About Us

History and tradition don't always lead to innovation, but in the case of El Pomar Foundation these three words are intertwined


Penrose House Conference Center

Our Team

Together Trustees and staff carry out the mission of the Foundation to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado. 

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Our History

El Pomar is a foundation for Colorado, and our mission is dictated by the values of Spencer and Julie Penrose.

Spencer Penrose was a Philadelphia entrepreneur who moved to Colorado Springs in 1892. Over the ensuing decades he made his fortune through investments in gold and copper in Cripple Creek, Colorado and Utah. With an eye for excellence and the skill of a promoter Penrose and his wife Julie set to work establishing Colorado Springs and the entire state as a world class destination.


Historic Properties

The legacy of Spencer and Julie Penrose is sprinkled throughout the Pikes Peak region. From The Broadmoor Hotel to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak Highway, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, this region wouldn't look the same without them.  

The Penrose Heritage Museum, adjacent to The Broadmoor Hotel, is free and open to the public as is the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun perched atop Cheyenne Mountain. Whether it’s for the stunning view from the Shrine of the Sun, a close-up look at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or the dozens of horse drawn carriages, you will learn more about the region and the life and legacy of Spencer and Julie Penrose by visiting El Pomar Foundation’s legacy properties.

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Annual Report & Financial Information

El Pomar Foundation annual reports highlight the Foundation's grant making and programmatic activities.