The Wyoming Business Report honored 11 women on Aug. 14, and Coe was recognized in the nonprofit field. Though NOLS Alumni and Development Director Pip Coe was not present for the Wyoming Women of Influence awards ceremony, she sent some words of wisdom to those in attendance.
Coe has been a member of the NOLS community since 1992, when she became a field instructor. The following year, she joined the administrative team, helping run operations in Utah, Kenya, and later alumni relations at NOLS Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.
Since the end of 2001, Coe has been NOLS’ Alumni and Development director. As a long-time field instructor for NOLS, she is uniquely positioned to employ education as a major tool in developing philanthropy at the organization. She introduced a mindful staff education process to permanently embed an understanding of the ways that philanthropic contributions enhance and are critical to the school’s mission.
During Coe’s tenure at the helm of the Alumni and Development department, NOLS’ culture has shifted to recognize the extent to which fundraising helps NOLS achieve its mission. Subsequently, the philanthropic support Coe has fostered has enabled NOLS to do things it otherwise could not have.
The end goal of all of Coe’s work is serving NOLS students, and she has helped equip the school to increase its annual reach from 9,000 students to more than 21,000. This year NOLS anticipates awarding $1.7 million in scholarships. Now in its 50th year, NOLS has changed hundreds of thousands of lives, many as a result of Coe’s focus and efforts.
For 50 years, NOLS has taken students on wilderness expeditions to learn outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics that they can use to lead in the backcountry and excel in the frontcountry. For nearly 25 of those years, Coe’s priority has been to ensure that student experience. NOLS is delighted her efforts and impact have been recognized by the Wyoming Business Report.
Cover photo of Pip Coe by Brad Christensen.