#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 the 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.
Established in 1976, Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP) has grown to become a premier organization for training strong leaders in the Colorado Springs community. Upon graduation from specialized programs and courses, LPP alumni serve on a variety of boards and commissions in the area. From its first grant in 1980, El Pomar has supported LPP through the competitive grant process, support from donor-endowed funds, and through scholarships via the Emerging Leaders Development program.
Grantee Spotlight: Leadership Pikes Peak
Originally called Citizen’s Goals for the Colorado Springs Community, Leadership Pikes Peak was founded in 1976 as a leadership development program specific to the Colorado Springs region. Today, the organization has approximately 2,400 graduates who continue to support the community through civic leadership and engagement.
Leadership Pikes Peak focuses on three crucial pillars: self, community, and city. With these facets in mind, the organization’s programs support four specific demographics: experienced professionals, young leaders, adolescents, and women. Through self reflection, team collaboration, and community involvement, participants make connections throughout the Pikes Peak region. Programs range from four to ten months and are tailored to each unique demographic.
Upon graduation from the program, alumni become Community Trustees by serving on various boards and volunteering for organizations across the Pikes Peak region. Impressed by Leadership Pikes Peak’s commitment to improving civic leadership, El Pomar has given several grants to the nonprofit since 1980. Grants range from scholarships for high school students participating in the Leading Edge program to general support for proposed community improvement projects. El Pomar’s Emerging Leaders Development program works closely with LPP by offering scholarships to diverse leaders for participation in seminars dedicated to promoting civic engagement.
El Pomar in 1980:
In 1980, El Pomar Foundation made 31 grants totaling $2.9 million. Funds were sent to diverse regions across the state with grants to the Four Corners Workshop in Cortez, Backstage Theatre, Inc. in Breckenridge, and South Park Historical Foundation in Fairplay.
Spotlight by Kathryn Benson
Images courtesy of Leadership Pikes Peak