ASC President Svaldi named to El Pomar's SLV Regional Council

(03-18-2011)

The trustees of El Pomar Foundation are pleased to announce that Dr. David Svaldi, president of Adams State College in Alamosa, has been appointed to El Pomar's San Luis Valley Regional Council.

"I am honored to serve on this very important council and look forward to working with its many fine members," Svaldi said. Svaldi also volunteers locally on the boards of Alamosa Community Economic Development, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the SLV, Area Health Education Council, and the Southern Colorado Education Consortium.

El Pomar Foundation, founded in 1937 by Spencer and Julie Penrose, makes grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and operates programs that encourage leadership and promote community development across the state.

The Council is an advisory board of local leaders representing communities throughout the Valley. Each year the Council may recommend up to $200,000 in grants to the trustees of El Pomar Foundation. Since 2004, the San Luis Valley Council has recommended more than 90 grants, totaling more than $700,000 in support of area non-profit organizations.

El Pomar Foundation established Regional Partnerships to better understand and respond to the specific issues important to the diverse communities across Colorado. To facilitate this regional approach, El Pomar developed a network of more than 60 notable community leaders across the state to advise and inform the trustees on topics and concerns throughout rural areas of Colorado. These leaders, from all walks of life and representing the business sector, the public sector, and the nonprofit sector, form Regional Councils that provide firsthand information about the needs in their own communities.

Each Council member comes to El Pomar with an established record of community engagement and involvement that helps the Foundation make grants and create programs that have unprecedented local impact. Each Regional Council is led by an El Pomar trustee; together, each Council identifies and addresses important issues specific to their regions. There are nine Regional Councils throughout Colorado which each annually provide up to $200,000 in grant recommendations to El Pomar trustees. To date, more than $6.4 million has been granted through these Regional Partnerships.

By Julie Waechter