Lucas Huffman, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado-Pikes Peak
Jeff Bieri and Jake Brownell, KRCC
Every March, nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes descend on Monte Vista, Colorado, to spend six weeks resting before continuing their northward migration, a spectacle which draws tourists from across the globe and causes the population of Monte Vista to nearly double in size. So how did I find myself driving along a dirt road scouring the landscape for a single bird?
El Pomar Foundation wouldn’t just pick anyone to be curator of the Penrose Heritage Museum. The ideal curator would have a vast and personal knowledge of both the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Spencer and the Penrose’s extensive collection. Having only missed a handful of races in the past 45 years, Jason Campbell, curator of the Penrose Heritage Museum, isn’t just anyone.
For a long time, I held the idea of a spectrum where corporate = bad and nonprofit = good. However earlier this year when I stumbled upon El Pomar Foundation, I was surprised to find an organization that seemed to do exactly what I had been looking for – the use of practical business principles of investment and wealth accumulation to make a tremendously positive social impact.
I don’t know anything about communications. In fact, I don’t even particularly love to write – as a freshman at Harvard University, I discovered I would much rather take an exam than spend hours creating, editing, and revising an essay. Yet somehow I found myself becoming the Communications Intern for El Pomar Foundation, a job which involves writing every single day.
After a visit to El Pomar Foundation, I realized an important truth. The modern city of Colorado Springs that I have come to know and love, the neighborhood I live in, and the high school that I attended—Fountain Valley School of Colorado—would likely not exist if it had not been for the entrepreneurial mind and philanthropic spirit of a single couple, Spencer and Julie Penrose.