Archive for May, 2012

Aiken Canyon Field Station and Preserve

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, residents across the state are looking for places to get outside. Here in Colorado Springs, we are lucky enough to have many options in our backyard. Less known is a beautiful place, just twenty minutes from Colorado Springs. Operated by The Nature Conservancy, Aiken Canyon Preserve offers over four miles of trails on 1,600 acres of open space.

Earlier this month, El Pomar Foundation Trustees visited Aiken Canyon Preserve, not for a hike, but for an honor. In recognition of the Trustee’s longstanding support of The Nature Conservancy, the Preserve’s Field Station now bears El Pomar’s name.  The station is an innovative straw bale building designed to introduce visitors to the region’s flora and fauna.


Finding Place in the Mountains

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Located in some of Colorado’s most rugged mountains, San Juan County is a long way from anywhere. The county’s only town, Silverton (population 637), is located 49 miles from Durango and 60 miles from Montrose along the treacherous million-dollar highway.

Last week, El Pomar vice-president Peter Maiurro and I had the opportunity to visit this oft-overlooked corner of southwest Colorado. There we met with Silverton’s mayor, Chris Tookey, and town administrator, Jason Wells. In addition to hearing about the town’s storied past, we had a chance to learn about dedication to community and the importance of place.


2012 Air Force Academy Graduates Honored

Friday, May 25th, 2012









On Wednesday, El Pomar Chairman and CEO Bill Hybl addressed an audience of military officials, community leaders, and cadets at a luncheon following the Air Force Academy’s commencement. (more…)

Using Celebrity (and Technology) for Good

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

In March, we discussed the trend of corporations using crowdsourced philanthropy as a way to more actively engage the public in their philanthropic efforts.  Recently, the concept of crowdsourced philanthropy has been taken one step further. uses crowdsourcing to find amusing tasks for celebrities to do. In return, users pledge to donate money to a charity if the celebrity completes the odd task. If the celebrity refuses, the donors do not have to pay.


El Pomar’s Scholars Create Impact in Their Communities

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Ben Jourdan

El Pomar’s Student Leadership Experience held its last retreat of the academic year recently. Over the last nine months the 44 scholars, representing the 11 universities associated with the Colorado Leadership Alliance, attended retreats in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. The yearlong theme also served as a challenge: Commit to Community: Know more. Do more. Be More.

The objective of holding these retreats in different locations was to allow the scholars to view how communities throughout Colorado contrast and, more specifically, how their needs vary. Scholars were able to explore these three communities by meeting elected officials, academic trailblazers, and community leaders, as well as taking part in volunteer projects that were distinctive to each city.


R. Thayer Tutt’s Investing Tips

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Ben Jourdan

If you were given $100,000 to invest in the stock market how do you think you would fare? Would you be confused or hesitant with what to do with the money? Would you know which companies you would want to invest in? Do you think you would ace the art of investing and make big bucks…Or would you crash and burn? (more…)

The Devil is in the Details

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Jeff Hopfenbeck

Growing up in the United States you tend to assume a lot of things. You assume a stable political system. You assume frequent and fair elections. And, as my colleague Stephanie South discovered, you assume certain values.

Many of these assumptions are debunked as you grow up and learn more about the world. You learn about injustice, both here and abroad, and your worldview is broadened. But what about the details we take for granted? What about the seemingly small things that go unquestioned, yet make a big difference in how our political structures function?


Freedom. #ThingsWeTakeForGranted

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Stephanie South

On Wednesday, April 25, eight delegates from Croatia and Romania began their fourth day in Colorado, the third and final leg of their trip to the United States as a part of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program. After a morning spent driving the scenic route to Boulder, touring the Pearl Street Mall, and dining with student leaders from the University of Colorado at The Sink, a local institution that President Obama had visited only a day earlier, the delegates and their El Pomar Foundation entourage traveled to Denver for a meeting with Chris Adams, the president of Engaged Public who is also actively involved with TBD Colorado.


Creating a Culture of Giving

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Carnegie. Gates. Rockefeller. Buffett. Daniels. Penrose. Depending on where you live, some may be household names for many Americans. Yet we often forget how our country’s culture of philanthropy is unique. What seems normal and natural to us is still a tiny fraction of economies across the globe.


A Big Project for Big Animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl was on hand for a big announcement from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo this morning. The zoo officially reached its $13.5 million fundraising goal for Encounter Africa, the zoo’s biggest project ever. El Pomar Foundation contributed a total of $1.5 million to the effort, including $500,000 from the Ackerman Fund and $300,000 from the Hambrick Fund.