One of the greatest gifts my parents gave to me is the deep sense of belonging here [in Wyoming], taking ownership, and searching for ways to enhance the quality of life for our citizens. Without my parents I would not have this privilege. I would not be doing this work.  

Each day I wonder about the possibilities for a “better” Wyoming and through the work of the Foundation I have the opportunity to respond to the best of them. It doesn’t get any better than that. 

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” I am living it. 

Cheers Dad!

Mary Ellbogen Garland, President 

Foundation Guidance


Donor Intent Is The Essential Criteria For Every Board And Staff Decision* 

Mission Statement

To create or cause change primarily for the benefit of the people of the State of Wyoming through the support of science, education, and charity.


Empower the people of Wyoming to lead healthy lives in thriving communities.

Value Statements

We act out of integrity and honesty in all our relationships

We approach our work with purpose and thoughtful consideration

We actively seek out and are enriched by the expertise of and partnership with others

We use our resources to energize, engage and inspire toward positive, systemic outcomes

We fulfill our commitments in good faith for the common good



Spring 2021 Grant Cycle

The Ellbogen Foundation will post the process and directions for spring 2021 grants on the website in February 2021. Please check back at that time for additional details.

Spring 2021 Grant Reports

Reports for 2019 grantees will be due on May 14, 2021. Grantees should follow the guidelines on this website, and submit an electronic report on or before that day.

2020 Fund for Teachers Fellows

Four teams of teachers - nine teachers in all - were selected as Fund for Teachers fellows in 2020, and will be supported by a total of $18,598.