This week the El Pomar Foundation’s board of trustees will announce the last in a series of 10 regional awards – all unsolicited grants to area nonprofit agencies distributed through Colorado Assistance Fund II.

A total of $305,000 will be distributed to Pikes Peak region agencies with a special emphasis on those focused on child abuse, domestic abuse and substance abuse services, said Foundation President and Chief Investment Officer R. Thayer Tutt.

Another $75,000 in CAFII grants has already been made to nine Pueblo nonprofits.

“This will be the final round for Fund II,” he said, adding that a total of $1 million in grants will have been awarded to “direct service” nonprofits located in nine regions plus El Paso and Teller counties by August 31.

El Pomar presented its first series of awards in November through Colorado Assistance Fund I to surprised nonprofit groups throughout the state, and due to a “lagging recession,” a second fund was created, Tutt said.

Just last week the Alamosa Valley Courier announced that the six-county San Luis Valley Regional Council met, and former Adams State College president Tom Gilmore presented six grants ranging in size from $5,000 to5,000 to six organizations on behalf of El Pomar.

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“We rely on our nine regional councils to recommend those most deserving – and this year we’ve seen a growing need in Colorado — especially here in El Paso County and Teller counties — for additional funds to meet the growing need of those who help the victims of abuse,” he said.

“It’s been very heartwarming. The council member who recommended each it agency is asked to present the check to usually a very surprised executive director or board member.”


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