New Year's Edition

Hello Friends of the Community Foundation, 

It’s 2022 in Teton County 22. It feels auspicious. I like opening the door into a New Year, even as some of the past follows us through. We are smarter and more informed now – about our community’s growth, about the virus, about navigating our lives with flexibility and kindness. I am proud of how our community and nonprofit partners have not only persevered but continue to create support networks for increased needs. It is a pleasure to offer some good news through our newsletter.

The Community Foundation finished the year on a positive note, with the Grants Committee awarding $725,000 to 50 nonprofit partners. Grants will fund a diverse array of projects and programs that make our community strong.

At a more detailed level, the Foundation is retiring our Opportunity Fund that was developed several years ago to support capacity building and strategic projects. As a finale for the Fund, two initiatives received opportunity grants at the end of 2021. The first project involves a collaborative team called Teton Climate Action Planning that will work with Teton County and Wyoming partners to create a Climate Dashboard to collect and reflect data on our community’s climate action and resilience. Funding was also awarded to Astoria Park Conservancy so they can complete phase two of the park including planning and additional construction of the 100-acre riverfront park over the next two years.

At the end of last year, the Community Foundation also committed funds to filling gaps identified in the Behavioral Health Assessment. This support through the Community Emergency Response Fund will 1) add new voices to the behavioral health steering committee to assure it represents our whole community; 2) determine roles and responsibilities for a dedicated staff person to liaise and administer the county’s behavioral health efforts; 3) provide facilitation of team meetings; and, 4) amplify outreach and communication to our community.

At the Foundation, Board changes are happening. With regret, we are saying goodbye to three hard-working Board members, and we welcome three new Board members. I remind myself that change is good and energizing.

Stay healthy and involved,

Laurie Andrews
Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
News from the Foundation

Community Foundation awards $725,000 in Competitive Grants 

Our Competitive Grants program supported 50 nonprofit organizations with a total of $725,000 during the latest granting cycle. These grants extend across fields of interest including Animals, Arts & Culture, Civic, Conservation & Environment, Education, Health & Human Services, and Sports & Recreation. Funding for the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants Program is provided by Old Bill’s Fun Run Co-Challengers, individual donors and endowed funds held at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
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Meet our new Board Members

We're pleased to welcome three new board members, Greg Gricus, Deirdre Griffith, and Daniela Peterson, who will help support the Foundation’s mission, “to improve lives through philanthropic leadership.”  

“We’re excited for the broad range of experience and unique skills that Greg, Deirdre, and Daniela bring to the board,” said Stacey Morse, Community Foundation Board Chair.  

At its December meeting, the board also elected officers for 2022. Stacey Morse will remain as Chair. Jane Hopkins Carey will serve as Vice Chair, Betty Andrikopoulos as Treasurer, and Don Opatrny as Secretary. Outgoing members Scott Gibson, Bill Hoglund, and Bob Kopp were acknowledged for completing three, three-year terms on the Foundation Board.
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Old Bill's 2021 Impact Report

Last year brought yet another unprecedented Old Bill's Giving Season, resulting in record-breaking fundraising totals thanks to your support and the participation and enthusiasm of our nonprofit partners. We are immensely grateful. 

View the report

We're growing!

We're hiring a Finance Officer, which is a full-time, exempt staff position whose primary responsibility is to assist with the Foundation’s accounting and reporting activities, including recording monthly investment returns, reviewing monthly bank reconciliations, and verifying event gift entry for completeness and accuracy. Please consider sharing this opportunity with those in your network who you think might be interested in the role.  
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