National "Giving Tuesday" to spread holiday spirit: How to give in Jackson Hole

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today is National Giving Tuesday, a day focused on holiday giving after the hectic shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And people in Jackson Hole love to give. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy , people in Teton County, Wyoming gave 4.15 percent of their annual income in 2012 -- the latest data available -- for total charitable contributions of over $175 million. [image: Inline image 1] *h/t The Chronicle of Philanthropy / Pitchengine Communities* For those looking to donate to a local non-profit, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole provides a list of most of them here: "If donors would like to make a gift but are unsure of exactly which organization they’d like to support, they can certainly give to our competitive grant fund or our youth philanthropy fund. Local nonprofits can apply for competitive grant funding twice a year," said Nicole McDermott, marketing officer for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. The Community Foundation of JacksonHole committee reviews each grant application and awards funding based on community need. According to McDermott, they do have field of interest funds within this competitive grant program should donors wish to broadly support the arts, conservation, education, health and human services or civic organizations. In their youth philanthropy program, students from all four Jackson high schools solicit and review grant proposals, meet with various local nonprofit organizations, discuss effective strategies for community impact and recommend grant awards. The program teaches the students about philanthropy and the great work that is happening in this community. Each local high school may award up to $5,000 to nonprofits serving Teton County, Wyoming. Grant recipients can be awarded $500 - $4,000 in funding. #buckrail #news