2016 Statewide Meeting

October 2 - 4, 2016

Black Hawk, CO


The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation are pleased to welcome you to the 2016 Statewide Meeting.

When Spencer and Julie Penrose established El Pomar Foundation, they were instrumental in setting the trajectory of their home, Colorado Springs. But it was Colorado, not only Colorado Springs that was home to the Penroses. Recognizing this, they established El Pomar Foundation as a foundation for Colorado in 1937. Today, the Foundation remains deeply committed to the entire state, and in its 14th year, the Regional Partnerships program has allowed us to work more effectively throughout rural Colorado as communities invest in their home.

This year, our agenda is focused on the voices of Colorado. To us, home is Colorado, each of our eleven regions, and all 64 counties. Throughout the retreat, Regional Council members will have the opportunity to learn about some of the key topics currently being addressed by foundations, to hear about the state of Colorado from experts in different industries, and to connect with one another.  We hope that the connections made at this meeting will inspire new ideas and encourage ongoing collaboration that benefits the philanthropic sector in Colorado.

This year's keynote speakers are:  

  • Elizabeth Garner, Colorado State Demographer
  • Dr. James Pritchett, Executive Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University
  • Patty Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at University of Colorado
  • Luis Benitez, Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office 

2016 Statewide Meeting Agenda

Please see the Agenda document below for a full agenda including meeting locations. 

Sunday, October 2

9:00 AM- 10:30 AM              Regional Council Meetings

10:45 AM-12:45 AM             Central City Opera House Tour

11:15 AM-12:00 PM              Trustees Emeritus Meeting

11:15 AM-12:00 PM              Governance Meeting

12:00 PM-1:00 PM                 Trustees Council Meeting/

                                                     Working Lunch

12:00 PM-1:00 PM                 Lunch

12:15 PM-1:00 PM                 Investment Committee Meeting/

                                                     Working Lunch

1:00 PM-4:00 PM                   Trustees Meeting

2:00 PM-5:00 PM                   Broncos Game Watch Party

6:00 PM-6:45 PM                   Voices of Colorado Reception

7:00 PM-9:00 PM                   Awards for Excellence Dinner


Tuesday, October 4

8:00 AM-9:30 AM                 Achievement in Sport Breakfast

9:30 AM                                 Adjourn

Monday, October 3

8:00 AM-9:30 AM                 El Pomar Foundation Update/Breakfast

9:45 AM-11:00 AM               Regional Council Meetings

9:45 AM-11:00 AM               Regional Partnerships: The Next Phase

11:15 AM-2:00 PM                General Session: Forecasting the Future

                                                 Keynote Panel                                                

2:00 PM-4:15 PM                   General Session Breakouts:

                                                     Breakout: You Have Data:  So What? 

                                                     Breakout: To Fund, or Not to Fund? 

                                                     Measurement & Evaluation

                                                     Breakout: When One Organization

                                                     Cannot Do It by Itself: Partnerships

4:30 PM-5:30 PM                   Northwest Council Meeting

4:30 PM-5:30 PM                   Cohorts Convene

5:30 PM-6:30 PM                   Wendelken Reception  

6:30 PM-9:00 PM                   Colorado’s Response to the

                                                 Evolving Cyber Threat Dinner                                               


Dress Code

Appropriate attire for all meetings

  • Men – Collared shirt and slacks (with or without sports coat), khakis and denim okay
  • Women – Slacks/skirt, blouse or shirt (with or without a jacket), khakis and denim okay
  • Not acceptable – Shorts, tank tops, flip flops

Attire for dinner on Sunday, October 2

  • Men – Collared shirt, jacket, slacks (no tie required)
  • Women – Slacks, skirt, blouse shirt (with or without a jacket)

Attire for dinner on Monday, October 3 and breakfast on Tuesday, October 4

  • Men – Collared shirt, jacket, slacks (no tie required), khakis and denim okay
  • Women – Slacks, skirt, blouse shirt (with or without a jacket), khakis and denim okay

Statewide Reminders

Valet Parking is offered free-of-charge.

Conference Check-in for all Statewide guests will be in the VIP Room, located just before the Ameristar’s front desk on the right-hand side. Please look for the El Pomar sign.

Hotel Room Check-in time is 4pm. Your room keys will be available at Ameristar's front desk at this time. If you arrive earlier, we will be pleased to store your luggage in the VIP Room until your room is ready. Please note, while El Pomar Foundation is pleased to cover the cost of your hotel room, you will be asked to place a credit card on file to cover any incidental charges that may occur. 

A Hospitality Room has been prepared for your convenience on the 10th Floor (room 1001). We will have comfortable seating, beverages, and light snacks available both Sunday and Monday (Oct 2 & 3) from 10am – 5pm.

The Central City Opera House Tour is free to anyone who would like to join, though reservations are required due to transportation needs. For those interested, please email mshaver@elpomar.org. Those participating in the tour will meet at the VIP room on Sunday at 10:45am. 

Agenda and Meeting Information

Agenda Dress Code

Ameristar Information

Ameristar Property Information