History and tradition don't always lead to innovation, but in the case of El Pomar Foundation these three words are intertwined. A private general purpose foundation based in Colorado Springs, El Pomar accepts applications from 501(c)3 organizations serving the state of Colorado in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services.
The El Pomar Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year post-undergraduate leadership training program that develops today's young professionals into tomorrow's leaders. It is designed to bring together highly qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests, and develop them into effective leaders for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Fellowship seeks to develop professional skills and educate Fellows in the role of philanthropy in the nonprofit sector, while offering direct management experience.
The core work experience of the Fellows is to staff and manage the Foundation's programs. The first year of the Fellowship is dedicated to skill-building, nonprofit sector education and exploring the theoretical framework of leadership. Fellows take nonprofit management courses, personality and leadership style assessments, and learn best practices in time management, workplace dynamics, and programatic effectiveness. By the end of the first year, Fellows experience rapid personal and professional growth in the supportive environment of the Foundation.
In their second year, Fellows put their skills and self-understanding into practice, enhancing their experience through increased responsibility in training and development. 2nd Year Fellows become coordinators of the Foundation's regional activities and directors of the various programs. A number of 2nd year Fellows have the opportunity to explore community development and gain additional experience through externships with local organizations. 2nd Year Fellows also utilize internal career preparation workshops and the Foundation and Fellowship alumni network to springboard into their future career path.