Archive for November, 2011

Civic Innovation, One iPhone App at a Time

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Jeff Hopfenbeck


Technology is reshaping our world. From smartphones to Facebook, cloud-computing to Kickstarter, the way we do business and interact with one another is constantly changing. But what is the potential for technology to transform the way we experience and understand government? Recently, I had the opportunity to meet someone who is working to harness the power of technology for civic and social good.

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Handy Chapel Gets a Hand Up

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Stephanie South

On a street called White Avenue, in the rural Colorado town I grew up in, you will find a little white church called the Handy Chapel. Despite its small size, Handy Chapel has played a big part in the local community.

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Ethics, Leadership, and Enron

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Jeff Hopfenbeck

As the scandal at Penn State continues to unfold, the importance of ethics and values in leadership is again making headlines. Part of the story is due to allegations that people knew about a problem and didn’t do enough to stop it. At the Forum for Civic Advancement’s event last week, we heard from someone who encountered a similar problem—and acted.

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For the Love of the Theatre

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During a community impact visit to Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (RMRT) in Grand Lake, Colorado, last week, Emily Orbanek, first-year and northwest regional fellow, took a knee on the stage in true Tebowing style.

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And the Real Winner is…Urban Peak

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Stephanie South

During the last five years, El Pomar Foundation has established a fall tradition—a staff versus Fellows food drive. The Fellows emerged victorious from the contest during its first two years of existence but have tasted defeat for the last two. Staff and Fellow team captains spent Tuesday afternoon tallying the points from collected items for the 2011 contest, and this year’s results are in—the staff has officially won with 1,280 points, doubling the fellows’ 625 points. However, the real winner is Urban Peak—the Colorado Springs 501(c)(3) nonprofit and teen homeless shelter that received the donations from staff and Fellows earlier this week.

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2012 Fellowship Viewbook Now Online

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

We write and talk a lot about the El Pomar Fellowship on this blog. And we hope most of you know the details of this important program that helps the Foundation support its mission in Colorado. But for those who still feel like they need more info or those interested in becoming a Fellow someday, we offer a great new educational tool. Check out our new Fellowship Viewbook to see a different take on the behind-the-scenes version of the Fellowship. (more…)

What the Finance?!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Ben Jourdan

Well, folks, if you haven’t heard from your television, radio, newspaper, mom, or pocket book, the world economy ain’t doing too hot.

Among other things affecting it, we have the uncertainty of the Eurozone’s fate (more specifically Greece and Italy); the rising tensions of the Occupy Wall Street movement (and the world for that matter); and a recent poll from CBS News/New York Times that showed a U.S. congressional all-time low approval rating of 9 percent. As a result, markets have seemed to take on the characteristics of your crazy, gambling, bi-polar Uncle Larry and have caused investment analysts and Chicken Littles alike to scream, “THE SKY IS FALLING!”

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2011 Empty Stocking Fund Kicks Off

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

On Monday, the 28th annual Empty Stocking Fund set the stage for its official kick off the day after Thanksgiving with a reception at the El Pomar Carriage Museum. A partnership between the Colorado Springs Gazette and El Pomar Foundation, the Empty Stocking Fund provides resources for 15 local heath and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region. In attendance were representatives from each of the local nonprofit agencies, media representatives, and representatives from some of the Empty Stocking Fund’s numerous community partners.

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Katharine Joyce Carpenter Inducted into Cultural Heritage Room

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Katharine Joyce Carpenter spent her life battling for the poor, the elderly, and the disadvantaged. On November 14, her legacy was on display as she was inducted into the Milton E. Proby Cultural Heritage Room.

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Harry Zeeve of the Concord Coalition on the Debt, the Deficit, and Political Dysfunction

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Last month, El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement hosted Harry Zeeve of the Concord Coalition for a talk entitled, “The Debt, the Deficit, and Dysfunction.” Based out of Washington D.C., the Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America’s unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth. With less than two weeks until the Super Committee’s deadline, the Concord Coalition’s message is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. (more…)