LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund Grantee Reception - Tuesday, August 29th 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund committee (Jim Dabakis, Carol Gnade, Lauryn Hansen, Jane Marquardt, Jeffrey Mathis, & Michelle Turpin) and the Community Foundation of Utah invite you to the annual reception and pitch event featuring the 2017 LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund grantees. The event will showcase efforts, encourage dialogue, increase awareness of issues our LGBTQ+ communities are currently facing, and award funding that supports the LGBTQ community & strengthens our state as a whole.

6:00 pm –
Hor d'oeuvres served
6:20 pm – Pitches begin
7:45 pm – Awards announced

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
6th Floor/Room 6623
332 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

A record number of applications were submitted to the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund this year. The committee awarded $34,000 to 11 deserving organizations and invited them to come give a 5-min pitch for additional funding.

While this event is free to attend, contributions to this effort are welcome.

We look forward to having you join us to celebrate Utah’s LGBTQ community!



Published in Events
Sunday, 01 January 2017 05:17

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund aims to strengthen Utah's LGBTQ community, and our state as a whole.



  • Unite LGBTQ giving by leveraging individual gifts to create a meaningful impact.
  • Strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community, and our state as a whole.

To accomplish these goals, we:

  • Facilitate professional gifts for donors and leverage them for maximum impact. We identify organizations doing the best work to support the LGBTQ community and conduct due diligence on behalf of donors.
  • Understand, evaluate, and are flexible to respond to and address current and changing community needs.
  • Ensure fairness in employment. The fund ensures all organizations that receive grants have in place a non-discrimination employment policy before they are eligible for funding.
  • Increase visibility for LGBTQ philanthropy.

Learn more in our printable one-pager.

Be Part of the Impact!

  • It's easy. You receive immediate tax deductions for your contributions. We accept gifts of stock, real estate, and other complex assets.
  • It's flexible. You can be certain that your gifts will support the Utah's LGBTQ community in perpetuity, even as the community's most pressing needs change.
  • It's efficient. Your contributions are pooled with others, creating greater collective giving power.
  • It's impactful. We provide assistance identifying high-impact not-for-profits and monitoring how grants are used, ensuring that your support has the greatest community impact possible.

Ways to Donate

  • Donate online 
  • Stock, real estate, or other non-cash donation - email  for more information
  • Gift on behalf of a loved one
    View our tribute gift one pager for more information and send a completed tribute gift donation form to the Community Foundation of Utah at 2257 South 1100 East, Suite 205, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
  • Planned Gifts
    Include "the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah" fund as a beneficiary of your retirement assets or life insurance or make a bequest to the fund in your estate plan. We encourage you to work with your tax advisor or estate planning professional to determine the type of gift that is right for you and your family.

How to Apply for Funding

Applications are now closed. Check back in 2018 for next year's application.

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund awards grants to:

  • Utah organizations that serve the LGBTQ community
  • Other impactful not-for-profits so that they can better serve the LGBTQ community
  • Organizations that improve the quality of life in Utah

The Committee

  • Jane Marquardt
  • Carol Gnade
  • Michelle Turpin
  • Jeffrey Mathis
  • Lauryn Hansen

Our Grantees and History

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund got its start in 2012, with a $50,000 challenge grant to help establish a transitional home for young men living on the street, 40% or more of whom identify as gay or transgender. In 2013 the fund committee formalized a competitive grantmaking process, making $25,000 in grants to further the work of agencies across Utah working for equality. Read below for more details about our grants in 2014, 2015, and beyond.

2017 Grantees

  • Equality Utah for Wellstone Action Boot Camp
  • Utah Pride Center for Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA)
  • Youth Futures for Program Operations
  • Utah Public Radio for a UPR Original Series - Off the Grid
  • Comunidades Unidasfor Community Promise/Promesa Comunitaria, an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign
  • Plan-B Theatre for the world premier of THE ICE FRONT by Eric Samuelsen
  • Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) for the 2017/2018 productions of HIR and FUN HOME
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) for Out Loud, a museum exhibition for LGBTQIA+ youth
  • Encircle for Youth, Family and Community Programming, and Therapeutic Services
  • Utah Film Center for the Damn These Heels film festival
  • U of U College of Health - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Utah Speech-Language Hearing Clinic for Giving Voice to the Person Inside: A Voice Therapy Program for Persons in Transition

2016 Grantees

  • Brigham Young Queer Alumni Association for a Recognition Banquet
  • Utah AIDS Foundation for the PrEP, HIV Prevention Clinic
  • Utah Pride Center in support of the Genderevolution Conference
  • Spy Hop for their Move the Dial initiative
  • Westminster College for their LGBT programming intern
  • UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts) for their Out Loud Mentoring Program
  • OUTreach Resource Centers for general operating for Ogden drop-in center
  • Planned Parenthood for their Safe at School Program
  • Plan-B Theatre Company for the Premiere of VIRTUE by Tim Slover
  • Bennion Community Service Center to support the Alternative Breaks Program
  • Utah Film Center in support of the Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival
  • Youth Futures for their shelter, drop-in services, and street outreach

docx2016 Grant Impact Report

2015 Grantees

  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah - For the expansion of holdings of Kristen Ries/Maggie Snyder History of HIV/AIDS in Utah Collection
  • Office of Inclusion and Outreach, University of Utah - For the Annual Health Care Provider Summit: Expanding the Knowledge of LGBT Healthcare
  • Utah Pride Center - For Moab Pride and a Community Needs Assessment
  • Youth Futures Shelter Home - For general operating support
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah - For the LGBT Mentors Program
  • Senior Charity Care Foundation - For Financial Assistance For Medical and Dental Care for LGBT Seniors
  • Westminster College - For an LGBT Programming Intern
  • OUTreach Resource Centers - For the Drop–In Center in Ogden
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art - For the Out Loud Mentoring Program
  • Equality Utah - For the Harvey Milk Leadership Training Academy
  • Utah Film Center - For the Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival
  • Pioneer Craft House -  For Senior LGBT Adult Arts & Drafts Classes

docx2015 Grant Impact Report

2014 Grantees

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah - To support matches between youth and caring LGBT adult mentors in BBBSU’s Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring Programs
  • Moab Pride - To support awareness of the LGBT community in this rural area
  • Plan-B Theatre Company - To support a statewide Elementary school tour of “DIFFERENT=AMAZING”, a play that helps children understand the impact of bullying
  • The Utah Film Center - In support of the “Damn These Heels!” Film Festival
  • The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art - To support the Out Loud Mentoring Program between artists and LGBT youth
  • Westminster College - To hire a student intern the College’s LGBT student club, Alphabet Soup
  • The Point Foundation - For scholarships to empower promising Utah LGBT students to achieve their academic potential and make a significant impact on society
  • National Center For Lesbian Rights – In support of adoption rights advocacy for LGBT  families in Utah
  • Utah Pride - In support of the Utah Pride Center capital campaign effort

 LGBTQCommunityEndowmentFund Color

Contact us at 801-559-3005 or to learn more about the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund.

Published in Donors