For 1,500 years, since Ancestral Puebloans first settled the area, Southwest Colorado has been home to many peoples. In pursuit of its mission to “empower recent and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge,” Crow Canyon Archaeological Center explores and promotes the rich history of the Puebloan occupation of the Mesa Verde region.
Every year, fire departments across Colorado are called to protect the state’s land and communities from fire and other natural disasters. El Pomar has been proud to support Colorado’s volunteer fire departments through the Wildland Fire Fund since 2002.
2018 Intern Jess Cohen discusses his involvement raising awareness of sexual and domestic violence and how he further developed that passion during his summer with the Foundation.
For 27 years, Partners in Housing has provided wraparound services to those on the brink of or experiencing homelessness, with a particular focus on families. Through its one-year program, Partners in Housing helps its clients develop agency, take control of their lives, and find sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.
There were 72 years of history and 185,000 reasons to celebrate as the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation wrapped up a record-breaking year.
2nd Year Fellow, Morgan Harrison, is currently working at the American Council of Young Political Leaders in Washington D.C. Check here for an update on Morgan's experience!
The Denver Art Museum is an iconic institution in Denver, and one of the largest art museums between the west coast and Chicago. Because Julie Penrose was a great enthusiast of both the performing and visual arts, El Pomar’s Trustees established “arts and culture” as one of the Foundation’s five grant making areas and provide support to numerous Colorado arts organizations each year. The Denver Art Museum is El Pomar Foundation’s 20th-highest grant recipient to date.
The loss of a first responder in the line of duty is a tragedy that can strike any community at any time. While these events cause heartbreak and anguish, they also demonstrate the resilience and strength within a community through the immediate support of the families of our fallen heroes. This is the primary mission of The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs.
Since 1993, Children’s Literacy Center has been working with children throughout the state of Colorado to improve their reading skills with free, one-on-one tutoring opportunities. True to their mission of “building a life of success though a foundation of literacy…ONE child at a time,” Children’s Literacy Center has a vast network of volunteers who work with hundreds of kids each year.
Colorado’s two major-party candidates for governor sparred over health care, transportation funding and energy policy, among other topics, in a televised debate Saturday night in Colorado Springs.
El Pomar Youth in Community Service (EPYCS) was a program administered by El Pomar Foundation to educate and encourage youth to participate in philanthropy and engage with their communities through service. From 1991 to 2008, EPYCS students learned about grant making, developed leadership and professional skills, and gained first-hand knowledge of their communities and the nonprofit sector.
While alive, the Penroses were consistently committed to support Colorado’s students and educational institutions, through both grants and scholarships. One way El Pomar’s Trustees have continued this legacy is through support for the University of Colorado Foundation, which is El Pomar’s 5th-highest grant recipient to date. The CU Foundation manages private financial support for the University of Colorado, including all four campuses: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Anschutz Medical. In particular, given the Foundation’s deep roots in the Pikes Peak region, El Pomar has established a strong legacy of giving to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
True to its mission to strengthen Southern Colorado’s nonprofit sector with leadership and resource development, advocacy, and collaboration, the Colorado Nonprofit Association of the Pikes Peak Region (formerly the Center for Nonprofit Excellence) has served as an invaluable resource for local nonprofits for more than 20 years. In 1991, El Pomar provided a three-year start-up grant in recognition of the organization’s work to support other nonprofit organizations throughout the region.
North Council member Bob Tointon has been named the 2019 Citizen of the West, the top honor awarded by the National Western Stock Show.
Celebrating 80 Years - “Code of the West,” 1996, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy
Since 1979, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy has been promoting the sport of rodeo to thousands of visitors every year. El Pomar’s support for this outstanding organization ties back to Spencer Penrose’s passion for promoting rodeo in the Pikes Peak region.