University of Wyoming Foundation Annual Report on Giving

University of Wyoming Foundation Annual Report on Giving

University of Wyoming Foundation
Annual Report on Giving
With Gratitude


What matters most to the University of Wyoming is its students. Thank you for all you do to help them earn their degrees, an important accomplishment on the way to a successful life. And thank you for supporting the invaluable faculty who guide these students.

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, private giving to the University of Wyoming topped $60.7 million, the second largest fundraising year in UW’s history. More than 23,000 donors stepped up to champion UW, with many donors establishing endowments that support UW and its students in perpetuity. The annual donor fundraising average over the past five years is $50 million, and the overall UW endowment now totals $789.5 million—putting UW at the top of Mountain West Conference schools and on par with much-larger universities.

Your exceptional generosity played a pivotal role in this year’s success. Many donors participated in a unique matching program that was created and funded by the UW Foundation Board of Directors, resulting in the establishment of 24 endowed student funds and four named faculty positions—including the university’s third named deanship and the second named department head.

Additionally, the UW Athletics Difference Makers Campaign to renovate the west side of War Memorial Stadium and to build a new pool contributed to the overall giving total, as many devoted Cowboys and Cowgirls fans supported this exciting facility project.

Moreover, this was an outstanding year due to donor support for the Legacy Match program and Giving Day coupled with increased corporate engagement and UW’s unwavering commitment to student success and faculty excellence.

The UW Foundation Board also said goodbye to four amazing individuals who have served with distinction on the foundation board for many decades: Greg Dyekman, Frank Mendicino, Pat Rile, and Roy Whitney. Their devotion to UW is an inspiration, and all have been generous supporters of areas across campus. It’s hard to imagine where UW and the UW Foundation would be without the incredible contributions of these four people. We can’t overstate our gratitude for their role in advancing UW and giving so generously to Wyoming’s university.

The UW Foundation remains dedicated to elevating UW to new heights while diligently managing the university’s private assets. Our success is because of your generosity, and on behalf of the entire university community, we extend our heartfelt thanks. Your investment in the students, faculty, staff, and programs at the University of Wyoming is invaluable.

If you would like to see the impact of your support, visit our website at If you have questions or comments, contact us at (307) 766-6300 or email to

We are so grateful to you. Go Pokes!

Mary Shafer-Malicki
Board Chair
John Stark


What Matters Most

by the numbersWe are all striving to support what matters most in our lives—whether that is those we love or the things we care about. UW students are striving toward their degrees, which is the gateway to future success.

What matters most to us at the University of Wyoming is supporting those students on their journey, and we would like to thank you for joining us on this mission. It is donors like you who help UW go from good to great!

Your enthusiastic support shows in so many ways—in the number of students who gradate debt-free, the innovative research faculty and graduate students are able to perform, and the ability of UW both to honor our long-held traditions and to adapt to changing times.

This year, private giving totaled $60.7 million from more than 23,000 donors like you, with a five-year annual fundraising average of $50 million. UW’s endowment now stands at $789.5 million—almost a billion dollars! That’s all due to you supporting what matters most. Thank you!




Stories of Impact




Financial Report

Donors are an integral part of what makes the University of Wyoming great. Motivated students, dedicated faculty, and exceptional programs—you support what matters most.





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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“Our success is because of your generosity, and on behalf of the entire university community, we extend our heartfelt thanks.”



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Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
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Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-6300
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