Wyoming Community Foundation

aka WYCF   |   Laramie, WY   |  www.wycf.org

Mission

Connecting people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming.

Notes from the nonprofit

Staff is always available to answer any questions via email, phone, or on our Facebook. We value Wyoming!

Ruling year info

1989

President/ CEO

Mr. Craig R. Showalter

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Samin Dadelahi

Main address

1472 North 5th Street Suite 201

Laramie, WY 82072 USA

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Formerly known as

Wyoming Centennial Foundation

EIN

83-0287513

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wyoming communities do not yet have the resources to thrive in good times and in bad times.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA)

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA), a priority fund of WYCF, was created in 2007 to support and promote quality, education-based out of school time (OST) programs that positively impact Wyoming’s youth and families. WYAA is a linchpin, connecting afterschool providers to the necessary resources, technical assistance and training opportunities. WYAA is part of the National Network of Statewide Afterschool networks.

Contact:
http://wyafterschoolalliance.org/
Twitter: @WyomingOST
Facebook: @WyomingOST

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF) is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. WYWF invests in economic self-sufficiency for women and the future of girls. WYWF makes grants and spearheads initiatives that benefit women and girls as well as our communities overall. Through education, research and grantmaking, WYWF raises awareness of the barriers to self-sufficiency for women and families, and focuses on solution-based outcomes to help women and girls attain financial independence and help communities thrive.

Information and social media listed below:
www.wycf.org
Twitter: @WYwomen
Instagram: Wyowomen
Facebook: @WYWomensFoundation

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation(WWF), a priority fund of WYCF, is dedicated to sustaining Wyoming’s wildlife. Since 2000 WWF has developed trusted partnerships that create opportunities to contribute and bring projects to life. The WWF has specific funding priorities that help its mission to conserve Wyoming’s wildlife. These include: research, education and/or restorative projects that benefit threatened non-game species in decline, conservation and education projects intended to inspire and encourage youth to consider careers in the great outdoors, and preserving access to land.

Contact WWF with the links below:
wyomingwildlifefoundation.org
Facebook: @wyomingwildflifefoundation

Population(s) Served
Adults

WY Kids Count is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. KIDS COUNT programs nationally are designed to track the well-being of children in the United States and locally by providing high quality data and trend analysis. WY KIDS COUNT data is collected by Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. Other data reports featured on the WYCF website have been compiled by a variety of trusted Wyoming organizations. KIDS COUNT strives to raise the visibility of children’s issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics from the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2008

Council on Foundations National Standards 2012

Council on Foundations National Standards 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Best Place to Work 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of personal development plans in place

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Wyoming Women's Foundation (WYWF)

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fundraising plan for WYCF, WYAA, WYWF and WWF.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarships are growing exponentially! Scholarship funds are restricted to benefit certain geographic areas, institutions, as well areas of study. Each scholarship is unique to the donors intent.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of overall donors in one calendar year to all funds at the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our grants awarded consist of scholarships, donor advised funds, designated agency funds, geographical, and field of interest funds. We are most recognized for our competitive grant cycles.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our scholarship awards have increased annually as our scholarship awards have increased.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt, Rock Springs Board Reception, Evanston Wine and Cheese Event

Number of print, radio, or online ads developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Starting in 2020, this metric only includes paid advertising by WYCF and priority funds.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Contributions can be located in our annual report.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of new donors to any fund at the Wyoming Community Foundation in one calendar year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) Increase philanthropy's impact in Wyoming. 2) Improve the balance between immediate need & addressing long term challenges. 3) Improve the impact & professionalism of the not-for-profit sector.

1) Grow the culture of philanthropy in the state. 2) Help to generate broad funding NP across the state. 3) Grant resources to not-for-profit organizations. 4) Contribute to the professionalism of not-for-profits in WY

1) By developing relationships across the philanthropic community. 2) By inspiring people to give. 3) By providing grants. 4) By providing resources, data & information. 5) By developing relationships across & within the Wyoming not-for-profit community.

By Developing relationships across the philanthropic world:
Facilitating partnerships, fiscal sponsorship, state & national foundation partnerships, convener role, bi-annual nonprofit conference, WYAA conference, & summits, local boards/ grantees, staff & board.

By inspiring people to give:
Annual appeal, meetings with donors, spring appeal, Events: antelope hunt, turkey shoot, local board event, WYCF board receptions

By providing grants:
General operating grants, 2 grant cycles, administration role in grants management, technical assistance, DAF grants/ relationships building, partnerships/collaborations, feedback to declined grantees

By providing resources data & information:
Annie E. Casey Grantee, Self-sufficiency wage gap, bi-annual nonprofit conference, technical support, media releases/ data book, communications materials

By developing relationships across & within Wyoming non-for-profit community:
Engaging our local boards, value added hub, bi-annual nonprofit conference, WYCF/WWF/WYAA/WYAA statewide meetings, educating DAF holders

WYCF Grantmaking since inception: $94,197,990

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Wyoming Community Foundation's mission is to connect people, statewide, who care about their communities with causes that best serve those communities. WYCF serves nonprofits throughout Wyoming through grantmaking, technical support and other resources, networking, and a biannual conference. We serve donors by offering a range of options for giving that best match those donors' interests and capacity. Finally, we serve communities more broadly by ensuring that both grantmaking and development are focused on long-term community-building.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One recent survey result revealed the areas of philanthropy our donors were most interested in. These results led us to share more information and grantee stories surrounding those areas of interest, helping us ensure we are introducing fund holders to organizations that align with their giving wishes. A more recent survey solicited Agency Endowment Fundholders for thoughts on value-added tools, resources & support, resulting in the construction of a toolkit. We recently set up a survey for our grant applicants for feedback on our application process, and will use information gathered to reduce burden and improve user experience.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback has allowed our organization to step outside of the silo that staff can sometimes find themselves in. It has demonstrated how we value stakeholders' opinions and reminds us of the priorities and needs of the community members impacted and engaged in our work. This broadening of our perspective ensures that Wyoming communities remain firmly situated as the driving force of our work, and maintains our commitment of service to those communities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Just starting to collect feedback, but meaningful follow-through on responses may be a challenge,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Wyoming Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Joni Kumor


Board co-chair

Mr. Judge Steven Cranfill

Pat McGuire

Retired- CPA

Joni Kumor

CPA

W. Beavers

JD/ MBA

Richard Fagnant

CPA

Erin Taylor

Public Affairs & Lobbying

Irene Archibald

Real Estate Retired Finance Manager

Jason Campbell

Fed Ex Pilot, Retired- Air Force

Mary Beth Riemondy

Retired- Financial Services

Bob McLaurin

Former- Jackson Town Manager

Kristin Wilkerson

Financial Services

Kent Richins

Ex-Officio

John Freeman

President Emeritus

Lollie Plank

Emeritus

Susan Samuleson

Vice President Warren Ranch

Roger McMannis

Owner H.I.S. Construction Inc.

Arne Jorgenson

Emeritus

Len Carlman

Attorney

Susie von Ahrens

Artist

Connie Brezik

CPA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Iranian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/18/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.