Archive for February, 2011

Parents and Cross-County Collaboration

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Libbey Davis

While mountain towns in Pitkin, Lake, Summit, and Eagle Counties are buried under a thick blanket of snow this winter, the High Country Regional Council is moving full steam ahead to address the need for new and improved parenting programs.

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Breakfast with a Side of Laughs

Friday, February 25th, 2011

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Meet the Mayor

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Brian Brown

Colorado Springs is at a crossroads. Soon to select its first mayor under a new system of city governance, its citizens have tough choices ahead about what kind of leadership they want to take them into the future. During last week’s debate between the candidates, I was struck by the valuable role nonprofits can play in a time like this.

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Inter-Sector Partnerships—Campus-Style

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Stephanie South

On a Friday afternoon in early February, while many college students were getting ready to head to the mountains for some quality time on the slopes, a select group of them from 11 different colleges and universities across Colorado were pursuing nonprofit leadership. And a team of El Pomar Foundation Fellows, led by first-year Fellow Libbey Davis, spent their weekend exposing them to skills and resources that will make the students better leaders and public servants upon graduation.

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YouthZone: A Story of Second Chances

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Stephanie South

In 2010, El Pomar started the Regional Strategic Support project, a team of El Pomar Fellows dedicated to helping El Pomar’s Regional Councils maximize the strategic effectiveness of their grant dollars by tracking, analyzing, and spreading cross-regional knowledge, best practices, and ideas. Periodically, the blog will feature stories that focus on RSST research projects–this one thanks to the research of El Pomar Fellow Mariah Golden.

If you head west on I-70, somewhere between Rifle and Grand Junction, you pass a small rural Colorado town called Parachute. With a population of just over 1,000 people and a median household income of about $31,000, a teenager in this small town might just try to create his or her own own fun.

Imagine a fifteen-year old boy from Parachute, we’ll call him Ethan, doing just that.

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A Letter from the Trustees

Friday, February 11th, 2011

With the New Year already in full swing, the trustees of El Pomar would like to take the opportunity to share with you how El Pomar Foundation continues to fulfill its mission to enhance the lives of Coloradans. In 2010, the Trustees reviewed 955 grants, more than any other year in the Foundation’s 73-year history. Of those requests that were approved, 45 percent went to organizations serving health and human service needs across the state.

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Catching Up with El Pomar Interns

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

El Pomar is accepting applications for its summer 2011 internship class until February 25. Click here for more information. Mariah Golden, a former intern and the 2011 internship director, asked several recent interns to share reflections on their experience.

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