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UW Foundation

Who We Are

The University of Wyoming Foundation, established in 1962, is appointed by the University Board of Trustees to raise, receive, and manage private gifts to maximize support for the University of Wyoming. It is an independent, nonprofit corporation with a Board of Directors comprised of up to 30 members.

Through the generosity of our many alumni and friends, the UW Foundation raises an average of $53.5 million a year in private support—funding that goes to students and the faculty, staff, and programs that support them.

The UW Foundation is a trailblazer. We are breaking through, setting a new standard for what a university foundation can accomplish. We think big, we embrace bold initiatives, and we strive to be the best in all that we do.

Why? Because we aren’t satisfied with the status quo. We’re always asking: how can we make it better?

To learn more about how we are breaking through, visit the UW Foundation’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 by clicking here.

 

Vision Statement

To inspire big thinking and bold ideas on behalf of the University of Wyoming. 

 

Mission Statement

To lift up the University of Wyoming with the power of philanthropy.

 

Ideals

  • Quality. Going above and beyond to deliver first-class experiences and interactions.

  • Integrity. Demonstrating trust, honesty, and responsibility.

  • Creativity. Making an impact in extraordinary ways.

  • Purpose. Elevating the university to new heights of excellence and achievement.

 

Goals

  • Lead with vision and creativity.

  • Connect private giving to UW's future.

  • Ensure excellence in investment and financial management.

  • Deliver superior donor and alumni relations.

  • Communicate the culture of philanthropy.

 

UW Foundation Departments

Our fundraising efforts are responsibly and effectively implemented by the following departments.

  • Development – The Development team works closely with individual donors and with the university to focus on the priorities of each, helping to guide the significant and thoughtful commitments that have a major impact on the future of Wyoming’s university. Contact John Stark, Senior Vice President for Development, at (307) 766-3930 or jdstark@uwyo.edu.

  • Annual Giving – UW Annual Giving focuses on acquiring regular yearly contributions, thus creating a vital and dependable source of private support to help the University of Wyoming fulfill its mission of being one of the nation’s finest public land-grant research universities. Contact John Stark, Senior Vice President for Development, at (307) 766-3930 or jdstark@uwyo.edu.

  • Corporate  Giving – Some of the most significant impacts across the University of Wyoming campus have come from the remarkable support of corporations. Gifts campus-wide have built buildings, created new programs, and underwritten research that changes the world as we know it. Contact John Small, Senior Associate Vice President for Development, at (307) 766-3934 or john.small@uwyo.edu.

  • Foundation Giving – Foundations have made such a lasting impact on Wyoming’s students and the colleges, programs, and facilities that support them. Student by student, foundation-supported scholarships have built a wealth of human capital. Contact Katrina McGee, Director of Foundation Development, at (307) 766-4266 or kmcgee1@uwyo.edu.

  • Planned Giving – The UW Foundation’s gift planning staff assists donors in integrating charitable gifts into their financial, tax, and estate-planning objectives, maximizing benefits to both donors and the University of Wyoming. Planned gifts provide donors with an immediate tax deduction and other benefits such as life income, continued use of gift property, or elimination of capital gains tax.  Contact Clayton Melinkovich, Associate Director of Planned Giving, at (307) 766-4259 or clayvich@uwyo.edu.

  • Administration and Donor Relations – The Administration and Donor Relations team provides invaluable support for the activities of all departments of the foundation, including advancement operations, donor relations, gift processing, event planning, stewardship support, human resources, and management of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, among many other things. Contact Mary Ivanoff, Vice President for Administration and Donor Relations, at (307) 766-3937 or mivanoff@uwyo.edu.

  • Financial Services – Providing a reliable, growing source of income to the University of Wyoming is one of the foundation’s main objectives, and its Financial Services team, through the board’s investment policies, proactively and prudently manages the university’s private assets in order to preserve or increase the real principal value of its endowment. This in turn provides permanent capital and a dependable stream of income for the university and its programs, despite trends in the economy or administrative changes. Contact the foundation at (307) 766-6300 or foundation@uwyo.edu

  • Marketing and Communications – The Marketing and Communications team helps coordinate the strategic vision of the foundation and communicates that vision in a variety of media to university and foundation constituencies. IT is included under Marketing and Communications. Contact Toby Marlatt, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, at (307) 766-5085 or tmarlatt@uwyo.edu.

  • Prospect Management – The Prospect Management team ensures the best possible fit between donors and the university, facilitating that relationship and the fulfillment of the goals of both. Contact Robby Tabuchi, Interim Director, Prospect Research, at (307) 766-3928 or rtabuchi@uwyo.edu

 


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Email: foundation@uwyo.edu

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