Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

OVERVIEW: CFJH has three grantmaking avenues: a competitive program, a microgrant program, and a youth philanthropy program for high school students. Areas of interest are arts, civic involvement, education, environment, health and human services, and recreation.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, civic involvement, education, environment, health and human services, recreation

IP TAKE: Teton County groups have an excellent chance with this funder. In a recent cycle, CFJH received 38 applications and funded 30. The average award was $7,482.

PROFILE: Based in Jackson, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole (CFJH) is one of the largest grantmakers in Wyoming. This foundation was established in 1989 to work with both donors and local nonprofits. It serves over 200 nonprofits in the area, and administers around 240 funds.

Areas of funding are arts, civic involvement, education, environment, health and human services, and recreation. Although most the foundation's funding stays in Teton County, some fund holders give outside of the community, as well.

There are three grant programs at CFJH. Microgrants of $1,000 or less are awarded for urgent and unexpected needs of nonprofits. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The youth philanthropy program engages local high school students with hands-on philanthropy lessons, allowing teens to review grant proposals and meet with applicants. These applications are typically due in early January and are for $500 to $4,000 each.

The foundation awards competitive grants in amounts over $1,000, with deadlines in April and October. The funder typically gives over $500,000 per year to Jackson-area groups, and the funds must be used in Teton County. Past grantees, FAQ, and guidelines are posted on the funder’s competitive grant program page.

In a recent year, the foundation gave around $17 million to local groups, and it has given out over $238 million since inception. It has reported over $52 million in total assets. Current financial data can be viewed here.

In addition to grants, this funder also awards scholarships and the Luke Stalker Global Fellowship. An annual CFJH event is Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities, which raised at least $12.1 million in a recent year. Another event is the Thursday Roundtable, which brings together donors with common goals to recommend grants. Other events and workshops are posted on the foundation website, as well.

There are around eight full-time staff members at CFJH. General questions can be directed to the staff at info@cfjacksonhole.org, via online form, or 307-739-1026.

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