Archive for November, 2012

El Pomar/Boettcher Announce Colorado Gives Day Prizes

Friday, November 30th, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS and ARVADA, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2012) – Colorado Gives Day, an initiative created in 2010 by Community First Foundation to increase philanthropy in the state through online giving, is back and new this year is $25,000 in cash prizes for participating nonprofits outside the seven-county Metro Denver area sponsored by Boettcher Foundation, based in Denver, and El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs. The prizes are part of a new grant that both foundations made to Community First Foundation to help expand Colorado Gives Day in honor of their 75th anniversaries. (more…)

F-R-E-E

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Ben Jourdan

Readers, I have finally grasped the meaning of it.  I have truly come to that pinnacle of understanding that swells through the pores of every inch of my being. The light bulb has clicked on.

What do I understand? My friends, I am talking about the one word I have always been told to appreciate, yet have never learned to appreciate.

Freedom. (more…)

Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Today, as most Americans gather to give thanks to family, friends, country, and heath, we at El Pomar Foundation would like to honor those we are thankful for: the dedicated organizations, leaders, donors, and volunteers who work to make Colorado a better place, day in and day out. From our family to yours, thank you.

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‘Tis the Season to Give: Empty Stocking Fund Kicks-Off

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

– Dr. Seuss from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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National Philanthropy Day

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Parliament recently approved a bill that makes Canada the first nation to officially declare November 15 as National Philanthropy Day.  While the United States has yet to set a permanent day to honor the work of charities, donors and volunteers, philanthropy is recognized through celebrations all across the country in the beginning of November. 

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Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Creede Repertory Theatre

Thursday, November 8th, 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.

As the mining industry declined in Colorado, so did many of the state’s small mountain communities. Some once-thriving towns like St. Elmo, Crystal, and Animas Forks all but fell off the map. Others like Aspen, Telluride, and Breckenridge found new life as destination ski areas. Yet one Colorado town in Mineral County took a slightly different path.

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The El Pomar Fellowship: A Place Where You Can Make a Difference

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Millennials are confident, open to change, and in search of meaning.  In a recent article titled, “What Millennials Want Most: A Career That Actually Matters,” Forbes magazine suggests that millennials are not motivated by success in the same way previous generations were.  Millennials want to know what an organization stands for and how they, individually, can spark positive change in the world.  They are committed to changing the world, and believe they have the skills to make it happen. (more…)

Trustees Approve Grants

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider grant proposals. They approved 50 grants totaling over $1 million. Recipients represent 18 counties from across the state of Colorado.

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Five Keys to Leadership You Won’t Find in a Textbook

Monday, November 5th, 2012

How do you create the first self-funded city office in the country, save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars through sustainability initiatives, line Pikes Peak avenue with trees and hay bales for a day, and convince an entire community that what you’re doing makes sense?   Embrace your creativity/innovation and open the hearts and minds of the people around you. (more…)