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Highest. Richest. Wealthiest. Most generous.

There’s an oft-repeated trope about Jackson, and Teton County as a whole, that it is one of the most philanthropic places in the country.

The word “nonprofit” has become basically synonymous with “charity” in popular usage, but that is an oversimplification. It’s true that 501(c)(3)s — the bastions of philanthropic giving — comprise the bulk of the nonprofit universe, but the category contains a long list of lesser-known cousins.

Pauline Towers-Dykeman is fantasizing about wearing a fancy dress and raising a glass — in person — over a shrimp cocktail, tenderloin and lobster mac and cheese at the Four Seasons Resort.

Faced with the daunting task of raising more than $7 million in just a few months last summer, the Jackson Hole Land Trust decided to try a new strategy: the challenge grant.

Looking solely at the dollars, it’s easy to discount the value of small donations. But seasoned fundraisers say pint-sized gifts can still pack a punch.