The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation was established in 1964 as an independent non- profit corporation to engage community interest and enhance the quality and scope of EWC programs beyond state support. The Foundation does not wish to supplant state support, but rather works to add the extra measure of quality that defines excellence in community college education. The Foundation raises, receives and manages private gifts to support programs and projects throughout the College and to build a strong foundation for future needs. The Foundation is made up of 14 members from the Eastern Wyoming College service area, and includes the President of the College. Primary areas of focus for the Foundation include:
- Access to and support of educational opportunity through scholarships and support of student materials such as books and classroom materials, and through acquisition of enhanced technology in support of classroom instruction.
- Enhancement of overall educational quality, through procurement of specialized instructional equipment and support of faculty and staff development programs·
- Enhancement of cultural awareness opportunities for both students, faculty and staff and the community at large
- When required, expansion of campus facilities through major campaigns.
EWC Foundation Investment and Endowment
The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation receives and manages private gifts as endowments, trusts, outright gifts, reserves, and cash. The Foundation’s investment activity is conducted by the Finance and Investment Committee of the Board of Directors. The Committee manages and invests gifts within its approved investment and expenditure policies. Investment policies are designed and intended to preserve or increase the value of gifts for long term support of the activities noted above.
Endowed funds are created by donors in conjunction with the Foundation to provide permanent capital and a dependable source of future income for the college and its students and are not managed in reaction to changing economic trends or circumstances or administrative changes within the Foundation or College.
Ways to make an annual contribution
- Cash Gifts of cash or check are the simplest way to make a contribution. Gifts may also be made by credit card by phone through the College’s office of Institutional Development. Checks should be made to the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation.
- A pledge allows you to make a contribution over a period of time, and can allow you to make a significant impact. Pledge reminders are sent to you on a schedule that you determine.
- Gifts of appreciated securities held at least one year are often advantageous to donors. In most cases the gift is valued at the current value of the security, however it will be valued for tax purposes at its original cost basis
- Real Estate and Tangible Property
- Gifts of real estate or tangible property are accepted by the Foundation based on negotiation with the donor. Significant tax advantages may accrue to donors as with gifts of securities.
- In-Kind Donations
- The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation accepts in-kind contributions that can be either used by the college or sold to support college programs. Examples of this type of contribution include artwork, equipment, collectible books or other items that have value. The value of an in-kind gift cannot be established by the Foundation for tax purposes, and must be valued by the donor.
- Matching Gifts
- Many companies and businesses offer their employees the opportunity to match charitable contributions. Gifts from these employees can often be matched on a dollar for dollar basis, however you should contact the Human Resources department of your company to determine if this benefit is offered.
- Eastern Wyoming College has accepted many gifts in memory of family members or friends of donors. This gift creates a permanent legacy in honor or memory of individuals and can be applied either as one time gifts or create permanent endowments for scholarships or other college purposes
This information is not intended to serve as legal advice. Please contact a licensed attorney for clarification of any information contained herein.