El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

History

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.

learn more

Fellowship

The best postgraduate experience in Colorado, the Fellowship is dedicated to developing rising leaders who are invested in the well-being of Colorado communities.

Learn More

Regional Partnerships

More than 70 community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils representing all 64 Colorado counties.  Since 2003 the Councils have invested nearly $14.8 million in their home communities.

Learn More

Pikes Peak at Sunrise

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.

Apples. iStock_000059049736_XXXLarge.jpg apply for a grant

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.

IMGP8781.JPG meeting space

Featured Programs

Sally Beck Fund

A new fund supporting nonprofit organizations that provide direct care to equines, therapeutic riding programs, equine education programs, and equine-related disaster response programs.

Website Photo.png
Internship

El Pomar’s Internship Program provides a unique summer experience for continuing undergraduate students. Interns have the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector and develop professional interests.

interns 6.jpg
Forum

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

State_House_Debate_4.jpg
explore our programs

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.

2015_USAFA-2567.jpg

Recent News

Borderlands exhibit Valley day set

Two Regional Advisory Councils of El Pomar Foundation assisted in bringing the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Pueblo. Read more from the Valley Courier.

El Pueblo History Museum.jpg

Happy first day of summer! We are excited to get outside and soak up some sun in Colorful Colorado this season. Photo by Fellow, Matt Nuñez. #MattsLens

In partnership with American Council of Young Political Leaders, we welcomed delegates from Japan this past weekend! Fellows introduced them to our city with a tour of the Olympic Training Center and dinner downtown.

Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. has been educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives and now serves more than half of the counties in Colorado. #Celebrating80Years

"Upon first glance, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun looks like something out of medieval Europe. A tall stone tower, it watches Colorado Springs from the northeast side of Cheyenne Mountain. While many city residents know what it is, a surprising number have never visited for a closer look." 2018 summer intern Gretchen Gaebler reflects on her internship experience so far at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.

@ElPomarFdtn • June 20

In partnership with American Council of Young Political Leaders, we welcomed delegates from Japan this past weekend… https://t.co/zsDewlSCDA

@ElPomarFdtn • June 19

Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. has been educating and inspiring young people to value fr… https://t.co/NL6Pwq3YkT

@ElPomarFdtn • June 18

"Upon first glance, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun looks like something out of medieval Europe. A tall stone tow… https://t.co/gPvN2rw0Y0

@ElPomarFdtn • June 15

Thanks to Community Resource Center for hosting Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days! It was exciting talking… https://t.co/9Bz7Pq996V

Read More