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 $6.2 million in grant support to more than 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.
In 2018, the program recognized four nonprofits: three from across Colorado and one from the Pikes Peak Region. In addition, El Pomar recognized four individuals for their outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. The statewide recipients were celebrated at an annual retreat that takes place each fall, while the Pikes Peak recipients were celebrated at a reception held at the Penrose House.