Archive for February, 2013

Building for Tomorrow: Sustainability at El Pomar

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Emily Orbanek

In 1987, half a century after Spencer and Julie Penrose established El Pomar Foundation, the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission developed the modern definition of sustainability: meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This definition of sustainability demands that the economy, the environment, and social equity are all accounted for in decision making.


Improving Education can begin with a Conversation

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Devanie Helman

It was never a question of if I was going to college, only a question of “where” and “for what.”

I was born into a world full of books and opportunity. As much priority was placed on reading as doing the dishes or cleaning my room. I didn’t have to work during school, and our family schedule was rearranged for every game, track meet, and college visit. (more…)

2012-2013 Empty Stocking Fund Campaign Comes to a Close

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Last week, community members from throughout the Pikes Peak region gathered for the 2012-2013 Empty-Stocking Fund closing reception at the Penrose House. The crowd included donors, community partners and representatives from El Pomar Foundation and The Gazette. The mood was celebratory, as this year’s campaign surpassed its goal of raising $1 million.


Business to College, College to Impact

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Maggie Hanna

As a 23-year-old program associate, I have had the privilege of seeing unprecedented impact firsthand. I was lucky enough to serve on the judging panel for the Northeast Region’s Business to College program implemented by Northeastern Junior College. Though sitting through 12 hours of business plan presentations was grueling, it was incredible to witness the impact of El Pomar Foundation’s Regional Partnerships in action, as students demonstrated their newfound knowledge and excitement.


A 21st Century Grant

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

El Pomar trustees joined representatives from the Pikes Peak Library District at a press conference today to announce the Foundation’s $750,000 grant in support of the PPLD’s Tri-Building Project, which seeks to create a 21st Century library to address the changing needs of the community. While the grant supports renovations at the downtown Penrose Library, the entire project encompasses several locations, including the establishment of a new facility near the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs. The new library on the north side of town will total more than 100,000 square feet, making it the largest single facility in the PPLD network.

The Foundation’s $750,000 grant was approved in 2012 and was the largest grant of the year for El Pomar. Overall, the PPLD ranks 15th on the list of El Pomar’s top grant recipients. Overall, El Pomar has made grants to support libraries in 40 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

Read more about the grant.



Nonprofit Takes the Field at Super Bowl

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Ben Jourdan

This past Sunday, 111.3 million people tuned into watch the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers battle it out for football supremacy. The viewers also engaged in another growing sport: watching and judging Super Bowl commercials.

This year, to get a 30-second ad on CBS during the big game cost you a cool $4 million, $500,000 more than last year. Companies that can afford it see the event as, well, the Super Bowl of advertising and believe the dollars are well spent. (more…)

El Pomar Scholar Awarded Student Leader of the Year

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Ben Jourdan

Wayne Caudill Student Leader of the Year from El Pomar Foundation on Vimeo.

Wayne Caudill, a student at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS), was selected last weekend as the Colorado Leadership Alliance’s (CLA) Student Leader of the Year. Caudill, who also participates in El Pomar’s Student Leadership Experience, was given the honor at the annual CLA Summit held in Denver. More than 200 students participating in leadership programs from 11 Colorado universities attended the Summit.