Colorado, with a mission inspired by the values of Spencer and Julie Penrose.

Spencer Penrose was a Philadelphia entrepreneur who moved to Colorado Springs in 1892. Over the ensuing decades he made his fortune through investing in gold and copper in Colorado and the American West. Meanwhile, Julie Penrose was a patroness of the arts and a local leader in philanthropy. Together, the couple established El Pomar Foundation in 1937.


Historic Properties

The legacy of Spencer and Julie Penrose is sprinkled throughout the Pikes Peak region. From The Broadmoor Hotel to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak Highway, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, this region wouldn't look the same without them.  

The Penrose Heritage Museum, adjacent to The Broadmoor Hotel, is free and open to the public as is the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun perched atop Cheyenne Mountain. Whether it’s for the stunning view from the Shrine of the Sun, a close-up look at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or the dozens of horse drawn carriages, you will learn more about the region and the life and legacy of Spencer and Julie Penrose by visiting El Pomar Foundation’s historic properties.

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Annual Report & Financial Information

El Pomar Foundation annual reports highlight the Foundation's grant making and programmatic activities each year.