Seven outstanding nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado were honored during El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence presentation ceremony in Black Hawk.

BLACK HAWK — Seven outstanding nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado were honored during El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence presentation ceremony in Black Hawk.


Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, an Arvada-based conservation group with statewide reach, was honored as the state’s outstanding nonprofit with the Julie and Spencer Penrose Award. The Penrose Award includes a $50,000 cash prize.


CCALT works with the ranching and agricultural communities of Colorado to conserve land throughout the state.


“CCALT is thrilled to be recognized by El Pomar Foundation,” said CCALT Executive Director Chris West. “We are honored to receive this award and know that as a result we will be able to partner with even more landowners in the protection of working ranches across Colorado.  These families and their ranches are what make Colorado a special place to live, and our mission is to ensure that they remain intact for future generations to come.”


In addition, the 2012 Awards for Excellence winners also include the following organizations. Each received a $25,000 prize:


Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede) - The William I. Howbert Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture


Tri-County Housing and Community Development Corp. (Fowler) - The H. Chase Stone Award for Excellence in Civic and Community Issues


Cool Science (Colorado Springs) - The Charles L. Tutt Award for Excellence in Education


Colorado Water Trust (Denver) - The Robert V. Menary Award for Excellence in Environmental Issues


Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (Aurora) - The Joel A.H. Webb Award for Excellence in Health


Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado (Colorado Springs) - The R.J. Montgomery Award for Excellence in Human Services.