More Than a Check

Supporting nonprofits and the community through programs beyond funding

Capacity building

Based on feedback from Natrona County nonprofits and in alignment with our trust-based philanthropy approach, we provide capacity building, technical assistance, and consulting to any nonprofit serving Natrona County. Thanks to a partnership with the Wyoming Nonprofit Network, their Director of Learning and Development is located at The Trust’s office in Casper. The Director primarily serves Natrona County nonprofits while providing learning opportunities for nonprofits across Wyoming. Additionally, The Trust hosts its own workshops and programs all informed by nonprofit input and feedback. All programs are open to any nonprofit serving Natrona County and participation is never a requirement for funding. Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to stay up-to-date on upcoming capacity building opportunities.

Grant writing

Nonprofit leaders shared that millions of dollars are being left on the table because many do not have the expertise or capacity to submit government and national grants. In response, The Trust has launched a pilot program with select nonprofits who have been matched with seasoned grant writers, with NCHT covering the cost. Additionally, the Wyoming Nonprofit Network’s Director of Learning & Development is working on a grant readiness program aimed at ensuring nonprofits have the necessary components in place in order to seek grant funds. Following the pilot program, NCHT hopes to fully launch the grant writing program early in 2023. Stay tuned to our website and our newsletter for future updates.

Policy & advocacy

We know that we cannot fund our way out of the issues affecting health in Natrona County. We must also improve the systems that are creating the symptoms. In 2023, NCHT will launch funding for systems change advocacy related to our mission and engage in advocacy alongside partners to improve the mental well-being of young people in Natrona County.

Scholarship

Natrona County nonprofit leaders reported wanting additional education and training on running a nonprofit organization. Based on this feedback, The Trust established five scholarships to cover tuition for Natrona County nonprofit staff to receive their Master of Public Administration  degree with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Wyoming.

Five area nonprofit professionals were selected as recipients for the 2022 scholarships: 

  • Vickery Fales Hall, Wyoming Community Foundation
  • Gena Jensen, National Historic Trails Center Foundation
  • Ben Kinion, The Science Zone
  • Dawn Lacko, NOWCAP Services
  • Tess Mittelstadt, Habitat for Humanity

NCHT hopes to fund a new round of scholarships for Natrona County based nonprofit staff interested in starting the MPA program in 2023. To learn more, please visit the University’s program page here.

Collaboration resources

NCHT knows that our community members most impacted by the issues know best how to address them. It’s our job to listen to those voices and act on their recommendations.

Some of our recent collaborations include:

  • Teaming up with the Wyoming Community Foundation to support healthcare workers in Natrona County and ensure our community is effectively recovering and moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Working with Wyoming Medical Center, NCHT is supporting community partners to implement a sequential intercept map (SIM) to improve the coordination and delivery of mental health services in Natrona County.
  • Partnering with the Youth Empowerment Council to launch a participatory grantmaking program (link the press release when we do it).

We look forward to announcing new opportunities in 2023. Do you know of an opportunity NCHT should consider? Contact Beth.