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El Pomar Honors Colorado Nonprofits with Awards for Excellence


BLACK HAWK, Colo. –Seven outstanding nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado were honored this evening during El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence presentation ceremony in Black Hawk.  Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), an Arvada-based conservation group with statewide reach, was honored as the state’s outstanding nonprofit with the Julie and Spencer Penrose Award. The Penrose Award includes a $50,000 cash prize.

CCALT works with the ranching and agricultural communities of Colorado to conserve land throughout the state.

“CCALT is thrilled to be recognized by El Pomar Foundation,” said CCALT Executive Director Chris West. “We are honored to receive this award and know that as a result we will be able to partner with even more landowners in the protection of working ranches across Colorado.  These families and their ranches are what make Colorado a special place to live and our mission is to ensure that they remain intact for future generations to come.”

In addition, the 2012 Awards for Excellence winners also include the following organizations. Each received a $25,000 prize:

  • Cool Science (Colorado Springs) - The Charles L. Tutt Award for Excellence in Education

During the ceremony three individuals were honored for their service to Colorado. Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, received the Ben S. Wendelken Special Trustees Award for her contribution and commitment to the nonprofit sector. Joe Blake, Chancellor Emeritus-CSU System, was honored with the Russell Thayer Tutt Award for exceptional leadership in the nonprofit sector. Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming, accepted an award for Lifetime Achievement in Sport.

In total, El Pomar Foundation granted $215,000 to the Awards for Excellence recipients, which were selected by a statewide panel of community leaders.

“Awards for Excellence is El Pomar’s signature program as it combines our goals to enhance grantmaking, recognize and encourage nonprofit leadership and reach out to the entire state of Colorado,” said El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl. “The honorees this year are all dynamic, creative organizations and leaders that set the pace for nonprofit performance throughout the state.”

Awards for Excellence annually recognizes the state’s highest performing nonprofit organizations.  Since its inception in 1989, the program has awarded more than $5 million in grants to more than 400 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.