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Reverend Dr. Milton E. Proby: A Lifetime of Achievement

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Nathan Mackenzie

In 1926, the historic contributions of African Americans in the United States were largely misrepresented or ignored. In response, Carter G. Woodson joined and helped lead a movement to recognize the past, present, and future achievements of African Americans. One outcome of the movement was the creation of a celebratory week in February, coinciding with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Since its inception, this weeklong recognition has expanded into what we now know as Black History Month.

Carter G. Woodson (more…)

Our Piece of America’s Garden: Olmstead, sculpting the nation

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Walk into the courtyard of El Pomar’s Penrose House on a summer day, and you see hummingbirds and sphinx moths hovering among roses and petunias, framed by trellises of silverlace. You can sit on the red tiles under the portico and listen to water bubbling from three gentle fountains. By fall, the palette has changed to amber and burgundy, with herds of deer and geese grazing in the front orchard or napping on the terraced back lawn. Come winter, the bucks spar in the snow by the columned teahouse, overlooked by a bronze statue of Spencer Penrose, and behind him the Shrine of the Sun on Cheyenne Mountain. (more…)

ACYPL: Oceans Apart, and Yet We’re the Same

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

At the height of the Roman Empire – when Istanbul was still Constantinople – a one-way trip between Rome and the Empire’s eastern capital spanned at least a month. Likely, the trip would have taken much longer.

At the end of January, 2015, a group of five Turkish business people and politicians traveled from Istanbul to Washington D.C., Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, and back to Turkey in less than a week. Coupled with television, 24-hour news cycles, email, smart phones, and social media, human beings now have an unprecedented ability to interact with other cultures. Because of this, international relations and foreign affairs are more important than ever.


Happy and Healthy Children are Worth Any Investment

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Since 1979, Tu Casa, Inc. has empowered children and adults to live healthy lives, free of domestic violence and sexual assault in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.  The San Luis Valley encompasses 6 counties:  Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache.  Tu Casa’s headquarters are in the city of Alamosa, the Valley’s largest city, though the agency serves all six counties. (more…)

Fellowship Reflection: From Cerebro-Spinal Fluid to Long-term Debt to Equity Ratios

Monday, February 9th, 2015

On my first day at El Pomar Foundation, my first “real person” job post-graduation, I was asked a terrifying question, “What are you going to do after the Fellowship?” I was rather flabbergasted – I’d only just arrived, how did they already want me gone? I’d only just found this job, couldn’t I relax for a bit? When I accepted my position in the Fellowship, a two-year leadership and management development program, I did not realize that one of my primary tasks as a Fellow would be planning my own departure. (more…)

Stronger Together: Leaders in Southwest Colorado Partner to Better Serve Children

Friday, February 6th, 2015


El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships program, which originated in 2003, enables the Foundation to spread grant dollars across the state through 11 different Regional Councils. Councils are comprised of community leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who advise the Foundation about the needs in their communities. Regional Councils are allocated $200,000 annually to grant to nonprofit organizations in their region. Each Council’s impact is different, meaningful, and locally tailored to the community it serves.

Recently, the Southwest Regional Council spurred collaboration among several key stakeholders working to improve early childhood education. Following their experiences at Rural Philanthropy Days in June, 2014, the Southwest Regional Council determined early childhood care and education needed to be addressed in their community and allocated a significant portion of their budget to devise a sustainable solution to this problem. To address this issue, the Council granted the Early Childhood Council (ECC) of La Plata County $100,000 to increase the quality and accessibility of early childhood programs in Archuleta, Delores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties in southwest Colorado. (more…)

Beautiful Breck re-opens turn of the century library

Wednesday, 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.


Fellowship Spotlight: Delicious Success

Monday, 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. (more…)

From the Grants Office

Friday, 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.



Tuesday, 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. (more…)