El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado


Enhance, encourage, and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado.  Established in 1937, El Pomar's mission is based on the values of Julie and Spencer Penrose.

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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

This program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs e who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets of more than $750,000.  Apply now to participate in this valuable session!  


Statewide Impact

The Regional Partnerships are comprised of community leaders who form Regional Councils across the state to advise El Pomar's trustees and recommend grants.

Regional Partnerships

Grantee Story

The Challenge Foundation helps hard-working students break the cycle of poverty through education

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Grant Making

A private general purpose foundation El Pomar accepts applications from 501(c)3 organizations serving the state of Colorado in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services.

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Penrose House

Available free of charge to 501(c)3 nonprofits and governmental equivalents. Built on the site of the Dixon Apple Orchard, the Penroses' historic home is open for strategic meetings, seminars, and trainings.

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Featured Programs


The Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets $750,000+ 


The Forum contributes to the civic health of the Pikes Peak Region through panels, seminars and lectures about key local and state issues.

Awards for Excellence

Recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations and community leaders for their extraordinary support of Colorado.

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El Pomar's programs are all different, but each was created with the same goal in mind: to support leadership and community development beyond grantmaking.


Recent News

We're happy to be welcoming back Antonio Huerta, a former 2016 summer intern and Colorado State University-Pueblo alum, to the 2017 Fellowship Class!

"If you take yourself too seriously, it can be very difficult to learn in those environments. This is the perfect opportunity for you to grow without risk of failure. There's so much potential if you're willing to go out and get it." #tbt to the groundbreaking of the U.S. Olympic Museum. Julia Lawton was an integral part of the U.S. Olympic Museum team during her time with the Fellowship, and we wish her the best as she continues to support the City For Champions vision as the museum's executive administrative coordinator!

Originally from Fort Collins, we’re excited to welcome Kincaid Hoffman back from Walla Walla, Washington and into the Fellowship Class of 2017!

A San Diego native turned Colorado transplant by way of Colorado College, we'd like to welcome Morgan Harrison to the El Pomar family!

@ElPomarFdtn • July 21

A big welcome back to Antonio Huerta, who interned with us last summer, to the Fellowship Class of 2017! https://t.co/k7i894B4RI

@ElPomarFdtn • July 20

We're excited to have Kincaid Hoffman from @whitmancollege join El Pomar Foundation's family in the 2017 Fellowship… https://t.co/9R7U2aSed7

@ElPomarFdtn • July 19

From @ColoradoCollege, we'd like to welcome Morgan Harrison to the Fellowship Class of 2017! https://t.co/x7USl4Y07q

@ElPomarFdtn • July 17

We'd like to welcome Corey Baron, a @ColoradoCollege alum, to El Pomar Foundation's 2017 Fellowship Class! https://t.co/pVVMWRlRb7

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