Archive for October, 2012

One Meal at a Time

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Melanie DeHerrera

Imagine you are in a boxing ring, going blow to blow with the toughest opponent you will ever face. This opponent has drained you physically, emotionally, and financially, and shows no signs of slowing down. The bell dings momentarily and you head to your corner for some much needed fuel and focus. You are strong-willed, have a good doctor, and even a cheering section, yet something is still missing. For those fighting life-threatening illness, this missing component is often something we take for granted:

Nutritious food.

(more…)

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Discover Goodwill

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Recently, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

Goodwill may be known for its many retail stores, but the impact of the organization extends much further. This year’s winner of the R.J. Montgomery Award for Excellence in Human Services, Discover Goodwill, invites you to discover just how much further.

(more…)

Expanding El Pomar’s Reach

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

When El Pomar Foundation initiated the Regional Partnerships program nearly a decade ago, the reason was clear. Reaching rural areas of the state was crucial to Colorado’s future and the Foundation needed a reliable method of understanding the needs of diverse and far-flung communities across the state. Convening advisory boards of local leaders just made sense. These were the people who knew what was going on in their own backyards. They already had a demonstrated track-record of getting things done. And they provided firsthand knowledge to the Foundation’s trustees who were largely based in the urban areas of Colorado Springs and Denver.

(more…)

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Recently, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

In 2006, approximately 180,000 Colorado children did not have access to comprehensive primary health care.   Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program, or CCHAP, was established in response to this deficiency in Colorado’s public health system.  CCHAP is committed to ensuring that every Colorado child eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus has access to quality medical care and all pregnant women receive complete prenatal services.  It is for this reason CCHAP is the 2012 recipient of the Joel A.H. Webb Award for Excellence in Health.

(more…)

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Cool Science

Friday, October 19th, 2012


Recently, El Pomar Foundation
awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

It seems everyone is talking about the importance of science and math. Here in Colorado Springs, this year’s winner of the Charles L. Tutt Award for Excellence in Education is not only teaching kids the importance of science, but also making science fun. Since 2003, Cool Science has worked to get parents and teachers engaged in exciting hands-on activities and workshops designed to provide intimidation-free opportunities to explore the joy of science and engineering.

(more…)

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Tri-County Housing

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Recently, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

This year’s winner of the H. Chase Stone Award for Excellence in Civic and Community Issues is Tri-County Housing.  Tri-County Housing’s mission is to serve the people of Bent, Crowley, and Otero counties through facilitation of quality affordable housing and community projects.

(more…)

Highlights from El Pomar’s Statewide Meeting

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Cathy Robbins, Senior Vice President, Director of El Pomar Regional Partnerships

When talking about the Regional Partnerships we tend to stress the collective impact our Councils have across the state of Colorado. What we don’t often expose are the people and moments that lead to the impact. When Council members from across Colorado gathered for El Pomar’s annual Statewide Meeting earlier this month, the big picture and the little moments came together. As the Councils now apply the “unprecedented impact” lens to their individual communities, we want to share those moments in time that help bring that vision to life. The Statewide Meeting was thrilling and eye-opening because when you get a group of people together who are driven and committed and engaged, anything can happen:

(more…)

A Conversation with the Candidates

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Last Tuesday, over two hundred Pikes Peak area citizens gathered at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion to hear how local candidates for the Colorado State House of Representatives plan to serve the community.

(more…)

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Colorado Water Trust

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Recently, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

This year’s winner of the Robert V. Menary Award for Excellence in Environmental Issues is the Colorado Water Trust.  Formed in 2001 to support and promote voluntary efforts to protect and restore the state’s streamflows, the Colorado Water Trust is the only organization working statewide to transact water deals for conservation benefits.

(more…)

Diplomacy in Times of Struggle

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Sabrina Ragaller

El Pomar Foundation recently partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders to assist with the D.C.-based nonprofit’s Election Exchange program. The program will bring 50 young elected leaders, activists, policy experts, and grassroots organizers together for an in-depth look at the American electoral process.

Two El Pomar fellows, Ben Jourdan and Sabrina Ragaller, are currently living in Washington D.C.assisting ACYPL with preparations. Over the course of their visit, we will post periodic updates on their experience living, working, and learning in our nation’s capital.

One of the best parts about working in Washington, D.C. has been the ability to capitalize on the concentrated cache of knowledge, expertise, and experience in this city. Recently, Ben Jourdan and I visited The Brookings Institution for a free panel discussion dedicated to the “Arab Awakening.” The three featured experts were asked to determine the Arab Spring’s importance in the 2012 U.S. elections. A few months ago, the consensus would have been easier – it wasn’t. Now, with an American ambassador dead, and fiery protests erupting across the Middle East, Ben and I sat in a crowded briefing room filled with unexpected gravity.

(more…)