Programs

When grant dollars alone are not the solution, El Pomar Foundation creates and operates programs that encourage leadership and promote community development. 

Awards for Excellence

Complete Program Listing

American Council of Young Political Leaders

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The American Council of Young Political Leaders program strives to create a public diplomacy tool leaders can use to gain global perspective and access to international leaders. Each year, El Pomar hosts several delegations of international leaders, introducing them to various community and state leaders. We believe these cultural exchanges serve as an important tool of public diplomacy, encouraging trust, understanding, and goodwill on a personal basis.

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Awards for Excellence

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The Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations by presenting them with cash awards for their impressive work to support the people of Colorado. In addition, El Pomar recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. Since its inception in 1989, the Awards for Excellence program has provided more than $6.3 million in grant support to more than 500 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.

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El Pomar Fellowship

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Through hands-on experience and a rigorous professional development curriculum, the next generation of Colorado leaders gets a 360-degree view of the nonprofit sector. This two-year paid fellowship for recent college graduates prepares individuals for lifelong roles as community leaders.

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El Pomar Internship

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El Pomar's summer internship program provides an opportunity for college students with an interest in the nonprofit sector and leadership to gain valuable work experience. During their 10-12 week experience, interns support the work of all departments within the Foundation.

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Emerging Leaders Development 

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Emerging Leaders equips ethnic minorities already engaged in their own communities with the training to broaden their impact on the community at-large. ELD then takes the next step and connects local organizations with these specially-trained leaders who are eager to have an impact.

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Empty Stocking Fund

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In partnership with The Gazette, Colorado Springs’s daily newspaper, El Pomar helps facilitate this annual fundraising campaign that has raised over a million dollars for the past nine years. Since 1984, the Empty Stocking Fund has raised more than $20 million that has been distributed to 20 health and human services partner agencies.

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Forum for Civic Advancement

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Founded in 2002, Forum for Civic Advancement seeks and supports individuals interested in contributing to the civic health of the Pikes Peak region. Throughout the year, Forum brings in outstanding speakers from across the country to provide insights on public policy issues affecting Colorado.

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Military Affairs

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With numerous military bases in Colorado Springs and Denver, El Pomar Foundation makes it a priority to find innovative ways to support service members and their families throughout Colorado. 

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Nonprofit Executive Leadership

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El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) trains nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to effectively manage and lead extraordinary nonprofit organizations. It is a customized leadership development program offered to Colorado nonprofits through two unique programs: NELP at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Regional NELP.  

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Penrose House Conference Center

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The former home of El Pomar founders Spencer and Julie Penrose now serves as a nonprofit conference and education center owned and operated by El Pomar Foundation. The stunning scenery and first-rate facilities combine to make a meeting at Penrose House a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Regional Partnerships

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Through this innovative outreach program more than 70 local community leaders make up 11 Regional Councils that represent Colorado's 64 counties.  These leaders offer insight and perspective on the important issues in their own areas of the state. Regional Councils recommend $200,000 in regional grants each year and serve as a sounding board for El Pomar activities taking place across the state.

Meet Council members and learn more about Regional Partnerships

Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar for Private Foundations

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This seminar is designed to update and inform managers and trustees of private foundations about the ever-changing tax laws that affect private foundations and to encourage dialogue with the panel of speakers about practical problems foundation managers face in the day-to-day management of their foundations.

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Pikes Peak Heritage Series

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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. Discussion topics focus on key challenges to how the region can best promote and protect recreation and tourism in a diverse economy with high quality of life.  

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