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University of Wyoming Foundation Annual Report on Giving


We are intrepid explorers and innovative problem solvers, thoughtful partners and thorough planners, empathetic educators and dedicated thinkers. Together, we will make a difference.

It takes resources to make that difference, and thanks to you, the University of Wyoming has those resources. This year alone, private giving totaled $51.4 million. That’s more than 16,000 of you applying your philanthropic dollars to those areas you are most passionate about at the University of Wyoming. Not only that, but you’ve given consistently—our five-year average fundraising total is nearly $50 million.

The University of Wyoming’s donors in partnership with the UW Foundation have created an endowment worth $751.3 million—approaching a billion dollars! You. You helped make this happen. Working together, our impact is remarkable.

The University of Wyoming and our talented and dedicated students and faculty will thrive because of our combined efforts. Together, we are pioneering the future.












Thank you for all that you do for the University of Wyoming! As the only university in our great state, we have a huge responsibility. We educate and serve the students and citizens of the state and perform innovative research that makes everyone’s lives better. You are a part of that team.

Thanks to you, private giving to the University of Wyoming achieved $51.4 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. More than 16,000 donors gave gifts that will go to support students, faculty, and programs immediately or to establish endowments that will support UW in perpetuity. Moreover, the university endowment as of June 30 stands at $751.3 million—a significant total that puts us far ahead of the schools in the Mountain West Conference.

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Stories of Impact

  • All the Good

    Larry Carrell

    As Larry Carrell recounts the tragic events in his life that have influenced his philanthropy, he lists them in succession, mechanically, with metronomic precision. These are moments of great trauma on the timeline of his life that he’s abbreviated so they can be shared. When he speaks, it doesn’t feel as if there is any other way he could talk about it—not for his sake, but for ours. 

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  • Wyo and the World

    Polly Weber Smith

    The Partnership of Polly Weber Smith and John Koprowski Dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources John L. Koprowski points out that Mongolia has much in common with Wyoming. “Mongolians have a deep connection to their land,” says John. “For generations, their livelihoods and values have been profoundly connected to their environment."

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  • Relationship Business

    Cody and Patsy Ritchie

    When you meet Cody Ritchie for the first time—even if it’s your job to interview him—he begins the conversation by asking about you and finding connections you never knew you had. By the end of the conversation, you feel like you just reconnected with a high school buddy. That’s because he loves people. He’s a self-professed glass-half-full kind of guy.

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  • Outliving Your Name

    Dave and Kelly Dunham

    This would be the last conversation Dave Dunham would have with his father, Lee. Lee had two questions for his son. First, how big would his funeral be? Wearing a blue isolation medical gown, mask, and a face shield, Dave faced his father. At the height of the global pandemic, it was not likely that they could hold services. Lee responded, “I knew you were going to say that.”

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  • All About the Kids

    Charlie and Lynn Van Over

    Charlie and Lynn Van Over of Rock Springs love the Pokes. They’ve not voluntarily missed a game for years. Last year, they only missed one when they were turned back at Sinclair for the men’s CSU basketball game because the roads were closed due to a blizzard. “They wouldn’t even let us go to Saratoga and around,” Charlie says, “so we had to go home.” 

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  • Scholars to Fellows

    Carol and Ramon Tomé

    Carol and Ramon Tomé, through the Tomé Foundation, have given generously to UW since 1995. In 2021, they supported UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources with a gift of $600,000 to create the Tomé Scholars to Fellows Program. “We know that these scholars will make a difference in their field of study and that UW will empower them to do their best,” Ramon says. 

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  • Over a Century

    Rocky Mountain Power

    Some say it started in 1881 when Salt Lake City became the fifth city in the world to have central station electricity. Some say it started when Rocky Mountain Power (formerly Utah Power & Light) was officially founded in 1912. Rocky Mountain Power has been giving back to its communities and supporting our energy future for over a century. . And, for fifty years, it has supported UW.

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  • Teachers' Love Story

    Archie and Lois Kemper Jurich

    Like many legacies, this one begins with the love story— a story of two teachers who changed the lives of so many. Archie Jurich was a business teacher at Jackson-Wilson High School, as well as the basketball and football coach. Lois Kemper was hired to teach girls physical education and to coach cheerleading. They were both handsome, smart, athletic, fun, and talented. They fell in love.

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  • $2.4 million!

    UW Giving Day

    The seventh annual UW Giving Day was a recordbreaking event. Spearheaded by UW Foundation Annual Giving, it was held during Homecoming this year. UW Giving Day 2021 raised a total of $2,421,333 from 3,629 donors across the U.S. and the world in 108 campaigns that benefit programs across campus. This breaks the record of over $1.6 million from 1,110 donors. 

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Financial Report

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

We are grateful for your generosity. You have established unprecedented numbers of endowments and made us the envy of many other universities. Together, we are ensuring the future of our state and university.














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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Gift Planning

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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Built on trust and transparency, stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care, and at the university and UW Foundation, we are stewarding your private giving to the best of our ability.

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2022 Annual Report on Giving
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