Archive for July, 2011

Interns and Ice Cream

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Before the interns all start to leave near summer’s end, the staff members at El Pomar were thoughtful enough to say goodbye to us with ice cream. It was definitely a bittersweet farewell.


Singing of the Penroses

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Carrie Markel

It’s not every day you hear an opera, let alone one written about your place of employment. But yesterday, El Pomar staffers listened in as student voices from the Colorado Springs Conservatory brought to life the legacy of El Pomar founders Spencer and Julie Penrose. It was entirely student-created, student-performed and student-style as they knocked the whole thing out in one week. (more…)

Travels in Europe: Updated Tues 7/26

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

A Liveblog by Stephanie South and Libbey Davis

7/26: New entry! With Stephanie and Libbey back in the United States, El Pomar prepares for three European graduate students who will arrive in America at the end of August.


Define your Leadership Philosophy

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Stephanie South

It’s hard to believe I have been a part of the El Pomar Fellowship for a year, but as a new class of fellows arrives, the reality of it all becomes impossible to deny.

Not too long ago, as a part of our leadership development curriculum, and just in time for our transition to our second year here, my class was given the task of defining and presenting our individual leadership philosophies. And throughout the month of June, we had the chance to hear from our peers about how they lead: (more…)

How Spencer Penrose Proposed

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Carrie Markel

In the final weeks of the interns’ time at El Pomar, we were asked to deliver a presentation at July’s all-staff meeting. We, the interns, took the spirit of excellence to heart and delivered a brief history of Spencer and Julie Penrose’s travels around the world. While many know of the generous Penrose legacy in Colorado and with El Pomar Foundation, few know the stories behind their travels, which were crucial to the Penrose influence on Colorado.


Voracious Visitors

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

As we looked out our office windows at Penrose House today, we noticed we had some unexpected guests across the street. We think they came to ask about the Hambrick Fund. (Thanks to Jane Mead for the photo.)

New Fellows Arrive

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This week, the ten new members of El Pomar Foundation’s 2011 Fellowship Class arrived to begin orientation. Over the next few weeks they will learn about the foundation’s grantmaking activities, join program teams, and receive assignments within the Regional Partnerships program. These young leaders have lived and studied throughout the country and the world, and everyone at El Pomar is excited to see them use their talents to benefit the communities of Colorado. Here is a brief introduction to each of this year’s new Fellows:



A Conversation with Colorado’s Youngest County Commissioner

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Chris Ellis

Small, rural communities are vibrant, but the young people who grow up in these places find it difficult to resist the allure of bigger cities.  Metropolitan areas offer universities and cultural attractions often unseen in smaller towns.  For some, “city life” is an escape from rural repetition, offering new and exciting experiences. (more…)

Filling Up: Full Tanks for Full Stomachs

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Stephanie South

As part of El Pomar Foundation’s grantmaking process, fellows routinely conduct site visits with grantees. These community impact visits, called CIVs, offer the trustees a way to measure the impact and effectiveness of grants across the state. Below you can read about Stephanie South’s meeting with the executive director of Western Colorado 2-1-1 and what she learned about the needs of nonprofits and service gaps in Mesa County.


U.S. Women’s Open: Judy Bell Honored, Fellows Volunteer

Thursday, July 7th, 2011