Archive for April, 2014

Trustee Approved Grants

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider and approve grant requests, including those from the Ackerman Fund, Hambrick Fund, and Regional Councils. As a result, they approved 80 grants totaling more than $1.7 million. Recipients represent 28 counties from across the state of Colorado.

Grant recipients are listed below. To learn more about El Pomar Foundation’s grantmaking and community stewardship programs visit (more…)

Fellow Alumni Spotlight: Nat Robinson

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Nat Robinson was a Fellow with El Pomar Foundation in 2003-2005. A native of Evergreen, Colorado and graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Nat received an MBA from Vanderbilt University in 2007. While at Vanderbilt, he also helped found and endow the $250,000 Project Pyramid initiative, designed to alleviate poverty by connecting MBAs with social entrepreneurs in the poorest countries of the world. Nat has studied and traveled in 33 countries across 6 continents. He currently resides in Kenya, where he is CEO of the company Juhudii Kilimo. Nat generously agreed to share some of his post-Fellowship experience for this article. (more…)

Historical Perspective: Buddha Statues

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Colin McCarey

In 1368, the final Mongol emperor of Kublai Khan’s 80-year-old Yuan Dynasty in China fled in the face of a sweeping peasant rebellion.  After nearly twenty years of multi-factional civil war, his retreat and the subsequent ascension to the throne of the former Buddhist monk Zhu Yuanzhang, marked the turn of an era and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.  The Ming’s 276-year span saw the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the completion of the Great Wall, massive naval expeditions as far abroad as the African coast, and a golden age of art and literature. (more…)

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Matt Weigel

Consider a college library – a mammoth, gothic space filled with dark wood, musty books, and miserable students – a place to sequester yourself during finals week while binging on caffeine and poring over arcane tomes in search of an A on your exam. It is not a place to meet friends, socialize, and pass a few hours in conversation – it is not a place associated with fun or engagement in any sense of the word. I have been to that library; I have studied in that library.  Many of us have. The University of Denver has rejected that antique notion of a library, introducing an entirely new approach to the way its students and faculty live, socialize, and learn. (more…)

Tessie, the Empress of Arkansas

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Ashley Cornelius
El Pomar founder Spencer Penrose left his mark in Colorado by establishing key landmarks such as The Broadmoor, the Pikes Peak Highway, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Less known about Mr. Penrose today is his notorious sense of humor. (more…)