Archive for August, 2012

Trustees Approve Grants

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider grant proposals. They approved 90 grants totaling nearly $1,400,000. Recipients represent 27 counties across the state of Colorado. (more…)

Reaching New Heights: the Beginning of a Journey

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

by Devanie Helman

Recently, the Fellows embarked on an Outward Bound excursion designed to hone personal leadership skills and cultivate stronger relationships within the fellowship.

Outward Bound’s symbol is a compass, representing the undertaking of a journey.  A journey can be broadly defined: it can refer to traveling from one place to another, or imply progress and growth from one stage to another. Outward Bound was a journey in both the literal and figurative sense: we physically ventured through the mountains, and in the process matured mentally and emotionally. (more…)

Charting How America Gives

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We often hear about America’s unique culture of giving. But how much do Americans actually give? And why do they give? The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently issued the findings of a new study analyzing trends in American charitable giving. (more…)

Who Knew We’d Be Fish?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Dakota Sandras

The word “intern” often equates to “plankton of the business-world sea.” When I came into El Pomar, I knew the “big fish” were doing incredible things so I was excited to have even the smallest, plankton-sized role. What I didn’t know was that I’d get to be a fish, too. In the words of El Pomar CEO and Chairman Bill Hybl, “the El Pomar internship isn’t a summer job; it’s an experience.”

I underestimated El Pomar because I had realistic expectations.

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The People on the Bus Go…

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Darcy Struckhoff

You probably know about “getting the right people on the bus.” As a Fellow at El Pomar Foundation, Jim Collins’ concept, also known as “first who, then what” came up in daily discussions. This summer, I took a new role at a new organization, and surprise, “getting the right people on the bus” came up again. Only this time, the discussion did not take place in a boardroom in Colorado Springs, but in impoverished rural Guatemala.

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Monday marked the new Fellows’ third week at the Foundation. In an effort to introduce them to El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships program, this week every Fellow took off on a two-day immersion trip to the rural regions of the state. Fellows traveled to their assigned rural regions and visited towns from Wray to Durango and countless places in between.  They met with regional Council members, conducted Community Impact Visits, volunteered at local nonprofits, and met with local community leaders. Check out this photo montage from their travels across the state.

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Race Over to the El Pomar Carriage Museum!

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Fox 21’s Craig Coffey visited with Jason Campbell, head curator of the El Pomar Carriage Museum, to learn about yet another legacy Spencer and Julie Penrose left behind: the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Spencer started the race in 1916 and memories of the first race, along with many other historical transportation gems collected by the Penroses, are on display in the Carriage Museum located at the west end of Broadmoor Hall on Lake Circle. Get a museum preview by watching the videos below.

Helping Kids Help Themselves

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Dakota Sandras

One in three girls and one in six boys are sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday.

In Teller and El Paso County there are approximately 150,000 people under 18. If there are equal numbers of girls and boys, one could estimate that there are nearly 38,000 kids who will be or already have been abused in the Pikes Peak region alone. Kidpower of Colorado Springs has set out to lower that number.

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Ben Jourdan

We live in a world of stereotypes and generalizations. The second we meet someone we make a judgment. We think: “You look like this so you must be this kind of person,” or, “you are from a certain part of the world so you must act a certain way.” (more…)