When grant dollars alone are not the solution, El Pomar Foundation creates and operates programs that encourage leadership and promote community development 


In 1937 Spencer Penrose layed out our mission: to enhance, encourage, and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado.

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Grantee Story

Like a phoenix rising from internet-induced public library ashes, the Pine River Public    Library is proving itself far from obsolete –in fact, it’s thriving.

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Statewide Impact

We believe effective philanthropy is about connecting resources with local solutions. Since 2003 the Councils have invested nearly $14.8 million in their home communities.

regional partnerships

College Readiness & Success Program, Air Force Academy

Featured Programs

Awards for Excellence

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Colorado nonprofit organizations and community leaders are recognized annually for their impressive work to support the people of Colorado.

Regional Partnerships

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All 64 of Colorado's counties are represented by the members of our 11 Regional Councils. These community leaders from across the state advise El Pomar's Trustees and recommend grants based on their knoweldge of issues in their communities.

Forum Civic Advancement


Forum seeks to contribute to the civic health of the Pikes Peak Region. Throughout the year we hold lectures, panels, and seminars in which public-minded citizens can meet political and civic leaders, and engage with cutting-edge political ideas from around the country.

Empty Stocking Fund


In partnership with Colorado Springs' daily newspaper, The Gazette, El Pomar helps spearhead this holiday fundraising campaign that raises money for 20 health and human service agencies across the Pikes Peak region. Together individuals and business raise over $1 million each holiday season.

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