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University of Wyoming Foundation Annual Report on Giving

We are grateful for you, the University of Wyoming's loyal and enthusiastic donors and friends.

We are living in extraordinary times. It seems that the “new norm” is becoming the norm. Funny how small additions to life these days—in some cases things we have done for years—can bring moments of joy. You are part of that joy.

The UW Foundation adapts each and every day. Operating in this new normal requires an unwavering commitment to fl exibility and the keen awareness that we, as an organization, are willing and able to adapt to the challenges we see today and the new ones tomorrow. The importance of our work is rock solid—we work tirelessly to lift up the University of Wyoming with the power of philanthropy.

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Stories of Impact

  • Keeping the Spirit Alive

    Buddy Ebsen

    "Remember, that of all the elements that comprise a human being, the most important, the most essential, the one that will sustain, transcend, overcome, and vanquish obstacles is spirit.” These are the words of Buddy Ebsen, the American actor whose career spanned seven decades.

    One of the most widely recognized actors in classic American television, Buddy Ebsen is known for his roles as Jed Clampett in the long-running CBS comedy The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones in the detective drama of the same name.

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  • No Place Like Home

    Tut and Diane Ellis

    F.E. “Tut” and V. Diane Ellis traveled the world but in their hearts they were forever Wyoming Cowboys.

    Both born in Wyoming—Tut in Thermopolis, Diane in Worland—the couple attended the state’s university. They were married prior to graduating. Tut grew to become one of the most distinguished engineers to have graduated from UW. In 1955, Tut earned his general engineering degree with petroleum option while Diane studied education.

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  • A Son's Legacy

    Bobby Model

    When viewing Bobby Model’s photography portfolio, his spirit of adventure is evident. His work is nothing short of gripping—images of vast landscapes at dusk, climbers scaling seemingly impossible boulders, intimate portraits illustrating culture, labor, and joy. He was a storyteller, highly skilled in capturing whole narratives within a single shot.

    “As a climber, you find yourself in so many beautiful locations,” Bobby Model said, “often early in the morning and late in the evening when the light is perfect. It’s an ideal perspective.”

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  • Growing Leaders


    Ever since Seth Ward at Fort Laramie “accidentally” left his cattle to overwinter along Chugwater Creek in 1852, Wyoming has been a leader in ranching and agriculture. With the help of Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica), the University of Wyoming is growing this legacy into the future.

    The new University of Wyoming Ranch Management and Agriculture Leadership Center in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is being established with a generous $1.5 million gift from FCSAmerica, which is doubled to $3 million by the State of Wyoming matching funds program.

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  • Her Last Wishes

    Mary Carole Sandorf Baker

    Mary Carole Sandorf Baker had cancer and knew that she was dying. She also knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish with her estate.

    Carole had initially set up her trust in 2002, but in the months leading up to her death in 2018, amid cancer treatments, she made sure to bequeath her formidable estate to those things she cared about most—medical research, Make a Wish Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, Guide Dogs for the Blind, animal shelters and horse sanctuaries, maintenance of her local riding trails, her local public library, and the University of Wyoming.

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  • Do Your Best

    Hurshel and Norene Baxter

    "Work hard and do your best” was a lesson Hurshel Baxter taught his daughters and his students. It was something he and his wife Norene, who were devoted educators, practiced throughout their lives.

    Through trusts established in their wills, the Baxters provided income for their two daughters, Karen and Kathy, for the rest of their daughters’ lives. At their daughters’ deaths, the trusts will be dissolved and funds divided equally between the University of Wyoming and another university.

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  • Daniels Fund Supports Trustees Education Initiative

    Daniels Fund

    A $1 million gift from the Daniels Fund, the final piece of a multiyear $5 million pledge, supports the mission of the UW Trustees Education Initiative, which is to elevate the College of Education to national preeminent status in professional educator preparation and to reform, improve, and enhance P–12 education in Wyoming. The Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels. Its goal is to make life better for people of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah through scholarships, grants, and ethics initiatives.

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  • Gift from Former UW Trustee Helps Save Forests

    Jim and Christy Neiman

    A private gift of $500,000 from former UW Trustee Jim Neiman and his wife Christy of Neiman Enterprises, Inc. has created the Neiman Family Forest Resources Professorship. The gift was doubled by the state matching fund, creating a $1 million endowment. The University of Wyoming Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will build an educational and research focus in forest resources in combination with rangeland ecology and management. The emphasis of the program will be on the science and stewardship of forested systems that provide valuable ecosystem services, including commodities.

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  • UW Leads in Blockchain Tech with Gift from IOHK


    Wyoming-based world-leading software engineering company IOHK made a $500,000 investment to support the establishment of a blockchain research lab and to support UW’s faculty and graduate students. Blockchain technology is revolutionizing industries such as banking, law, identity, chain of custody, and more.

    The gift, in the company’s ada cryptocurrency, is among the largest cryptocurrency gifts to a public university, and UW is one of the first universities to accept cryptocurrency donations. It was doubled to $1 million by state matching, in dollars, with UW providing additional supporting funds.

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Pokes Make the Difference

Stronger Together | A UW Tradition

Adrian Seiloff

Outside of Adrian Seiloff’s home is an idyllic scene of fresh cut grass and blue sky. In early June, Laramie’s landscape has shifted from the neutral tones of colder weather to a vivid spring. Typically, these are some of the best days in Laramie. With finals behind them, students would normally be turning their focus to their hard-earned summer breaks. However, there are some visual cues that nothing about this semester has been ordinary.

Lining the sidewalks are signs that read “Better Days Are Ahead, Pokes.” Adrian’s block is eerily vacant despite the warm weather. What would be a perfect afternoon for graduation parties is instead a noiseless suburb. In the street are two children riding bikes. Like Adrian, both are wearing masks.

Adrian was born with a primary immunodeficiency disorder. He is required to self-isolate, with severe restrictions. Until a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus becomes available, his days will be spent primarily inside of his home.

A UW psychology major, Adrian is one of the university’s best and brightest. He maintains a high GPA and is involved in Student Success Services.

When the pandemic hit, Adrian’s life came to a halt. Suddenly, his financial security was gone. There was little he could do since he was required to lock down in his home. Like many students, he needed help. “I still cannot express the anxiety my household has lived in,” says Adrian.

“I was not certain how we were going to pay for food, the bills, or our rent.”

Navigating the pandemic is not unlike surviving a natural disaster. The unpredictability of the global health crisis creates a profound uncertainty. The question of whether or not it is possible to continue their education weighed heavily on students. They began asking themselves, “Can I still do this?”

A Wyoming native, Adrian was drawn to UW because community is important to him. Now, as a Poke, he is learning about the tradition of support within his UW family first hand.

“One of the greatest lessons I have learned is to not be afraid to ask for help,” says Adrian. “Because of Pokes Make the Difference, higher education is still attainable.”

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Financial Dashboard

We are so grateful for the generosity of enthusiastic donors and friends.

You have provided that extra margin of excellence for the University of Wyoming. Donors like you have established unprecedented numbers of endowments and made us the envy of many other universities. In equal measure, Wyoming’s leadership have been staunch supporters of Wyoming’s only four-year land grant research institution. 



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Ways to Give


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.

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Planned Giving

Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for the University of Wyoming and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate planning, and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may actually increase the size of your estate, reduce the tax burden on your heirs, or receive an immediate tax deduction, life income, continued use of gift property, or elimination of capital gains tax. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful contribution to UW.

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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.

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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.

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Major Giving

UW Foundation directors of development work 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.

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