The Willy The Plumber, Home Education Leadership, Natural History Museum of Utah Youth Teaching Youth Funds and the Equality Leadership Fund announce secondary education Scholarship Recipients
17 high school students will be attending college this fall as recipients of educational scholarships through The Community Foundation of Utah. The Foundation administers a four scholarship programs that grant between $500 and $2,000 dollars per student.
All scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process. Eligibility requirements range from outstanding academics to community involvement to specific populations. A committee comprised of staff, donors and community experts screen, rate and select recipients.
Executive Director, Fraser Nelson, explains, “These programs have been established and funded by generous local individuals to assist students in continuing their education. These donors know there is no better investment in Utah’s future than the education of its residents.”
- The Willy the Plumber Scholarship offers education opportunities for the children of Utah inmates.
- The Equality Leadership Fund Scholarship was to further the education of students who have demonstrated leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) rights movement.
- The Home Education Leadership Scholarship was created to encourage and enable children who have been home-schooled to pursue a post-secondary education.
- The Natural History Museum of Utah Youth Teaching Youth Scholarship supports the higher education of participants and graduates of the Youth Teaching Youth program.
Scholarship recipients and the schools they will attend are:
- Katelyn Dixon-Weber State University
- George Zamantakis-University of Utah
- Cori Murphy-Utah Valley University
- Niayesh Jamshidi-Sarah Lawrence College
- Thania Arellano-University of Utah
- Candy Guadalupe De La Fuente-East Tennessee State University
- Isabel Perez-Vega-Salt Lake Community College
- Lucero Lopez-University of Utah
- Chance Bare-Salt Lake Community College
- Marisol Perez-Salt Lake Community College
- Whitney Curtis-Dixie State University
- Mariah Williamson-University of Utah
- Maycie Nielsen-Utah Valley University
- Danielle Cheek-University of California at San Diego
- Alyssa Bertelsen-University of Utah
- Michael Lentz-Weber State University
- Amanda Grant-Brigham Young University
About the Community Foundation of Utah
Community Foundation of Utah, an IRS 501 c (3) public charity was established in 2008. It is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, sustainable and inclusive. On the web at www.utahcf.org
The Community Foundation of Utah has, for the fourth year, recognized fifty individuals who are making a measureable – but often unsung - difference in the lives of Utahns through innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good. Called the ‘Enlightened 50’, or E-50, members are nominated by the community. Each of the nominees then selects five individuals who they feel most meet the criteria. The top fifty will be recognized at an event Thursday, June 6th. The criteria for this recognition are:
- An innovator – pioneering original and sustainable approaches to the critical issues facing our state and its people
- A builder – committed to community engagement and the common good
- A visionary – most likely to make a profound mark on Utah’s quality of life
The 2013 E-50
- Alama Uluave: Community Volunteer
- Alan Pruhs: Executive Director, Association for Utah Community Health
- Andrew Gruber: Executive Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council
- Angelica Nash: Health and Wellness Coordinator, Centro Hispano
- Ashley Patterson: Executive Director, Wasatch Community Gardens
- Barbara Leavitt: Director of Community Impact, United Way of Utah County
- Brandy Farmer: Secretary, Comunidades Unidas
- Brian Moench, MD: Founder, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
- Cherise Udell: Founder/President, Utah Moms for Clean Air
- Christopher Thomas: Executive Director, HEAL Utah
- Cindy Norton: Teacher and Mentor, Bonneville Elementary
- Cynthia Buckingham: Executive Director, Utah Humanities Council
- Dawn McLain: Owner, Write It Up!
- Debbie Justice: Executive Director, The Learning Center for Families
- Denise Winslow: Community Liaison, Wells Fargo Bank
- Donna Weinholtz: Activist
- Fred Lampropolous: President & CEO, Merit Medical
- Gloria Prahl: eSMART Camp Director, AAUW of St George
- Jane Shock: CRA Vice President, American Express (retired)
- Joni Clark: Community Partnerships Manager, Salt Lake CAP Head Start
- Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman: Rabbi, Congregation Kol Ami
- Joro Walker: Lawyer, Western Resource Advocates
- Kent Udell, Ph.D.: Engineer, University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering
- Kerry Bate: Executive Director, Salt Lake County Housing Authority
- Kerry Steadman: Homeless Services Coordinator, Salt Lake County Human Services
- Laura McIndoe Briefer: Special Projects Manager, Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
- Lauren Barros: President, LRB Family Law
- Lauren Scholnick: Partner, Scholnick & Strindberg
- Leticia Bentley: Community Advocate, Moab Valley Multicultural Center
- Luis Garza: Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas
- Mark Alvarez: Community Advocate
- Matt Mullin: Partner, Ironwood Resort Development
- Merrill Bateman, Ph.D.: Past President BYU
- Mike Gburski: Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity
- Nan Seymour: Executive Director, Local First Utah
- Naomi Silverstone, Ph.D.: Professor, University of Utah School of Social Work
- Pat Fleming: Director, Salt Lake County Division of Behavioral Health
- Peter Corroon: Ninigret Group
- Preston Cochrane: President & CEO, Fair Credit Foundation
- Robert Workman: CEO, Goal Zero
- Rosie Hunter: Director, University of Utah Neighborhood Partners
- Ruth Arevalo: Organizer, One Billion Rising
- Sam Granato: Salt Lake County Council
- Samira Harnish: President, Women of the World
- Scott Murray: Director of Strategy, eBay
- Sheila Walsh-McDonald: Data Security Ombudsman, State of Utah
- Stewart Ralphs: Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake
- Terry Kogan: University of Utah SJ Quinney School of Law
- Tim Stempel: Ride Director & Founder, Tour de Brewtah
- Zach Bale: VP, Volunteers of America
The funds are now worth more than a third more than they were before the recession started, propelled by a 46-percent increase in donations last year, a Chronicle study finds. read the full report here: Donor-Advised Funds Keep Up Rapid Growth
The Center for Effective Philanthropy just completed a study saying that nonprofit leaders want greater transparency from foundations about what grantmakers are learning and how they assess grantee performance and impact. Less than a third of the folks surveyed said they understood how foundations use the information they provide, 44 percent are unclear about how their efforts fit into the funders' overall work, 51 percent said they wanted "a lot more" transparency about what foundations are learning, and more than 75 percent wanted more transparency about the impact that foundations are having.
I wonder how well we are doing on this front. We have not done much grantmaking - the Social Enterprise Mini Grants and the grants available through Love UT Give UT. What can we do differently? Better?
Social Programs Seek Ways to Cope With Federal Budget Cuts
The federal budget cuts known as sequestration are hitting home for social-service and other groups nationwide, with many struggling with layoffs and service reductions, writes The New York Times.
The number of billionaires committed to giving away their wealth has edged up to 114. The new donors include people with backgrounds in apparel, finance, politics, real estate, and technology. Read who they are here 11 More Donors Sign the Giving Pledge
The LGBT Community Endowment Fund is a permanent endowment of the Community Foundation of Utah and supports Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community by raising money and distributing grants for programs that enhance the lives of LGBT people in Utah.
We are announcing our first open grant process. Grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are due July 1st.
Priorities for funding are those programs that:
- address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout Utah;
- increase the LGBT community’s access to public services;
- build the LGBT community and promote awareness of and respect for LGBT individuals and their impact on the common good;
- foster collaboration and promote constructive dialogue between gay and non-gay people; and
- provide a permanent source of support for organizations serving the LGBT community.
Specific requests for 2013 grants: As this our first open call for funding, we are interested in learning what creative ideas exist in Utah to serve and build the LGBT community. Your ideas will help us frame the future of this fund.
Funds are available for non-profit organizations or a group working under the fiscal sponsorship of another agency. All organizations that receive grants from the fund must:
- Have a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Recognize the LGBT Community Endowment Fund as the grant source.
You may download the full application here.
UTAHNS RAISED $806,124 THROUGH LOVE UTAH GIVE UTAH ON MARCH 22
6,521 donors benefited Utah nonprofits and schools in a 24-hour day of giving
Salt Lake City - On Friday, March 22, Utahns again proved their record-breaking generosity by contributing over $800,000 to their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools through an online 24-hour day of giving called “Love UT Give UT”. The total may well top $900,000 when matching grants from individuals and corporations are fully tallied
More than 6,500 individuals went on line to support over 400 individual causes throughout the state. Special events, from a sleep over in Moab to a blizzard party in Little Cottonwood Canyon drove donors to ‘give where they live’.
A Leaderboard competition helped drive last minute gifts to nonprofits vying for additional grant awards from the Community Foundation of Utah. Friends for Animal Care and Effective Solutions gained the most donors in the Small Nonprofit category, HEAL Utah in the Medium nonprofit category, and Girl Scouts in the Large Nonprofit category. Westminster College took the top award for Schools and Universities.
“Girl Scouts of Utah is grateful to our donors for helping us place 1st on the leader board, and humbled to have had the opportunity to be part of a larger philanthropic event like Love Utah Give Utah. We are extremely impressed with how much money was raised for all of Utah’s nonprofits, and the thousands of people who participated. It goes to show the incredible passion and drive of people living in Utah!” said Cathleen Sparrow, Girl Scouts of Utah CEO.
“We are thrilled with the response to this event – both from nonprofits and from Utahns from every part of the state. The event exceeded our expectations, and we are already looking forward to 2014,” explained Fraser Nelson, executive director of the Community Foundation of Utah. “We are especially pleased with how Love UT Give UT attracted first time donors for many nonprofits – and at a very low cost. Most agencies spent less than $100, fewer than 30 hours and saw that more than half of the people who gave to their cause were new.”
Companies large and small across the state used Love UT Give UT as a new way to engage their employees and show their commitment to Utah. Maverik matched employees gifts up to $50,000 while the tech company Doba matched it employees up to $1,000. The Salt Lake and Ogden-Weber Chambers of Commerce made sure their members were engaged, and Simmons Media Clear Channel and KSL helped get the word out.
The primary sponsors of the event were UBS, Mountain America Credit Union, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation. The total cost of the event was under $60,000, creating a 1,261% return on investment.
This Friday, on March 22, you have the chance to do something remarkable for Utah: raise as much money as possible for the organizations that make our state 'the place' to live, play and work.
In every town across Utah, people like you will be going online to loveUTgiveUT.org and giving to the nonprofit, schools, college and university of their choice. Can't decide? Give to them all through the Utah Fund!
With more than 500 causes to choose from and $250,000 in matching and challenge grants, your investment will never go farther.
24 hours of unprecedented giving. A way to shape the future of our state. A day to join with thousands of others to stand together, for Utah.
On Friday, March 22, 2013, please go online to loveutgiveUT.org. Point. Click. Donate. It is that simple, but we need you to make it awesome.