September 24, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Community Foundation of Utah mobilizes over $7 million in 2020 grant dollars to support hard-hit nonprofit sector


Contact: Shaelyn Barber, Community Initiatives Manager, Community Foundation of Utah


Phone: 801-559-3005 x5

Salt Lake City, September 24th, 2020 — Community Foundations across the country are making an unprecedented effort to mobilize funding in light of the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of July 2020, over $1 billion in charitable giving came from Community Foundations, according to data gathered by the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative. Locally, Utah is no exception.

The Community Foundation of Utah (CFU) is focused on providing continued support and unrestricted funding for nonprofit organizations, and is deploying crucial dollars to nonprofits state-wide. In a nimble response to unforeseen community challenges during COVID-19, CFU has mobilized over $7.2 million year to date in support of critical nonprofit work, compared to $3.3 million granted year to date in 2019.

As part of these increased funding efforts, several nonprofits including The Mundi Project, received a surprise grant of $20,000 for COVID-19 relief from a fund with CFU.

“Historically the arts have often been reduced or cut altogether during times of financial crises,” said Ruby Chou, Executive Director of the Mundi Project. “In addition to the low-income residents of Salt Lake County that we typically serve, we are able to include learners and families in more rural areas of Utah [with this funding].”

“The generosity of our donors has been a shining light during an exceedingly difficult time and is a true proof of concept for Community Foundations.  We do not know what the future holds, but our ability to access charitable resources for communities in need during crisis is powerful,” said Alex Eaton, CEO of CFU.

Over and above the increased funding for nonprofits, CFU is supporting the Utah community through local partnerships. In April, CFU collaborated with Mercato Partners to provide Relief Pack meals for first responders, healthcare workers and others hit hard by COVID-19. In August, CFU announced a partnership with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office in Raise Up Salt Lake City, dedicated to raising $1 million for financial assistance to families unable to access federal stimulus funding.

In addition to COVID-specific initiatives, CFU is committed to ensuring a resilient and innovative nonprofit sector. CFU continues to support Utah nonprofits through ongoing initiatives such as the Social Investors Forum (SIF) and Invest in Success (IIS).

This Spring, SIF granted $45,000 in seed funding to New Pattern Utah, a coalition dedicated to providing funding and training to black female entrepreneurs. SIF also granted $25,000 to the International Rescue Committee to support translation services for refugee populations seeking medical care.

Over the Summer, CFU invested in eight non-profit leaders through IIS, providing a comprehensive peer development cohort to build crucial leadership and management skills and increase organizational capacity. These leaders will have the opportunity to pitch on September 11th at 9:00 a.m. for $35,000 in grants to support their organizational and professional growth.

“I work with about 130 community foundations around the country of all sizes,” said Jeff Hammond, Director of the Philanthropy Practice at Van Scoyoc Associates. “The Community Foundation of Utah is one of the fastest-growing community foundations in the country and they really understand the needs of donors and nonprofits in the Salt Lake City region and beyond.”

Contact Information:

International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City

Media Relations

Mundi Project

Ruby Chou, Executive Director

New Pattern Utah

Rose Maizner

About the Community Foundation of Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantmaker and serves as Utah’s catalyst for philanthropy by fostering accessible, collaborative, and innovative giving in our communities, now and for generations to come. Since establishment in 2008, the organization has fostered nonpartisan community partnership and has facilitated over $66 million in grants to Utah’s nonprofit sector. For more information, contact Shaelyn Barber, Community Initiatives Manager, at .

About the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City

The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities.

About the Mundi Project

The Mundi Project uses musical learning as a conduit to create meaningful societal change. Their desire is to increase access to classes, performances, and instruments across the socio-economic and generational spectrums. They seek to empower their participants to find their voices and gain confidence as they work with others learning instruments and performing.

About New Pattern Utah

Originally developed by Beta Boom, New Pattern is a movement that seeks to promote and celebrate founders from various backgrounds in order to change the narrative that diverse founders can and do create successful companies. This movement also aims to advance the fact that companies that seek to serve the needs of a greater variety of people are tremendous opportunities for economic growth and investment. The grant program provides both immediate capital and ongoing holistic support designed to ensure more equitable access to the larger fundraising environment.