The Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations by presenting them with cash awards for their impressive work to support the people of Colorado. Since its inception in 1989, the Awards for Excellence program has provided more than $5.8 million in grant support to more than 700 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.
In 2016, the program recognized six nonprofits: four from across Colorado and two from the Pikes Peak Region. In addition, El Pomar recognized the Denver Broncos and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. The statewide and individual awards were celebrated at an annual retreat that takes place each fall, while the Pikes Peak winners were celebrated at a reception held at the Penrose House in December.