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University of Wyoming Foundation Annual Report to Donors

You—the University of Wyoming's enthusiastic donors and friends—are the hero of this story.

We would like to thank you for all you do for UW’s students and the faculty and staff who serve them. You move the University of Wyoming forward toward distinction and make it possible for us to do what we do, and you are the reason students are able to go on to successful careers and fulfilling lives, helping them to move forward.

Private giving to the University of Wyoming during fiscal year 2019 totaled $41.8 million, and there are now 1,533 endowments that directly support UW’s teaching, service, research, and outreach. This sets UW’s five-year fundraising average at $50.8 million.

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President Ben Blalock and Chair Greg Hill

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Profiles

Peter Johnson

Student Success Is Central

Peter Johnson and Paula Green Johnson

"The Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Student Success Center will help the University of Wyoming College of Business students both succeed in college and be prepared for and achieve professional business employment upon graduation,” say donors Peter Johnson and Paula Green Johnson.

Their gift of $1.5 million will establish this new UW College of Business program that supports students throughout their college experience and helps launch their successful careers. The center will be an essential element of the College of Business student experience, with students interacting with the center from the time they consider attending UW throughout their academic experience to interviewing for jobs and graduation.

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Husband Honors Wife with Gift to Libraries

Pat Spieles and Carol McMurry

UW alum Pat Spieles is honoring the memory of his wife Carol McMurry, also an alum, with a gift of $2.5 million to the UW Libraries. The gift will establish the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic Excellence, a fitting tribute to this extraordinary librarian. Pat and Carol planned the gift together, but Carol tragically passed away as the gift was being completed.

“Most people really don’t think about it in those terms, but whether you are an athlete or an art major, the library is a hub of learning, research, and student life,” Carol had said. “Choosing to donate to the library was easy—it benefits every UW college and every UW student.”

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Carol McMurry

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Dr. Mohammad Piri and Hess President Greg Hill

Public-Private Partnership Continues to Transform Oil and Gas Research

Hess Corporation

A $1.2 million gift from Hess Corporation supports the work of the Hess Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media and Dr. Mohammad Piri. This amazing gift is just the latest from Hess—their giving total is more than $26 million.

“Our continued investment in UW’s groundbreaking research is truly a win-win, benefiting Hess and the energy industry while also ensuring that the U.S. is well positioned as a leader in meeting the world’s growing energy needs,” says Greg Hill, Hess Corporation president and chief operating officer. “Understanding the fundamental chemical and physical processes at work in unconventional reservoirs will be key to unlocking billions of barrels of potential resource.”

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Gift to the Alan K. Simpson Center for Legal Service Provides Experiential Education

The McMurry Foundation

A gift from the McMurry Foundation supports the new Alan K. Simpson Center for Legal Service, which will give a permanent home to the vital legal clinics at the University of Wyoming. The gift will be used to construct an addition to house the clinics and to support this clinical and experiential learning program at the UW College of Law.

“It is an alignment of the stars to be able to honor Al Simpson’s life of public service with the McMurry Foundation’s commitment to the state of Wyoming and the university in this meaningful way,” says Klint Alexander, dean of the College of Law.

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Dr. Thomas Weber

Systems Engineer Supports the Rodeo Team

Dr. Thomas Weber

For engineer Dr. Tom Weber, Wyoming and rodeo are symbolic of people at their very best. “These people have the stuff that counts the most,” says Dr. Weber.

“These are people who raise crops and cows and feed the nation, and they love it. It’s tough to create wealth here in Wyoming doing this, and it takes people of exceptional character and perseverance to devote their lives, against very long odds, for this noble purpose. Surprisingly enough, rodeo is a surrogate for life—perfect for honing their characters for the long-term challenges they’ll be facing with life on the farms and ranches.”

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Financial Dashboard

One of the primary missions of the University of Wyoming Foundation is to exercise superior stewardship of the gifts entrusted to the university.

Thanks to you, the University of Wyoming has the largest endowment in the Mountain West Conference, surpassing our peers and approaching the endowment size of much larger institutions. Last December, we passed the half billion mark, and the endowment now stands at $535.5 million at the end of the fiscal year.

The assets managed by the foundation have grown significantly over the years allowing donors to support an expanding number of students, faculty, facilities, and academic programs—even at times when other universities have had to cut back.

Over the years, alumni and friends—as well as Wyoming’s governor and state legislature—have helped move the University of Wyoming forward with their steadfast support. Donors have established unprecedented numbers of endowments, and year-in and year-out the state’s leadership puts Wyoming’s university first.

 

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Stories of Giving

Students

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.

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Students

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.

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Students

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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Students

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

People who give to the University of Wyoming are a select breed. You may recognize them by the brown and gold stickers on their cars or by the look of pride on their faces when you mention Wyoming. They also may be zealous supporters of the Pokes. They are practical and idealistic at the same time. They believe in education and investing in the future.

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