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El Pomar Foundation


Last profile update: 01/24/2017
Last grant data update: 04/20/2018

At A Glance

El Pomar Foundation

10 Lake Cir.

Colorado Springs, CO United States 80906-4201

Telephone: (719) 633-7733


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1937 in CO - Born in Philadelphia in 1865, Mr. Penrose moved to the Pikes Peak Area in 1892. There he was a pioneer in gold mining in the Cripple Creek Mining District and a founder and director of Utah Copper Co.; later he built the BROADMOOR Hotel in Colorado Springs. His private collection of wild animals is today the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, supported by the foundation. Upon his death in 1939, the foundation received the remainder of his estate after certain bequests. Mrs. Penrose, who died in 1956, provided additional funding. The foundation divested itself of 80 percent of the BROADMOOR Hotel prior to May, 1989.

Purpose and Activities

Grants only to nonprofit organizations for public, educational, arts and humanities, health, and welfare purposes, including child welfare, the disadvantaged, and housing; municipalities may request funds for specific projects.