El Pomar Foundation Origins: A 'Gold Mine of a Gift' to Colorado Springs from Spencer and Julie Penrose
There is a long history behind the Penroses' generous gift...
Tim Jenkins, Fellowship Class of 2019, learns a valuable lesson about leadership and kindness while spending the night in Burlington, Colorado during a dangerous winter storm.
El Pomar Intern Emma Walker updates Julie and Spencer Penrose on the status of their Foundation as if she was able to travel 82 years into the past to chat with them person. After working in the Grants and Finance offices over the summer, she has ample exciting news to share with the couple.
Across from The Broadmoor Hotel lies a hidden gem...the Penrose Heritage Museum.
The El Pomar Foundation Internship program offers valuable professional experience to continuing undergraduate students interested in the nonprofit sector. However, this summer’s Interns had a somewhat unusual experience. After a work week filled with meetings, projects and professional development trainings, the Interns prepared to leave Penrose House for some well-deserved rest. However, Friday-evening drowsiness set over them, and instead of clocking out, they accidentally pressed the “travel back in time 82 years” button. Suddenly, the Interns found themselves sharing a table with Mr. and Mrs. Spencer and Julie Penrose, who were about to delight in a delicious 1930s Depression-era meal. Naturally, Spencer and Julie asked the Interns to update them on the evolved state of El Pomar Foundation some 80 years in the future. Here is what Chase said:
In this Grantee Spotlight we are highlighting the Educating Children of Color organization, which operates numerous beneficial programs and an annual Educating Children of Color Summit, all of which work towards encouraging youth to pursue higher education, supporting teachers in their educational efforts and educating parents on maneuvering and maximizing the post-secondary school experience.
Penrose Heritage Museum Curator Sarah Rodgers and Assistant Curator Samantha Knoll have only been at the museum for little over a year, but their knowledge and passion for the collection has grown immensely. Now, they want to share that knowledge and passion with guests to ensure they fully understand the interesting history and legacy of Spencer and Julie Penrose.
Kathy Rodgers, the Economic Development Director of the City of Alamosa, reassures the continued growth and development of the San Luis Valley, including new and prospering businesses, lively community events and celebrations, and affordable housing efforts.
After 6 years of working as the Director of the Fellowship at El Pomar Foundation, recently-departed Devanie Helman shared her thoughts and feelings about the Foundation.
El Pomar Foundation's Regional Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program assists current and future leaders through numerous development activities. Here are two perspectives, one by an involved Fellow and one by a participant, from Regional NELP's activities in Salida last May.
El Pomar and the Regional Partnerships Program mourn the passing of longtime Northwest Regional Council member Tilman "Tillie" Bishop.
El Pomar Foundation supports many unique community programs by providing necessary grants and seed money, such as the Veterans Climb program at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center (Mt. Carmel) and the Achieving Competitive Excellence Program at SPEED Track and Field. El Pomar Trustees Judy Bell and Lt Gen Mike Gould (USAF, Ret.) detail the efforts and impact of the Pikes Peak Regional Council's support to these organizations.
Among the many artistically and historically significant pieces Spencer and Julie Penrose collected from their world travels is the impressive Chinese "Zhong" Bell. Currently displayed at the Penrose House, the bell reflects the Penroses' deep appreciation for culture and efforts to bring interesting and worldly pieces to Colorado Springs.
Despite being one of the best places to live in terms of physical health, Colorado consistently ranks poorly among the 50 states when considering mental and behavioral health prevalence and accessibility of care and resources. Several of El Pomar Foundation’s 11 regional councils have already designated mental and behavioral health as their grant making focus area, and several other Councils are exploring a similar designation. Aligning with National Mental Health Awareness Month, El Pomar hosted one of its largest convening meetings to date on May 23rd with a focus on mental and behavioral health in Colorado, particularly in the rural regions of the state.
El Pomar Foundation reached several significant milestones in 2018, as we surpassed $500 million in approved grants since El Pomar’s inception and celebrated 15 years of the Regional Partnerships program. The Foundation’s annual report, Confluence, highlights these benchmarks and other grant making and programmatic activities from 2018.