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Celebrating 80 Years - Emergency Recovery and Relief, 1950, American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter

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#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.

El Pomar Foundation has a long-standing commitment to support and relief in emergencies. From the purchase of emergency vehicles and computers to funding homeless shelters and supporting celebratory dinners for our hometown heroes, the Foundation has granted to the American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter consistently since 1941.


Spencer Penrose

Grantee Spotlight: American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter

In the spring of 1914, as war efforts overseas mounted, local visionaries saw the need for the services of the American Red Cross in the central mountains of the United States. Volunteers organized to make the “Mountain Division of the Red Cross” which covered Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah, and on November 11, 1914 the first Red Cross chapter was granted in the Pikes Peak region. Since then, local Red Cross chapters have increased their focus on services for veterans while continuing to provide the life-saving training and disaster relief for which they are most well-known.

Spencer Penrose was an early volunteer for the Red Cross. Named Chairman of the Colorado Springs Red Cross campaigns for WWI, he led a successful campaign that raised more than $200,000 for war relief efforts. The Foundation continues to embody this legacy by supporting the Red Cross and other organizations in their responses to emergencies in the state, nation, and world. Recent Foundation support for emergency relief includes funding for Colorado-based organizations who aided efforts in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017.



El Pomar in 1950:

In its thirteenth year, the Foundation provided $412,312 in 57 grants. The organizations funded reflect the Penrose legacy of support for arts and culture, health, and emergency services.


Spotlight by Corey Baron