Council Member Spotlight: Gina Cimino and Dana Duran
Southeast Regional Council Member Gina Cimino and Northwest Regional Council Member Dana Duran discuss their involvement in youth services and revitalization efforts happening in the cities of Trinidad and Craig, respectively.
From Fellowship to Tie-Dye Life: Zoe Goodman’s Remote Work Adventure through Latin America
For the past six months, Fellowship Class of 2013 Zoe Goodman has been traveling through Central and South America while working remotely as Director of Sales and Client Experience for LifeLabs Learning.
How Julie Penrose’s Early Philanthropy Informs El Pomar’s Grant Making Today
In an ongoing series celebrating 85 Years of El Pomar, we explore the the Foundation’s early giving directed by Julie Penrose following Spencer’s death. Julie’s philanthropy in those early years helps us understand our founders’ intent today.
Cementing a Legacy: The Origins of El Pomar Foundation
Our work today would not be possible without the Spencer and Julie Penrose's visionary charter in 1937. To honor our 85th anniversary, we are looking back to better understand how the couple made El Pomar Foundation possible.
A New Place to Call Home
1st Year Fellow Abigail Hernandez shares how she developed a sense of place and community in Colorado Springs.
Philanthropy is About Supporting Those Around You
Rachel Moody, Class of 2022 intern, wrote a blog post about her experiences with philanthropic work throughout her life and how they have shaped her decisions and world view.
The Importance of Peer Leadership
1st Year Fellow, Ben Garfield, recently wrote a blog reflecting on his high school experience and the importance of peer leadership.
Grant Partner Spotlight: Huerfano County Youth Services
Huerfano County Youth Services, otherwise known as the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth, is one of four grantees of the Southeast Regional Council in the area of youth mental health resiliency. The persistence and dedication of grant partners like Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth are the lifeblood of the Regional Partnerships program, and especially the Southeast Regional Council and its focus on youth mental health and resiliency.
Understanding The Landscape of Youth Mental Health Support in the San Luis Valley
In 2021, the Colorado Children’s Hospital declared a state of emergency in youth mental health in Colorado, leading the San Luis Valley Regional Council to complete a Youth Mental Health Landscape Analysis in 2022. The Council, with the support of El Pomar staff, compiled a list of organizations, funders and government agencies working to address youth mental health.
Takeaways from the Central Peaks Regional Council’s Youth Mental Health Panel
The Central Peaks Regional Council met with youth mental health experts to discuss the most pressing issues in the region and how organizations are addressing these issues and gaps in funding and services. One recurring theme of discussion was isolation and connection.
The Power of Community Involvement
In our this blog post, 2022 Intern, Brayhan Reveles, shares the value of involving local communities in efforts to make change.
Restored Sense of Connection to Colorado
In this blog, we learn about first year Fellow, Ashley Bryant's experiencing serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an international nonprofit, Amigos de las Américas.
Statewide 2022: A Look into Community Well-being
Each year, El Pomar Foundation’s Regional Partnerships program convenes its regional council members and other philanthropic leaders at its Statewide meeting to network, learn about and discuss key issues affecting the state.
James Balog Invites us to Examine our Relationship with Nature
On November 1, Colorado College, Colorado Springs Downtown Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado and El Pomar Foundation's Pikes Peak Heritage Series brought world-renowned photographer James Balog to Colorado Springs to speak about his most recent work, The Human Element.
Wildland Fire Fund- 20 Years in the Making
In 2022, El Pomar Foundation is recognizing 20 years of its Wildland Fire Fund. The Fund assists with the immediate emergency needs of volunteer fire fighting agencies and first responders throughout the state, as well as Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) departments to help procure proper and necessary equipment.
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