About Us

El Pomar Foundation was established in 1937 by Spencer and Julie Penrose, creating an enduring legacy to carry out their philanthropic wishes.

Penrose House Conference Center

Our Mission

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

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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

Spencer and Julie Penrose met in Colorado Springs and married in 1906.  A mining industry entrepreneur with childhood friend and business partner, Charles L. Tutt, Spencer created many iconic attractions in the Pikes Peak region. The couple also founded or made transformational gifts to nonprofits and established El Pomar Foundation to carry on their philanthropic endeavors. 


Historic Properties

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. 

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Annual Report & Financial Information

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