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 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.