On December 1, 2015, the Community Foundation of Utah hosted our fourth Social Investors Forum. Five finalists were selected to pitch their innovative ideas for solving social problems to Venture Philanthropy Utah, a group of investors with a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability in the nonprofit sector. These exceptional organizations—Ayudafin, Cranium Cafe, East African Refugee Goat Project, The Green Urban Lunchbox, and Wasatch Community Gardens—were chosen from a pool of 33 responses to our Call for Investments.
After three hours of pitches and deliberation, Venture Philanthropy Utah awarded the East African Refugee Goat Project a $30,000 capital investment, along with ongoing mentoring with Venture Philanthropy Utah.
The East African Refugee Goat Project, part of the Salt Lake City International Rescue Committee, raises goats in order to generate income for their organization and provide college scholarship opportunities for East African refugee youth. The award supported much-needed improvements to fencing around the goat herd's grazing area, as well as animal transportation costs.