El Pomar

A Foundation for Colorado

2018 Annual Report

Learn more about El Pomar's activities and grant making in 2018.

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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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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.

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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


Pikes Peak Heritage Series was launched in 2015 to increase knowledge of and interest in an important part of the region's economy and quality of life. 

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Since 1993, El Pomar Foundation has partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3), to host young emerging political leaders from around the world.

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El Pomar’s Internship Program provides a unique summer experience for continuing undergraduate students. Interns receive an introduction to the nonprofit sector and an opportunity to develop professional interests and skills. 

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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

Northwest Regional Council member Tilman "Tillie" Bishop passes away at the age of 86

El Pomar and the Regional Partnerships Program mourn the passing of longtime Northwest Regional Council member Tilman "Tillie" Bishop.


Here's a peak of the always exciting Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo thanks to The Gazette! Spencer Penrose, who started the rodeo more than 80 years ago, would be proud to see this Colorado Springs tradition continue.

Thank you to all the wonderful staff members at El Pomar Foundation and Wonder Woman Jennifer Dodd for taking an afternoon bath!

With eager anticipation for Monday's arrival of the Fellowship Class of 2019, we are celebrating this #throwbackthursday with some photos of the Fellowship Class of 2007 and 2008! Who can you spot?

Did you know that the Penrose Heritage Museum is open 7 days a week and is free of charge? Come check out the collection of fascinating early automobiles and carriages on display!

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