PRESS RELEASE: UTAH WOMEN’S GROUP INVESTS MORE THAN $150,000 INTO WOMEN & GIRLS FOLLOWING EIGHTH YEAR OF GRANT AWARDS

04 February 2019 Published in News

 

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Safia Keller, Chair
Utah Women's Giving Circle
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Utah Women's Group Invests More than $150,000 into
Women & Girls Following Eighth Year of Grant Awards


Salt Lake City, Utah – The Utah Women’s Giving Circle, a grassroots group formed in 2011 to change the statistics for women in Utah, awarded its eighth round of grants on Thursday, January 24th , bringing their total investment in Utah nonprofits to more than $150,000 across 41 high impact projects.

Eight local nonprofits made it to the final ballot to pitch live to members of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle for the awards. Each project targets the group’s 2018 focus on sexual harassment, mirroring the prominent cultural movement taking place across the country. Members voted to award their collective pool of $17,000 across the following five initiatives:

$5,000: Utah Rape Recovery Center

Financing the production of targeted public service announcements tackling the subject of sexual harassment from the lens of enthusiastic consent, encouraging Utahns to consider the many ways that a consent culture can be created here in our state.

$4,000: Utah Women’s Coalition

Funding to support policy change in the 2019 legislative session to protect Utah workers employed at companies with 14 or fewer employees, who currently have no legal protection from sexual harassment or discrimination based on gender, religion, age, disability, race, national origin, or sexual orientation.

$3,000: Utah Public Radio

Funding the 2019 Access Utah original series “Stopping Sexual Harassment” paired with a community outreach event to raise awareness, share experiences and expertise, and collectively seek solutions.

$3,000: International Rescue Committee

Supporting the expansion of the Bridge to Safety program, which responds to domestic violence and sexual assault among refugee women, to include sexual harassment education for resettled women and girls in Salt Lake City.

$2,000: Boys & Girls Clubs of Salt Lake

Supporting the delivery of the Safe Dates program at seven Boys & Girls Clubs locations in 2019, an evidence-based program for middle and high school students designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence, victimization, and perpetration.

“The collective action and genuine community present in the [Utah Women’s] Giving Circle makes membership very rewarding, all with a very accessible membership donation amount,” shared Pearl Wright, a longstanding member of more than five years, who voted at the event.

Stephanie Pitcher, a member of Utah’s House of Representatives and founder of the Utah Women’s Coalition, which received its very first grant from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle in 2016, reflected, “The one thing that’s always been really meaningful to us is the opportunity to be funded by women from our local community, which really speaks to the values in our state.”

Another two-time grantee, Tom Williams from Utah Public Radio, noted, “The Utah Women’s Giving Circle amplifies and enables the great work being done by many organizations in our state. Utah Public Radio is grateful for the support which enables us to fulfill important parts of our mission and share this work with our entire community.”

Membership is inclusive of women of all ages through a $250 annual donation or a $50 annual donation for girls under 18. Women can become Lifetime Members through a one-time gift of $1,000. Public and corporate donations and sponsorships are also welcome. For more information, visit www.utahwomensgivingcircle.com or email .

The Utah Women’s Giving Circle is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Foundation of Utah, a grantmaker and community partner dedicated to fostering innovation and executing evidence-based philanthropy. More information can be found at www.utahcf.org.

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