More than 700 community foundations exist across the United States, benefiting small towns, rural and urban areas and entire states. Some are nearly 100 years old while others were organized as recently as 10 years ago. Regardless, all community foundations have one thing in common: the ability to increase the impact of their philanthropy and enhance the future of their community.
The Community Foundation of Utah is a tax-exempt public charity established in 2008. In just a few years, we have grown to serve as a giving vehicle for over fifty-five donors who have collectively given over $780,000 to the communities they care about.
The Community Foundation of Utah was created by a group of residents who wanted to band together to do good—and our goals are still that simple. How can we make Utah an even better place to live? How can we help the people who live here help each other? How can we make giving so easy, so effective, so rewarding that everyone who is able to join us, will?
Like you, we care about Utah. Join us.
The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations were created in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 41 National Standards require The Community Foundation of Utah to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, The Community Foundation of Utah submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to the Community Foundations National Standards Board for a rigorous peer review.