Two weeks ago, El Pomar Foundation Trustee and Senior Vice President/General Counsel Kyle Hybl returned from Sri Lanka and Nepal with an American Council of Young Political Leaders delegation. Here in Colorado, El Pomar Foundation is currently hosting an ACYPL delegation from Romania and Croatia. Since 1993, El Pomar Foundation has hosted representatives from 52 countries. The timing of the inbound/outbound delegations this month got us thinking about the impact this program has across all parts of the Foundation. (more…)
Archive for April, 2012
We all know the impact the recession has had on communities across the nation, and the role nonprofit organizations played (and continue to play) in filling the gaps left by the economic downturn. What is less frequently discussed is the unique role large institutional nonprofits, like universities and hospitals, fill in creating economic vitality. Nonprofit Quarterly recently featured a study by Baltimore-based Living Cities Design Lab that analyzed the contributions of such “anchor institutions” to regional economies.
In July of 2011, El Pomar Foundation’s trustees made a $50,000 capital grant to the Grand Junction Baseball Committee, Inc., headquartered in Grand Junction. This all-volunteer, 80-member nonprofit committee organizes and hosts the National Junior College Baseball World Series tournament (JUCO)—a local institution—at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction each year. Over the last half century, JUCO has brought to the community teams from 47 states to vie for this national championship, and spectator attendance has grown to 137,000. This past summer, the committee signed a 25-year contract to continue this key role with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
We get a lot of interesting opportunities as fellows at El Pomar Foundation. Whether it’s regional travel, professional development, or community impact visits, it seems every day holds a new experience. But one recent excursion tops the list in terms of engaging in a once-in-a-lifetime event. For several hours earlier this month, fellows and staff were transported a short distance to another world, as we visited Fort Carson for a tour arranged by El Pomar’s Terrance McWilliams, the Foundation’s director of military and veteran affairs. (more…)
Every week, El Pomar regional staff and fellows head out across the state to engage with rural Colorado. Whether it’s for a community impact visit, a regional council meeting, or just a cup of coffee with local community members, Foundation staff go the distance (literally) to engage with all parts of the state.
We like to think of social media as an easy, free set of tools for nonprofit organizations wanting to spread their message. But are your organization’s Facebook likes and Twitter followers really free? Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) recently released 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmarking Report sheds light on how much a Facebook like or Twitter follower really costs, and provides some helpful information for nonprofits seeking to maximize their online presence.
In a post on the Netwits ThinkTank, Frank Barry shares six key findings from the 2012 report:
Two years ago, second-year fellows were finalizing their Ferrand Fund allocation recommendations for the Trustees. Among the recommendations was a grant to Atlas Preparatory School, commonly referred to as Atlas Prep, for $16,000 to purchase a school bus.
Fast forward to April 2012. Last week, I stopped by Atlas Prep for a community impact visit regarding the grant and quickly became aware of the value of wheels. For Atlas Prep, buses mean business. For the 350 students currently enrolled at the school, transportation can be a trajectory change.
After 81 years, birthday cakes and party hats become a bit tired, which is why the Ackerman and Hambrick Team celebrated Hal Littrell’s birthday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Littrell is special advisor of the funds, both of which have been supportive of the zoo throughout their history. The team toured the new elephant barn, which currently houses four female African elephants who have an affinity for bagels. The cool weather didn’t spoil the day for Littrell and the team, but it did make the grizzly bears a bit sleepy.