Spirit of Philanthropy Award Nomination

Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2024

The Spirit of Philanthropy Award was established in 2001 by the Wyoming Community Foundation’s Board of Directors to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Wyoming and to honor an individual or family who has demonstrated outstanding philanthropic leadership. The nominee will have made an extraordinary personal commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of life for Wyoming citizens.

AWARD: The Spirit of Philanthropy award is made biennially, during the Wyoming Nonprofit Conference, a gathering of nonprofit leaders. The award recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and will choose a charitable 501(c)(3) organization within Wyoming to receive a cash award. This year, the award amount is $5,000 and will be approved by the WYCF’s Board.

CRITERIA: While “philanthropic spirit” is generally characterized by kindness to one’s fellow human beings, the award committee specifically seeks individuals or families who have created or promoted benevolent projects or ideas. That is, nominees who have been extraordinarily generous of their wealth, as well as their wisdom, and work.

In addition:

  • All nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.
  • The philanthropic activities for which an individual or family is being nominated must directly benefit citizens of Wyoming.
  • Nominees may not receive salaries or stipends for the activities for which they are being nominated.
  • No past winners, and no current member of the WYCF Board, affiliate boards, or staff may be nominated.

Past Winners:

2022 – Mary Garland, Laramie

2018 – Susan Samuelson, Cheyenne

2016 – Dave Kathka, Rock Springs

2014 – Lollie Benz Plank, Banner

2012 – Bayard (Bart) Rea, Casper

2010 – Carol R. McKinley, Evanston

2008 – Peter Storer, Saratoga*

2006 – W. Neil McMurry, Casper *

2004 – John P. Jorgensen, Casper

2002 – Joseph H. (Joe) Watt, Sheridan*


Submission Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Return this application to:

    • Wyoming Community Foundation Attn: Vickery Fales Hall, vickery@wycf.org or
    • 259 S. Center Street, Suite 317, Casper, WY 82601

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

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                 Laramie, WY 82072
Email: wcf@wycf.org
Phone: 307-721-8300

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