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Philanthropy 101


Twelve girls from The Colorado Springs School huddled to have their picture taken during a recent tour of El Pomar’s Penrose House. The picture was taken in the powder room that once belonged to Julie Penrose. The girls took the tour and attended a presentation by Senior Vice President Matt Carpenter and Fellows Stephanie South and Sabrina Ragaller as a part of their weeklong curriculum regarding careers in philanthropy. They were given the chance to act as grantmakers with funds (cookies) to allocate to one of two nonprofits—Stephanie’s potbelly pig sanctuary or Sabrina’s group dedicated to reintroducing the dodo bird into existence…in Colorado Springs. The simulation, meant to be both fun and educational, introduced the girls to several potential careers in philanthropy and gave them an opportunity to put into practice what they had been learning regarding best practices of nonprofits.