Archive for January, 2013

How to Run for City Council

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Run and Win – Colorado Springs City Council

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Interested in running for City Council? With six of nine city council seats up for grabs in April, now is a great time to get involved.

El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement is hosting a workshop this Thursday, January 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Penrose House. The workshop, part of Forum’s “Run and Win” series, will feature Sam Mamet from the Colorado Municipal League, Councilor Jan Martin, Colorado Springs City Clerk Sarah Johnson, as well as campaign strategists Sarah Brittain Jack and Laura Carno.


New Ways of Business, New Ways of Giving

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

While Silicon Valley may not be as rich as it was during the tech boom of the late 1990s, recent IPOs (Facebook, Zynga, Zillow, etc.) have minted thousands of new paper millionaires and billionaires in California’s tech hub. Many are young, innovative, and increasingly, quite philanthropic.

In a recent article on Co.Exist, Ariel Schwartz highlights the changing ways of giving among Silicon Valley’s young stars. While Mark Zuckerberg made a splash in late 2012 when he announced that he is giving $500 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, many other young tech entrepreneurs are starting to bring their passion for innovation to the philanthropic sector.


Remembering Glen Marchadie

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Operating a conference and education facility utilized by more than 30,000 people each year requires a dedicated team. Administrators, conference support staff, housekeepers and grounds crew all work together to make sure that guests only see one thing: a beautiful and functional space conducive to bringing out out the best in visitors with limited time and big plans.


10 Day Fellowship Application Countdown!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

What does the future hold for you? If you are a soon to be or recent college graduate, this question is rarely far from your mind. The good news is there is still time to apply to become an El Pomar Fellow! Watch the videos below to learn more about current Fellows’ experiences and the opportunities awaiting you at El Pomar Foundation.

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Trustees Approve Grants

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

On December 17, one day after the Foundation’s 75th birthday, the Trustees of El Pomar met to consider grant proposals. They approved 56 grants totaling over $1 million. Recipients represent 13 counties from across the state of Colorado.


Hambrick Fund Makes Emergency Grants to Horse Rescue Organizations Affected by Hay Shortage

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Colorado’s prolonged drought has severely affected the state’s hay production, resulting in a devastating shortage and an increase in prices by roughly 30 percent compared to this time last year. In light of this dramatic increase, El Pomar’s internal Hambrick Fund recently designated $25,000 in emergency grants to nine different horse rescue organizations across the state.


Overcoming Barriers, Creating a Brighter Future

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Jeff Hopfenbeck

Coloradans without a high school diploma face many challenges. They are likely to earn less than their more-educated peers, are more likely to be incarcerated, and some even face decreased life expectancy. In addition, they are likely to incur thousands more in social costs due to lower tax contributions, higher reliance on Medicaid and Medicare, higher rates of crime, and higher reliance on welfare.

Yet for those dropouts who wish to pursue a better life, the barriers to obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) degree often seem insurmountable. Language, poverty, pregnancy, illness, technology, and incarceration can dull hopes for a brighter future.