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10 Reasons for Fellows to Give Thanks

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The Fellows

10. Leftovers

32,000 individuals meet at the Penrose House each year. Many of these groups bring delicious food. We are thankful for the sandwiches, chips, and cookies they cannot finish!

9. Microsoft Office

We are thankful for Bill Gates’ mastery of the mundane. Nametags, mail merges, and label making become a breeze with his programs.

8. Community Involvement

We see the impactful work accomplished by organizations and individuals in the nonprofit community throughout the state. We witness change in cities small and large, and we are thankful for all the individuals making Colorado a better place.

7. Incredible Offices



















The Penrose Family designed a beautiful home, and we are thankful we can appreciate their artwork, artifacts and landscaping on a daily basis. The deer and bears in the area also spice up our trip to work.

6. Support Staff

We are thankful for the individuals who keep El Pomar Foundation and the Penrose House looking beautiful 365 days per year. The Housekeeping, Receptionists, Facilities and Conference Support Staff often work behind the scenes to allow El Pomar Foundation staff to uphold its mission statement.

4. Fellowship Network

20th Fellowship Reunion 2012

Since 1991, 225 individuals have experienced the meaningful and challenging work at El Pomar.  The Fellowship Alumni set an example of leadership in our community, and they support our dreams us as we look to the future.

3. Mentors

The senior staff and trustees of El Pomar Foundation teach us how to thrive. They draw from their expertise and years of experience to mentor us.  We are thankful for their investment in our development as individuals and leaders.

2. Great Company

14 young professionals learning to lead in one place creates an amazing family. We have a strong support system to work through struggles and a team to celebrate our successes. Every day is a joy to come to the office because of our fellow Fellows.

1. Spencer and Julie Penrose

They cared about Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado. They improved our community, and we are thankful for their vision and their legacy.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?



Lessons Learned at the Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar for Private Foundations hosted by El Pomar Foundation. As a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and a violinist by training, the thought of studying tax law for three days was daunting. Regardless, the information I learned will be invaluable as I embark on my new career. (more…)

Fire Mitigation: Sharing the Responsibility

Friday, September 6th, 2013


In the past two years, the Colorado Springs area experienced the two most destructive wildfires in state history.  According to the Gazette, the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fire killed 4 people, destroyed 833 homes, and cost $600 million in insurance claims.

We can’t predict when or where the next fire will occur, but in the wake of the recent devastation, being prepared is critical.


Philanthropy and YouTube

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

YouTube: the ultimate source for endless hours of cat videos, people falling down, and more recently, countless videos dedicated to individuals “doing “ the Harlem Shake. Every month, YouTube receives approximately 800 million unique visitors who watch more than 4 billion hours of homemade videos; that’s a little more than 26 million users and almost 135 million hours of video per day.

Recently, nonprofit organizations and charities have jumped on the social media bandwagon with increasing frequency, uploading videos about their mission, programs, and organizations to video sharing websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Some organizations have proven extremely successful in garnering a large audience and attention. Caine’s Arcade, a short film about a nine-year old boy who built a cardboard arcade in his father’s used auto parts shop, became an instant viral success, generating a massive movement only five days after the video was first uploaded.


When Talk Becomes Action

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Foundations can be notoriously slow-moving organizations. Under normal circumstances this doesn’t undermine the mission. When disaster strikes, however, slow and steady doesn’t necessarily work. We recently worked with the Council on Foundations to take a closer look at El Pomar’s response to the Colorado wildfire outbreak with an eye toward providing some insight that could be helpful to other grantmakers. The post below, written by El Pomar Director of Communications Josie Burke, originally appeared on the Council’s blog. (more…)

Rural Philanthropy: Small Towns, Big Impact

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Ben Jourdan

I am writing this blog in the passenger seat of a compact car with an air conditioning system that must have died a long time ago. El Pomar Senior Vice President Matt Carpenter and Grants Administrator Mary Rose Corser are sweating alongside me as we drive along I-76 westbound in Morgan County. We are heading back to Colorado Springs from a three-day trip to Fort Morgan and Brush, where we attended the Northeast Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD).


El Pomar’s Scholars Create Impact in Their Communities

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Ben Jourdan

El Pomar’s Student Leadership Experience held its last retreat of the academic year recently. Over the last nine months the 44 scholars, representing the 11 universities associated with the Colorado Leadership Alliance, attended retreats in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. The yearlong theme also served as a challenge: Commit to Community: Know more. Do more. Be More.

The objective of holding these retreats in different locations was to allow the scholars to view how communities throughout Colorado contrast and, more specifically, how their needs vary. Scholars were able to explore these three communities by meeting elected officials, academic trailblazers, and community leaders, as well as taking part in volunteer projects that were distinctive to each city.


R. Thayer Tutt’s Investing Tips

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Ben Jourdan

If you were given $100,000 to invest in the stock market how do you think you would fare? Would you be confused or hesitant with what to do with the money? Would you know which companies you would want to invest in? Do you think you would ace the art of investing and make big bucks…Or would you crash and burn? (more…)

How the Nonprofit Sector is Rebranding Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Valentine’s Day is not for everyone…or, it wasn’t until the nonprofit sector got a hold of it.

This year, the nonprofit sector is making a significant effort to rebrand Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day, and Generosity Day is not just about romance. G-Day is about love… for humanity. It is about making today, the big V-Day, a day about showing the love to everyone you know and saying thank you to those who make your life better.


Internship FAQ Video

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Are you a college undergraduate seeking a meaningful internship opportunity? El Pomar Foundation’s Summer Internship may be just what you are looking for. The Internship is a unique summer program that provides continuing undergraduate students an introduction to the nonprofit sector and an opportunity to develop professional interests and skills. Throughout the summer, interns administer a variety of assigned tasks and projects. They provide administrative support for the Foundation’s offices and are mentored by leaders in philanthropy. Interns have an opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector and Colorado in a professional work environment.

Want to learn more? Watch the video below for more information on the professional development provided by the Internship.