Archive for September, 2011

The Good Ol’ Black and Gold

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Ben Jourdan

I cannot believe that only a few months ago I was walking across the stage of the Colorado Springs World Arena to receive my bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). It was a bittersweet moment, to say the least. While I was proud of my accomplishment, I was also sad to say goodbye to the university that truly pushed me to reach my full potential.

So, as I left UCCS and suited up for my new job at El Pomar, I thought my extensive involvement at the university would become more limited as I turned my focus to new responsibilities as a first-year fellow.  Little did I know I would join the team for a program that would lead me right back to the place I thought I’d left behind.

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Journalist Experiences Hunger and Government Assistance Program Firsthand

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Two months ago, Stephanie South, in a piece written about the underlying causes of hunger, spent time looking at how the issue is being addressed by nonprofit agencies and government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as food stamps.  Only a little over two weeks ago, one journalist at the Colorado Springs Independent took on the Food Assistance Challenge and lived on the amount of money a SNAP participant is normally allowed per week—$35.40.

Check out this link to get insight into her week, as well as her take on hunger and this government assistance program.

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Awards for Excellence Recipient Congratulates Staff and Volunteers

Monday, September 26th, 2011

El Pomar distributed more than $200,000 in grants through Awards for Excellence last week. One winner, Denver School for Science and Technology, discussed the award on its own blog, thanking volunteers and staff for their hard work. CEO Bill Kurtz also used the post to ask for staff input on innovative ways the $25,000 unrestricted funds that went with DSST’s award could be used to make the standout school an even better place to work.

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A Peaceful Presence at Penrose House

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

As Staff and Fellows returned from El Pomar’s Statewide conference and retreat, we were greeted by a couple of deer fast asleep on the Penrose House side lawn. (more…)

Trustees Approve Grants

Friday, September 16th, 2011

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider grant proposals. They approved 31 grants totaling more than $400,000. The organizations receiving grants represent 21 cities across the state of Colorado.

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Business Schools Not Only Teach Students How to Earn but How to Give

Friday, September 16th, 2011

As it turns out, Millennials are doing more than seeking desks at nonprofit organizations; some of them are actually headed to business school classrooms to learn how to give money to these organizations.

To read more about how MBA and undergraduate programs across the country are teaching the “art and science of giving” as an academic subject, check out a recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Millennials Make the Move to the Nonprofit Sector

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Stephanie South

Let’s talk about Jane.

She is what they call a Millennial—a.k.a.. a member of Gen Y, a Dot Net, a Net-Genner, part of Generation WE, and a Trophy Kid. She is one of 95 million others who were born between 1978 and 2000 and make up the biggest age cohort in the history of the nation. She is a digital native who thinks in a global context and actually looks up to older generations because she does not, like so many of those who came before her, define herself by opposing them. She has been significantly shaped by events like the Columbine High School shootings and 9/11. She is a kid who grew up with a schedule, was enrolled in every summer camp and after-school activity possible, and built a stellar college application with all of it so she could go to a good school and get a good job. (more…)

My First Two Weeks as a Trans-Atlantic Junior Fellow

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Edvard Glücksman
Pembroke College, University of Oxford

We asked Edvard Glücksman, a Swedish participant in the Trans-Atlantic Junior Fellowship, to tell us about his first impressions of America. Here’s what he said.

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“Up with People” Visits Fort Carson

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

On August 26 fellows Chris Myers, Noel Gugliotta, Libbey Davis, and Obura Tongoi joined El Pomar Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Terrance McWilliams and Garrison Command Sergeant Major Kilpatrick at an Up with People performance at Fort Carson.

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Grant Spotlight: The Space Foundation

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

El Pomar’s communications team is putting the finishing touches on its annual community report, which will feature organizations that received funding over the last  18 months. The report will be available online at the end of September, but if you are looking for a preview click below.

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