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


El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) trains nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to effectively manage and lead extraordinary nonprofit organizations. 

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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

Philanthropy Roundtable: How to Be a Loyal Local Giver

To get a sense of what it takes to be a loyal, local funder, The Philanthropy Roundtable spoke with friends and members, including Cathy Robbins of El Pomar Foundation.


Great view of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Run to the Shrine on Saturday! Congratulations to all the participants who took on the steep four mile course to Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back.

In honor of #ArmedForcesDay on May 18, we recognize the dedication and commitment of all men and women serving in our country's armed forces.

Earlier this week at Penrose House, Colorado Association of Funders hosted the National Cybersecurity Center to discuss IT and cybersecurity best practices for foundations in Colorado. Thanks to Adolph Coors Foundation Daniels Fund Boettcher Foundation The Colorado Health Foundation A.V. Hunter Trust, and all attendees for your participation and engagement!

In recognition of National Law Enforcement Week, members of Hundred Club of Colorado Springs delivered bagels to law enforcement officers throughout the city.

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