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Foundation Giving

Foundation Giving provides crucial support to all areas of campus. Foundations have made such a lasting impact on Wyoming’s students and the colleges, programs, and facilities that support them. Gifts campus-wide have built buildings, created new programs, and underwritten research that changes the world as we know it.

Foundations Make Long-Term Investments in UW

Some of the biggest impacts across the University of Wyoming campus have come from the support of foundations. Foundations give because it is part of their core mission. Within closely defined parameters, foundations seek to make the world a better place. Foundations seek a return on investment—that is, measurable outcomes that confirm they’ve made smart philanthropic decisions. The UW Foundation strives in every way to honor this contract, and it shows. Student by student, foundation-supported scholarships have built a wealth of human capital.

Alumbra Innovations Foundation

A major limitation of the traditional academic model is that cutting-edge research and data are seldom integrated into on-the-ground conservation decisions. Alumbra Innovations Foundation is helping to change that. Founded by Christy Walton in 2018, the foundation supports innovative businesses and environmental stewardship that will prompt environmental, social, and economic change. Their gift to UW creates the Alumbra Innovations Foundation Data to Decisions Engagement Fund, which supports the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Data to Decisions framework in conservation economics.

Windy Ridge Foundation

A gift from the Windy Ridge Foundation supports the Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp. This camp is a free weeklong on-campus program for astronomy, engineering, and science for middle school students. The camp educates the next generation of scientists and engineers while introducing the K–12 community to science programs offered through UW. The gift also supports the Professor Harry C. Vaughan Professorship in Astronomy, which recruits and retains top astronomy faculty at UW. Previous major gifts supported the renovation and enhancement of the Harry C. Vaughan UW Planetarium and were doubled by state matching.

Kemmerer Family Foundation

Businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Jay Kemmerer and his father John, founder of Kemmerer Coal Company, established the Kemmerer Family Foundation in 2000. The Kemmerer family has supported eight UW undergraduate scholarships for nearly two decades and more recently a graduate fellowship at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The foundation’s latest gift to the Haub School supports its President’s Endowed Scholarships for students pursuing a bachelor’s in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. President’s Endowed Scholarships represent the university’s commitment to support the best and brightest students from Wyoming.

Contact For More Information

Katrina McGee

Katrina McGee

Director of Foundation Development
Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
307-766-4266 |

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