Trends 2017: Wyoming

Grantmaking to Wyoming rose 30% between 2012 and 2014. The environment (22%), education (21%), and health (12%) were top priorities for funders to Wyoming and combined, constituted over half of all giving to the state.

Compared to overall giving to the Northwest, Wyoming grantees benefited from a notably larger share of funding for arts and culture (11% to Wyoming vs. 4% to the Northwest) and for philanthropy and nonprofit management (10% vs. 2%). More than 80% of the philanthropy and nonprofit management grants to Wyoming, totaling $44.5 million, were to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for general support. In turn, the community foundation’s 2014 grants included $254,818 to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation in support of its wildlife research and protection efforts, youth engagement programs and trail restoration projects.

Top 10 Grantmakers to Wyoming*

  1. Community Foundation of Jackson Hole (WY)
  2. The McMurry Foundation (WY)
  3. The LOR Foundation (WY)
  4. ZZYZX Foundation (CA)
  5. Walton Family Foundation (AR)
  6. The John P. Ellbogen Foundation (WY)
  7. Joe & Arlene Watt Foundation Inc. (WY)
  8. The Robert S. & Grayce B. Kerr Foundation (WY)
  9. The Kemmerer Family Foundation (NJ)
  10. Silicon Valley Community Foundation (CA)

*Based on grants data reported to Foundation Center by January 2017


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