Colorado Springs is home to five military installations and more than 85,000 active duty service members and their families, and Peak Military Care Network is one of the great organizations serving this population in our community. El Pomar is proud to partner with organizations like Peak Military Care Network and Mount Carmel Center of Excellence that provide essential support to those who have served or are currently serving the nation.
El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships program began in 2003 and by 2006 Councils were established in nine rural regions across the state, including the San Juan region. Since the inception of Regional Partnerships in 2003, El Pomar has invested nearly $5 million in this region. Here, Council member Linda Gann describes the impact of a $20,000 grant on Northside Health Center, which continues to provide accessible, high quality, integrated primary health care to children and qualifying adults in the Montrose and Olathe communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.