Areas of Support

** Please note: The Ellbogen Foundation does NOT fund capital construction requests. 

12 -24 Club

A safe place for people in recovery... and their family.


Arc of Natrona County

To secure for all people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose
and realize the goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play.


Association of Small Foundations

A membership organization of foundations with few or no staff.  Provides members with peer learning opportunities, targeted resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

To encourage the development of positive, supportive relationships in the lives of children and youth, through professionally supported one-to-one relationships between caring adults and children.

Blue Envelope Fund, Casper

Promoting wellness through education, prevention and early detection, with focus on cancer, heart disease and mental health.


Book and a Bite, Casper

Once per month, Book & a Bite brings together a diverse group of individuals to help facilitate a culture of caring among neighbors about the food, health, education and economic needs of the community.

CASA, Laramie County

Court Appointed Special Advocates.  To provide a court appointed voice for abused and neglected children thereby advocating a safe and permanent environment for children to grow and develop into stable adults.


Casper College

Support for single parents, married students with children, and non-traditional female students for the purchase of books and/or daycare.


Cathedral Home for Children

"To perpetuate a legacy of love to youth ages 10 to 18. To break the cycle of violence, despair and poverty through existing outreach, scholarship, independent living and education programs." Career Education Program. Transition and Aftercare Program: To help ensure that the youth have all the necessary skills to be successful once completing their treatment and to provide continuing support once the children leave the Cathedral Home campus.


Catholic Relief Services

The official international humanitarian agency of the U. S. Catholic community.
The orgainzation alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need
in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.


Center for Cowboy Ethics- Standing Tall in an Upside Down World

Through ideas, words and images, we encourage people to examine the personal values and principles that anchor their lives, guide their actions, and nourish their sense of deeper purpose. In the process the CENTER serves as a catalyst, empowering individuals and organizations to share their inspiration with others.

Central Wyoming Rescue Mission

Meets immediate crisis needs for homeless people and provides the necessary services to help them achieve successful independent living.


Central Wyoming Senior Center

Provides a comprehensive array of services for senior citizens, including
social and recreational events, meals, health clinics and public education, home
health services and the Senior Companion Program.


Cheyenne Little Theatre

To consistently bring high quality, community-based theatrical entertainment and education to people of all ages in the tri-state region of Wyoming, northern Colorado, and western Nebraska.


Child Development Services

To begin developing a system of service provision that meets the social and emotional needs of preschool children and their families.  The program involves the three key entities in the field - early childhood programs, developmental preschools, and mental health clinicians.

Children's Advocacy Project

To provide coordinated forensic and comprehensive services for alleged victims of child maltreatment and children who witness violence in order to minimize trauma to children, to break the cycle of abuse and to foster a more effective and efficient community response to child maltreatment.


Children and Nutrition Services, Inc.

Child and Adult Care Food Program to assist home-based child care providers in serving nutritious meals and snacks. 


Climb Wyoming

To train and place low-income single mothers in careers that successfully support their families.


Comea Shelter, Cheyenne

Emergency shelter (food, clothing and medical care) for men, women and families.


Ellbogen Leadership and Advocacy Institute

The Ellbogen Institute for Leadership and Advocacy is designed to develop educational leaders who understand and are able to articulate the complex challenge of educating all children.


Ellbogen Meritorious Schools

Recognition - 20% of teaching staff National Board Certified. Recognition - 80% participation of teaching staff and principal in Take One! process.


Equality Initiatives

A statewide awareness campaign designed to highlight not only the successes of women in Wyoming, but also the many difficult challenges facing the state's women and girls.  To heighten awareness of women's status in Wyoming communities and support the many agencies that work on behalf of women.


"Every Child Ready to Read", "Every Child Ready for Math"

Created by the Lee Pesky Learning Center, this booklet provides parents and early childhood educators with easy, fun tips to help children become good readers and good mathematicians. The tips are based on the latest research, and are designed specifically for parents of children ages birth to 5 years old. (These resources are no longer available for distribution).


Family Promise, Cheyenne

To serve the homelessness while striving to protect the human rights and dignity of children and families.


Friends of Teton River

Works for clean water, healthy streams and abundant fisheries in Teton Valley.


Fund for Teachers

Enrich the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.


Healthy Families, Healthy Children and Student Achievement Grant 

Prevention and Health Literacy. To direct increased attention and resources towards community based programs that would enable and encourage Wyoming citizens to assume more responsibility for their health and fitness throughout life. Conference and Program Initiating and Organizing Costs 2008.


Holy Cross Center

Food bank that serves meals to the homeless. 


Interfaith of Natrona County

Provides assistance to those in need - shelter, food, clothing, prescription, transportation, personal care items, medical care, dental care and other support services.


Jason's Friends Foundation

Mission:  To assist Wyoming families with children suffering from brain or spinal cord tumors and childhood cancers by providing advocacy, helping hands and encouragement in the face fo despair.  They provide significant financial support to families for day to day living expenses.


Joshua's Storehouse

Food Distribution Center - fight against hunger in the local community.


Journey's School 

An innovative PreK - 12 independent school in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that engages college-bound students with a rich and challenging curriculum that cultivates life long learning.


Just Bark

Just Bark will provide a temporary, safe haven for homeless dogs until they can find their "furever" home. We will also provide training, dog matching, counseling and followup services, and community education


Laramie County Community College- Albany County Campus

GED Students- Test Fees and Scholarships


Leadership Wyoming

To provide leaders who are committed to excellence and progress in Wyoming the opportunity to better understand general public policy issues, economic and social diversity and the challenges facing our state; and to prepare them, through shared mutual interests and the leadership skills developed, to be active in building a better Wyoming.


Make a Wish Foundation, Wyoming

Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human
experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Foundation believes that the
fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone
involved in a wish. Therefore, it is the Foundation's vision that people everywhere
will share the power of a wish.


Meal on Wheels, Cheyenne

To provide nourishing meals to seniors and others in Cheyenne and Laramie County.


Mercer Family Resource Center

A family resource center providing education, counseling, and referral services that build stronger and healthier youth and families. Family Resource Outreach Centers 2008.2010: support of the general mission.


Meritorious Classroom Teaching

The intent of these awards is to foster, encourage, and reward excellence in classroom teaching. Awards are granted each spring to teachers in the Natrona County School District.


Memory Screening Clinic

To possibly determine the presence of early dementia and allow the primary care provider to give direction for the individual and their family. Casper.


National Jewish Health

Research for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Dr. James Crapo.


IB Program, Meritorious Classroom Teaching- Natrona County

To pay testing fees for Natrona County students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program; the intent of these awards is to foster, encourage, and reward excellence in classroom teaching.


Natrona County Library

To enhance library resources.


The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Chapter

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.


Raising Readers

Encouraging parents to read to their young children by providing beautiful new books as part of their well child health care visits.


Rotary Club Foundation, Casper

We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more.

Safe House Services

To provide a "safehouse" and services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.


Self Help Center Inc.

To provide emergency and short term counseling and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; shelter for such victims and community education services; rehabilitation shelter for perpetrators.


Seton House

Emergency transitional housing and services to single parent families in
Natrona County.


St. Anthony's Tri-Parish School

The school (preschool - 9th grade) is dedicated to achieving academic excellence in a faith-filled community, and living a life committed to Christian service. Purchase interactive technology 2008.Technology Support - 2011.



Gifted and Talented Education Summit, Wyoming


Sweetwater County Community Foundation

Helping their area's non-profits become more sustainable by awarding grants that
enhance community building.


Sweetwater County Library Foundation

Fund raising arm for the Sweetwater County Library System.


Sweetwater One Public School Foundation

Striving to improve the lives of young people attending District #1 schools and strengthen our community through enhanced and enriched educational opportunities by privately funding programs designed to provide more than a basic educational experience.


Teton Literacy Center

Changing lives through the power of literacy, at-risk children and families. Parent education, pre-school screenings and literacy classes.


Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation

Student scholarships to those who do not meet the Hathaway Scholarship guidelines but want to continue their education in Wyoming at community colleges, trade and vocational schools or the University.


Ucross Foundation

In response to their generosity and hospitality for the use of Ucross Ranch facilities. Candidate Support Provider "Tune UP" and Wyoming Education Summit supported by the Ellbogen Foundation. 2012


United Way of Southwest Wyoming

Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Southwest Wyoming:  Provides an age appropriate book on a monthly basis to children birth through age five.  Books are mailed directly to their home.


University of Wyoming

A. L. Lupton Financial Literacy Endowment (associated Students of UW), Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, Ellbogen Lifetime Achievement Award, Play Therapy, Public Radio, Wyoming Family Medicine Residency


University of Wyoming- College of Agriculture

Student Engagement and Networking Drive (SEND)


University of Wyoming- College of Arts and Sciences

International studies: To provide a solid understanding of global issues and world affairs. Internship/Scholarship support for students. Internship and Research Excellence Fund.


University of Wyoming- Athletics

Athletic Scholarships, Cowboy Joe Club


University of Wyoming- College of Business

Entrepreneurship and New Ventures, Entrepreneurship Competition Excellence Fund (30K)


University of Wyoming- College of Education

Deans Excellence Fund, Early Childhood, Ed Leadership Scholarships, Garland Early Career Fellowship, Teaching and Learning Symposium, Honor a Teacher Scholarship, Early Childhood Mental Health Certification Program, Early Childhood Institute, Ed Leadership Scholarships, Literacy Research Center and Clinic, McClurg Excellence Fund, STEM, ExxonMobil pass through grant.


University of Wyoming- Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

Provides leadership, advocacy, support, faculty development, and instructional services for teaching and learning excellence.  The mission is accomplished through a variety of campus-wide initiatives aimed at the development of the teaching and learning community.  Our grant specifically supports new faculty through the distribution of book bags and lecturer programs.


University of Wyoming- College of Engineering

Engineers Without Borders, Next Generation


University of Wyoming- College of Health Sciences

Meth/Addiction studies Endowment, Ellbogen Excellence Fund for Geriatric Education


University of Wyoming- College of Law

Center for Human Rights Law and Advocacy



Provides services statewide to families that have children and youth with or at risk of special health care needs including emotional, behavioral, learning, developmental and physical disorders.

Volunteers of America

Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D - a leadership and empowerment camp for 5th and 6th grade at-risk youth.

Western Wyoming Community College Foundation

Fundraising arm for Western Wyoming Community College.

Wheatland Salvation Army

To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without


Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

Equal access for all children to high quality expanded learning opportunities, which will enrich and support the lives of children, families and communities. State Conference, general mission.


Wyoming Business Coalition on Health

To raise the visibility, viability and sophistication of conversations between employers  and those who deliver and influence  the delivery of care.


Wyoming Community Foundation

Philanthropy Days Sponsorship. A capacity building and marketing opportunity that will help Wyoming nonprofits better serve our communities.


Wyoming early Childhood Association

To be the voice that advocates for unity, provides professional development, and support the early care and education communities to enrich the lives of children.
Conference sponsor.


Wyoming Early Childhood Partnership/Wyoming Kids First Initiative

Lead a public-private partnership in the development of an accessible and sustainable, high quality, early childhood system that supports communities and families.


Wyoming Family Home Ownership Program

To prepare and support lower income working families with children in Cheyenne and Laramie with the resources needed to successfully achieve first time home ownership.


Wyoming Family Medicine Residency

Honduras Health Care Program. To benefit the people in rural Honduras and provide a "frontier medicine" experience for students. 


Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies

Distributes food and products to agencies serving Wyoming's needy children, seniors, and families. Fighting hunger, feeding hope.


Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative

To strengthen the quality of classroom teaching in Wyoming's public schools by increasing the number of National Board Certified teachers to a level of national leadership. National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. It is a rigorous assessment of teacher performance.


Wyoming Meth Project

A large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth
use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.


Wyoming State Spelling Bee

To help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage.


Wyoming, We The People

This program is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, is a yearly competition for American high school students.  Six units focus on a particular area of Constitutional interest - from the philosophical underpinnings and Constitutional Convention to modern day implications.


Wyoming Women's Foundation

Invests in the economic self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls. “When women and girls prosper, communities thrive."


"You and Your Baby", "You and Your Toddler" Routines

"You and Your Baby", contains routines with babies from birth to 18 months. "You and Your Toddler", contains routines with toddlers from 18 months to 3 years.


YMCA, Casper

Putting Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Young at Heart Senior Citizens Center

Programs designed to bring health, fun, laughter and companionship into the lives of senior citizens - all based on a preventative concept designed to nurture the mind, body and the spirit and foster continued good health.


Youth Alternatives/Special Friends

Youth Alternatives intervenes in the lives of young people before negative behaviors become solidified. Special Friends - mentoring programs supported  by adult volunteers for youth ages 6 to 14.  Most of the youth come from low-income, single parent families or are involved in counseling or court services at Youth Alternatives.