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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 to become one of the nation’s finest public land-grant research universities.

Annual Giving Has Its Best Year Ever

Donors to Annual Giving had a record-breaking year, raising over $7 million for the first time—funds that go directly to students and the faculty and programs that support them. Annual Giving is the only fundraising program of the university that reaches all alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends each year to offer giving opportunities for direct support of UW’s colleges, departments, and programs. Although the State of Wyoming provides the base of funding UW needs to operate a modern university, it takes the support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends for UW’s colleges, departments, and programs to propel the university from good to great. Because of annual gifts, discretionary funds are available when there is an unexpected need or a sudden opportunity. Contributors may designate their gifts to any area, college, department, or program within the university.

You Fund Connects People to the Programs They Love

You Fund is the University of Wyoming’s online crowdfunding tool that allows individuals and organizations to create and share fundraising campaigns with an engaged community. Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people, usually via the Internet. It is an innovative way to address opportunities that exist around campus that do not lend themselves to traditional fundraising methods—opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be funded. You Fund was created by the UW Foundation and is powered by Community Funded, a crowdfunding company that focuses on higher education, health care, and other nonprofit fundraising organizations. This year, You Fund raised $78,144 in 13 campaigns from 762 donors.

Fourth Annual Giving Day Raises a Record $1.1 Million

Giving Day is an annual tradition that takes place from midnight to midnight the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This day is part of the Giving Tuesday tradition, which connects individuals, communities, and organizations around the world in one common purpose—to celebrate and encourage giving. Giving Tuesday 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. It follows the traditional shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year, UW Giving Day was held Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and surpassed all expectations, raising a total of $1,119,348 in gifts and pledges from 1,031 donors from 37 states and the District of Columbia. They gave gifts ranging in size from $1 to thousands of dollars. The fundraising effort was supported by people across campus, across the state, and across the nation, and the UW Foundation’s Cowboy Callers called people throughout the day. Cowboy Call is a student voice of UW, and they play a vital role in connecting—or reconnecting—alumni, parents, donors, and friends to UW.

Carl and Donna Lindberg

Every year, Carl Lindberg and his wife Donna anticipate the ring from Cowboy Call— enthusiastic UW students who reach out to alumni, donors, and friends to catch them up on what’s going on at UW. Carl and Donna are engineering and health sciences alums who give every year through Cowboy Call to support their home colleges, as well as Alumni Association scholarships and Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics.

Mark and Signy Northam

Mark Northam is not only the founding director of the UW School of Energy Resources, he is also a donor. He and his wife Signy, formerly special sessions coordinator for UW International Programs, gave to support the SER, Environment and Natural Resources, and the Wyoming Spirit Program both on UW Giving Day and regularly throughout the year.

Christine Bessert

Young alum and CPA Christy Bessert graduated from UW in 2016 with her master’s in accounting, and she’s been giving $20.16 a month since graduation in support of the College of Business. Christy also earned her undergraduate degrees here—a dual major in agricultural business and accounting out of the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Business.

Contact For More Information


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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