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

Southwest Springs Connections: Penrose Heritage Museum a gem in our backyard

Across from The Broadmoor Hotel lies a hidden gem...the Penrose Heritage Museum.


During the summer, we encourage our staff to get out and "Experience Colorado" for a day to enjoy all Colorado has to offer. Here is a snapshot of some of their travels from Crested Butte to Estes Park!

Last night, Laura Mae (Coyhis) Hom was recognized and inducted into the Milton E. Proby Cultural Heritage Room at Penrose House. Known for her tireless service to Native communities, she is remembered as a true servant leader for the people of Colorado. Learn more about the Milton E. Proby Cultural Heritage Room www.elpomar.org/eld

We are proud to support organizations like Discover Goodwill Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado at their Chic Boutique! As a part of their Enchanted Weekend, Goodwill sells beautiful clothes and home décor donated by local boutiques to benefit women and families supported by Discover Goodwill’s job training and placement programs—we certainly found some snazzy threads and a new office mascot!

In addition to their daily responsibilities and various projects, our summer interns also reflected on their experiences and the work of El Pomar. Check out the first of these reflections on our blog!

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