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Nonprofits provide opportunities for individuals and institutions to willingly support the causes of their choosing. Through the active involvement of individuals and the cultivation of relationships, nonprofits play a crucial role in fostering a philanthropic culture. Upholding the trust placed in them, nonprofit organizations must act as conscientious stewards, conducting fundraising activities in accordance with the highest ethical standards. This includes adherence to ethical guidelines in solicitation, acceptance, recording, reporting, and utilization of funds. To maintain transparency and accountability, nonprofits should establish clear policies for fundraising, promoting responsible fund utilization, and fostering open communication with contributors and other stakeholders. 

Legal Considerations 

This is not an exhaustive list, rules and regulations will depend on specifics of the organization and the gift. 

Charitable solicitation is regulated on the state-level and the requirements vary by state. Most states require nonprofits to register if they are soliciting for donations. Wyoming doesn't require registration, but if you solicit donors in other states you need to check to see if there is a requirement. See the National Association of State Charity Officials website for more information. 

There are rules regarding charitable gaming in Wyoming. See the Wyoming Gaming Commission website page for more information. 

Donors need a written acknowledgement for donations of $250 or more to claim a tax deduction. However, it is always a good idea to send acknowledgements to donors. The substantiate a contribution of $250 or more, the acknowledgement must contain information as outlined by the IRS. 

The CAN-SPAM Act protects consumers from receiving emails they never consented to receive. While it primarily applies to commercial email, nonprofit organizations are not exempt, particularly if they engage in product marketing or involve a corporate sponsor in their email communications. Adherence to the CAN-SPAM Act necessitates the verification of subscribers' opt-in status before sending them emails. Additionally, each email must prominently feature a clear notice enabling recipients to easily opt out. More information: 


Fundraising Training and Resources  

Through our partnership with MindEdge, you will find a number of courses on fundraising. Members: remember to use the discount code to receive 10% off.   


Grant Funding 

Grant funding is typically given by foundations, corporations, or government entities. There are a number of restrictions and requirements based on the grant making entity. Nonprofit should thoroughly research granting organization based on nonprofit’s mission and geographic service area, and ability to manage the grant writing process and financial management if grant is received. It is important to note that many private foundations do not have an open application process. 



GoWyld (Wyoming State Library) has partnered with Candid to bring grant research and writing resources to every county in Wyoming.  Access free online resources and learn more about Foundation Directory (access located in main library in every county in Wyoming and at the Wyoming State Library). 


GrantStation offers the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for programs or projects as well as resources to mentor organizations through the grantseeking process. Through a subscription program, GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers. Wyoming Nonprofit Network members can purchase a subscription through the Network for $95, a substantial savings from their regular price. Members: Log into the website for the link to purchase. 


How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal  

From the Congressional Research Service office, this report is intended for Members and congressional staff assisting grantseekers in districts and states and covers writing proposals for both government and private foundation grants. Click to Download Report (PDF)

Grant Writing Training and Resources 

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network partners with Grants Magic to offer our members a video-based, online, on-demand training program. Members: Log into the website for the link and discount code. You will also find a recorded training and workbook on their QuickStart Guide.  


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