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Javonni Scott, 15, and Savannah Hines, 15, prepare to ride at the Broken Arrow Ranch, the summer camp for City Kids Wilderness Project participants in 2016. Guys who Give, a new philanthropy group, donated $6,000 to City Kids Wilderness Project during the group’s inaugural meeting. Tonight, the group will meet to vote on its next charitable donation, and a City Kids representative will come describe the things their previous donation helped make possible.

Men who like philanthropy with a low time investment have their chance tonight to get in on a national movement.

The Teton County chapter of Guys Who Give will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hole Bowl for the group’s second meeting. The cost of admission is a blank check for $100. More can be donated if the giver wishes. The group will hear pitches for three separate Jackson Hole organizations, then will vote on which one deserves the money this go-around.

During the first meeting on Nov. 13, about 50 men voted to put the funds toward City Kids Wilderness Project. Tonight, the group will hear from a City Kids representative about what their $6,000 donation will pay for.

“Basically this is the price of taking a kid out of urban America, bringing them up to Jackson,” organizer Josh Frappart said. “You’re basically bringing a kid we didn’t have money for into the program, taking them out and getting them in the program and getting them on the right path.”

Guys Who Give is a national movement that began around 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. There are now 13 chapters; Teton County’s is number 11. All chapters meet on the same night. But all the money stays in the community where it is raised; there’s no national overhead.

Frappart, 38, was born and raised in Jackson, and he is friends with Guys Who Give concept originator Justin Livingston. He loved the idea of getting his friends and acquaintances involved and donating money even if they don’t have time to volunteer or be in a service club. He hopes to get at least 100 guys into the doors of Hole Bowl tonight.

“I thought Teton County would be perfect for something like this,” Frappart said. “I was so inspird by what I saw in Boulder for their meeting. The really cool thing is when the charities come to talk to the guys and say here’s what your money did.”

The average age of attendees is probably somewhere in the low 40s, with attendees from their early 30s to their 80s.

“The thing I hear a lot is how inspiring something like this is, a good way that somebody who doesn’t usually give back can get involved in the community, though leadership and giving back,” Frappart said.

Those with questions can email Frappart at teton@guyswhogive.org or just show up with their blank check.

Whoever nominated the winning charity gets the job of walking in and handing over an envelope later this week.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071 or jlove@jhnewsandguide.com.​

Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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