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Beautiful Breck re-opens turn of the century library

January 28th, 2015

Over the last 105 years, the 1909 schoolhouse that stands just outside of downtown Breckenridge has seen many changes. In 2013, El Pomar Foundation awarded the Town of Breckenridge $40,000 through two different grants, including a High Country Regional Council grant, to support the $8.8 million project to restore and re-purpose the old schoolhouse into a new library and community center. Renamed the Breckenridge Grand Vacation Center, the building opened earlier in January.

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Fellowship Spotlight: Delicious Success

January 26th, 2015

Touted as “a knockout new restaurant” by The Denver Post, Work & Class was named one of the Top 25 Restaurants in Denver by 5280 magazine, one of the Best 21 New Restaurants in America by Thrillist, and one of the 14 Best New Restaurants in America by Zagat. Work & Class opened in January, 2014 and is founded and owned by Fellowship alumna Delores Tronco. Delores was a member of the 2006 Fellowship class. Immediately following the Fellowship Delores worked at 9News in the 9Health Fair branch handling special events and PR. Later she worked at SE2, a small strategic communications consulting firm. While at SE2, she decided to take a leap into the restaurant business with the hope of eventually owning her own place. Delores presumed it would take about a decade to open her own restaurant- four years later she owns a well-respected restaurant in the burgeoning River North neighborhood of Denver. Read the rest of this entry »

From the Grants Office

January 23rd, 2015

As we begin the 77th year of service at El Pomar Foundation, the Trustees often look back at what has transpired over the past year to guide them into the future. 2014 was a busy year with more than 870 requests from across the state representing all of El Pomar’s 11 regions in Colorado. We received requests from organizations in 58 of Colorado’s 64 counties and learned much about the programs and support nonprofits provide to those communities. Over the course of 2014, the Trustees approved 643 grants to directly impact the people of Colorado in 54 counties across the state. Over the past eleven years, the Trustees have increased their focus on supporting organizations in rural Colorado and last year, 47% of grants approved supported rural communities.

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January 20th, 2015

Nathan Mackenzie

In 1979, residents of Montrose County stepped in to fill a growing need in their community:  providing transportation for their elderly and disabled friends and neighbors. The service now known as All Points Transit (APT) began humbly with just a single vehicle. Today the organization operates a 29 vehicle fleet in a service area that spans over 4,400 square miles. Covering expansive rural swaths of Montrose, Delta, and San Miguel Counties, APT’s driver-assisted, door-to-door, wheelchair-accessible transportation provides an essential service for the Western Slope. Read the rest of this entry »

Albert Einstein, I love you but you’re wrong

January 15th, 2015

Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I love quotes, and I certainly appreciate Albert Einstein. However, in this case, I have to disagree with Mr. Einstein. There are no blanket statements I can throw out to debunk his definition, but I know from personal experience the value of trying something several times until I get the results I want. For instance, I am the director of El Pomar’s Summer Internship Program, but believe it or not, my first experience with the Internship did not go quite as I had planned. I first heard about El Pomar’s Internship three years ago when I applied to the program as a sophomore in college. I had worked with various nonprofits and loved the idea of serving my home state. El Pomar’s Internship program seemed like an amazing, natural next step. Although I believed I would fit fabulously into the program, I did not get the job.

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Fellows as Kids

January 13th, 2015

El Pomar’s Fellowship is built around the idea that outstanding organizations and communities don’t just happen–they evolve when great potential meets great leadership. The focus of the Fellowship is on cultivating the next generation of leaders in the state of Colorado. We are looking for recent college graduates from all educational backgrounds (business, liberal arts, hard sciences) and a wide array of professional circumstances and experiences. Fellows bring a variety of viewpoints and skills to their work at El Pomar.

The Fellowship is a hands-on experience that combines on-the-job training with a solid background in leadership theory. Fellows learn everything from marketing and development to management and leadership–and they go on to become nonprofit CEOs, public officials, graduate students, and business executives.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Fellowship is January 20th.

To learn more and apply, click here.

The Fellowship is about developing tomorrow’s leaders. But to lead, you have to look back – way back. Read on for photos of our current Fellows then and now, and click the links below each Fellow to learn more about them and their roles at El Pomar. Read the rest of this entry »

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Expands to Meet Community Needs

January 7th, 2015

When the school bell rings at the end of every day, thousands of kids across metro Denver pour out of classrooms into their after school routines. For some, this means heading home where they are met by a parent who helps them with homework before driving them to basketball practice and piano lessons.  For others, after school options are far less certain, stable and safe. Thankfully, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) provide a safe haven for those children. The hours between 3:00-6:00 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and the time when kids are most likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other risky behaviors. Kids from low-income families are six times more likely to drop out of school, and 41 percent of kids across Denver are overweight or obese – a number that continues to steadily increase each year. Boys & Girls Clubs engage young people in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their lives, and foster the skills they need to become community leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

El Pomar Foundation and Toulouse-Lautrec

January 6th, 2015

Colin McCarey

In 1891, on the muggy avenues of a changing Paris, a young artist’s new lithograph posters appeared for the first time. A painter by trade, his colorful and curvilinear prints were elegant in their simplicity, but most of all, provocative. His Paris was transforming; his landscape having been altered two years earlier by a spire and a windmill; the spire was the steel latticework of the tallest building on earth, the Eiffel Tower; the windmill was the infamous nightclub, the Moulin Rouge.The hall of extravagant and lascivious entertainment became the focal point of the young painter. The Moulin Rouge was the subject of this first poster, and of many thereafter, plastered by the thousand on the walls and doorways of the dirty, romantic city.

The artist was Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, known now as Toulouse-Lautrec. He was a short man standing at the intersection of huge social currents. Born to aristocrats and friend to artistic giants such as Emile Bernard and Vincent Van Gogh, he lived a life inspired by the broad strokes of impressionism, the embracing, harmonious curves of art nouveau, and the unconventional, vagabond bohemian lifestyle. His work was also inspired by strong Japanese artistic influence. In 1891, Lautrec began crafting the bright posters that he is best known for, characterized by flat planes of color and simple curving figures crafted in bold lines and silhouettes. Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

December 30th, 2014



Pueblo Cooperative Care Center  seeks to prevent hunger in the Pueblo community by providing emergency food and services as well as medical prescription assistance, emergency transportation, and donations of clothing and personal hygiene products for more than 30,000 individuals. Their food sack program serves as the largest community food assistance program in southern Colorado. Through partnerships with organizations such as Care and Share of Southern Colorado and Posada, Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has been able to make a lasting impact in the community. Founded as a partnership of five downtown churches more than 30 years ago, this organization is now supported by 68 churches, businesses, corporations and private individuals.

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Limon Movie Theater Perseveres as Community Hub

December 29th, 2014

By Devanie Helman

Movie theaters have been a gathering place for Americans for over a century , and the conversion of Hollywood to digital prints over the last several years has threatened to close 10,000 theaters nationwide.  A digital projector can cost as much as $100,000, a cost few rural theaters can absorb. The loss of a theater is a detriment to the cohesion of the community; theaters serve as an anchor in many small downtowns, drawing people out for an evening to stop in shops, restaurants and other local businesses.