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Annual Giving

Annual Giving is the only fundraising program of the university that reaches all alumni, parents, faculty, staff , and friends each year to off er giving opportunities for direct support of UW’s colleges, departments, and programs. This creates a vital and dependable source of private support to help the University of Wyoming fulfill its mission to become one of the nation’s fi nest public land-grant research universities. Donors to Annual Giving contributed an amazing $6.8 million this year.

Fifth Annual Giving Day Raises a Record $1.6 Million

Giving Day is an annual tradition that takes place from midnight to midnight the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Part of the Giving Tuesday tradition, it is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration that kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. UW Giving Day—Tuesday, December 3, 2019— surpassed all previous records, raising $1,609,870 in gifts and pledges from 1,110 donors from all 50 states and four countries. The total includes gifts that were doubled by over $200,000 in matching funds provided by the UW Foundation Board of Directors and colleges and units across campus, as well as more than $1.2 million in major gifts from four generous donors.

You Fund Crowdfunds UW's Most Pressing Needs

You Fund is the University of Wyoming’s online crowdfunding tool, which allows small contributions from a large number of people. It is an innovative way to address fundraising opportunities that do not lend themselves to traditional methods, which most likely wouldn’t otherwise be funded. You Fund is powered by Community Funded. This year, You Fund raised $623,764 in 15 campaigns from 1,843 donors, including the groundbreaking Pokes Make the Difference campaign that created a student emergency fund of $545,448 for students hard-hit by COVID-19. Donations were doubled by matching support provided by the UW Foundation Board of Directors and the UW President’s Office.

Cowboy Call Is the Student Voice of Philanthropy

The UW Foundation’s fundraising eff orts were supported by Cowboy Call. Cowboy Call is a student voice of the UW Foundation, and they play a vital role in connecting—or reconnecting—alumni, parents, donors, and friends to UW. Housed in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, student callers have the ability to connect via telephone, text, email, or even video to ensure our donor’s generosity does not go unnoticed. Each year, thousands of meaningful connections are made as alumni and students reminisce on their time spent at the university.

Steamboat Society Recognizes UW's Most Loyal Supporters

The Steamboat Society (formerly the President’s Society) is the University of Wyoming’s premier annual giving society. It is reserved exclusively for those loyal supporters whose generosity totals $1,000 or more each fiscal year. It can be one gift or a combination of gifts. Perks include discounts at the University Store and more, not to mention the satisfaction that you’re helping students engage in a wide range of extraordinary learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, on and off campus, at home, and across the globe.

Richard Titus

Dick Titus, born and raised in Cheyenne, is a 1963 alum of the College of Engineering and Applied Science Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who worked in the Apollo space program and then in customer support and process improvement for Intergraph Corporation (now Hexagon), a software design company. He is now retired. Dick and his wife Brenda live in Huntsville, Alabama, and they have two daughters and six grandchildren. Richard is an amazing UW supporter—he has given to UW every year for 45 years, supporting scholarships, the Cowboy Joe Club, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Annual giving like Dick’s is the backbone of private support to the University of Wyoming. It provides discretionary dollars over and above the baseline of support provided by the state’s block grant.

Raymond C. Chapman

A UW accounting graduate, Raymond C. Chapman is a retired certified public accountant in Worland. He grew up in Lander and married his high school sweetheart Betty, a nurse. After he graduated, they moved back north to Worland, where they spent their lives and raised three children. The Chapmans have supported UW annual giving for an amazing 42 years, including scholarships, the College of Business, and the Department of Accounting and Finance. As a CPA, Raymond has used his professional expertise to help people minimize their taxes and maximize their charitable giving.

Donna Marburger

In all areas of her life, professor and alum Donna Marburger is dedicated and active. She was a physical education professor, administrator, and coach in the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences. Her research focused on peak experiences in sport, implications of Title IX, and early Wyoming rodeos and cowgirls. However, her main interest was always in teaching and advising students. She’s also a dedicated philanthropist. Her original endowment, which was established to honor her mentors Ruth Campbell and Louise Thouin, supports physical education majors in the College of Health Sciences. That endowment was recently substantially enhanced by her colleague Jayne Jenkins. Her dedication in the form of annual giving has spanned more than 31 years.

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Jack Tennant

Director of Annual Giving
Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
307-766-3904 |

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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