Archive for March, 2013

Shaking for Community

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Ben Jourdan

I find it a trend in my life that I typically jump into things without fully thinking them through. Not everyone views this is a positive. But, imagine a world full of white rabbits and no mad hatters? Boring. (more…)

A Partnership for Northwest Colorado

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Ben Haughton

Over the past few years, El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council has focused its efforts on retaining a steady workforce in spite of economic ebbs and flows that come with the oil and gas industry. This spurred the Council to ask the question: how can we give youth in the Northwest Region more opportunities to pursue higher education?


Forum for Civic Advancement to Host Colorado Springs City Council Candidate Community Roundtable

Friday, March 15th, 2013

With the new city council structure and redistricting, this year’s Colorado Springs City Council election is highly competitive, with all six seats up for grabs. On Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement will host a City Council Candidate Community Roundtable where citizens and community members have the opportunity to meet their representatives and engage in roundtable discussions with the candidates…



Women in sports: something to celebrate

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

On Sunday night, sitting a mere 10 feet from arguably the best swimmer in the world, I wasn’t struck by Missy Franklin’s fame or the glare of all those Olympic gold medals. I was struck by her passion, excitement, joy and patience. Prior to the annual Sportswomen of Colorado awards ceremony, where Franklin was slated to receive the organization’s highest honor as Sportswoman of the Year, she faced a familiar situation. A crowd of star-struck young girls surrounded her, eager and unsure at the same time. Franklin’s interactions with these girls was both comforting and empowering.  Role models help to make sense of uncharted waters and give those that follow them the courage to pursue their dreams; the importance of having female role models cannot be overstated.  Missy Franklin is one of those role models and organizations like Sportswomen of Colorado help showcase that spirit to the state and the world.


Philanthropy and YouTube

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

YouTube: the ultimate source for endless hours of cat videos, people falling down, and more recently, countless videos dedicated to individuals “doing “ the Harlem Shake. Every month, YouTube receives approximately 800 million unique visitors who watch more than 4 billion hours of homemade videos; that’s a little more than 26 million users and almost 135 million hours of video per day.

Recently, nonprofit organizations and charities have jumped on the social media bandwagon with increasing frequency, uploading videos about their mission, programs, and organizations to video sharing websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Some organizations have proven extremely successful in garnering a large audience and attention. Caine’s Arcade, a short film about a nine-year old boy who built a cardboard arcade in his father’s used auto parts shop, became an instant viral success, generating a massive movement only five days after the video was first uploaded.


Brought To You by the Letters S, L, and E, and the Number 30,282

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Ben Jourdan

Ellen Lundwall of Regis University gives a presentation of her year-long project with SAME Cafe in Denver, CO


Last month, 42 students from the ten universities that participate in El Pomar’s Student Leadership Experience gathered for their winter weekend retreat. During the retreat, students volunteered with the United Way of Larimer County to make care packages for victims of the High Park Fire; attended personal and professional development sessions that included taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, and resume and interview skill building; and listened to a speech from nationally renowned speaker, author, and animal science expert Dr. Temple Grandin. (more…)