Archive for October, 2011

Grouping to Give and Circling to Serve: A “Substantial and Growing Philanthropic Movement”

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Stephanie South

When the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers decided to conduct a study on giving circles in the early 2000s, it expected to examine a “small phenomenon.” What they found was something else entirely. Reports, initially completed in 2005 and again in 2007, documented a “substantial and growing philanthropic movement” cropping up around dining room tables and in living rooms across the country.

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Wall Street Journal Advocates for More Fellowship-Like Experiences for Recent College Grads

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a section of articles on leadership, one of which focused on why companies are having trouble finding the employees they need. One reason: Lack of training.

Recent college graduates often have a particularly hard time and find themselves in a bit of a catch-22 as employers are looking for experience, but these young professionals cannot get that experience unless someone hires them. The WSJ makes the argument that one thing employers really need to do is revive aspects of the apprenticeship; this allows them to gain skilled employees without having to pay for both training and a salary.

El Pomar Foundation has been doing something in this spirit with the Fellowship program.

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Talking About Ten Percent: How Americans and Europeans Give Differently

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Stephanie South

During my time in our nation’s capital with the Trans-Atlantic Junior Fellows, we had a conversation with Andrew Schulz.

Schulz, vice president of legal and government relations at the Council on Foundations, has a young son. Each month when his son receives his allowance, he has been taught by Schulz to divide this money into three different pots—one for savings, one for spending, and one for giving away to others. Despite his youth, Schulz’s son has already begun his philanthropic endeavors and participation in America’s “culture of giving.”

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SLE Scholars Commit to Community

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This past weekend, scholars from the Student Leadership Experience (SLE) program arrived in Colorado Springs for a two-day leadership development retreat. This year’s theme is “Commit to Community: Know more. Do more. Be more.”

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Fellowship Alum Brings Former President and Current Mayor of Denver to the Table

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The El Pomar Foundation Fellowship is focused on cultivating the next generation of leaders in the state of Colorado, and the proof that this effort is working can be found in the headlines.

Numerous Fellowship alumni have found their names in ink, and Amy Slothower is no different.

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Bon Jovi’s SAME Café

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi may be taking a cue from Brad and Libby Birky’s SAME Café. He and his wife Dorothea have recently established The Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant in central New Jersey.

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A For-Profit with a Nonprofit Soul

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Recently, The New York Times highlighted an emerging form of philanthropy that strives to bridge the divide between the nonprofit and business worlds. Low-profit limited liability companies, also known as L3Cs, are part social benefit and part low-profit entities. Though currently not supported in Colorado, L3Cs are now allowed in more than a dozen states and two Indian tribes.

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“Why are you a political puppet?”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Ben Jourdan

Arch Lustberg is a man who loves the spoken word. However, Arch believes the communication skills needed to be a great orator are declining drastically among today’s political leaders, businessmen and women, and society as a whole.

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Fall Happenings at Penrose House

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


Jeff Hopfenbeck

Even as the calendar turned and the leaves started falling, the heat of summer never left the Penrose House events calendar. Autumn has shaped up to be busy season at Penrose House with more special events and conferences lined up for October than any other month.

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El Pomar Chairman and CEO Honored for His Work with the USOC

Monday, October 17th, 2011

On September 30, the Institute for International Education honored El Pomar Foundation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William J. Hybl at the organization’s 10th Annual Diplomats Ball. Hybl was honored with the IIE’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement in Citizen Diplomacy Award for his work as with the United States Olympic Committee. Hybl served as president of the USOC during four Olympic Games and currently serves as president emeritus.

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