Last month, the Community Foundation of Utah hosted a celebration of Utah not-for-profit organizations that support and empower the LGBTQ community, as well as the collective good that has been accomplished by all allies who contribute to the LGBT Community Endowment Fund. The event was held on September 16 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Grant check which ranged in size from $1,000 to $5,000 were awarded to a dozen different nonprofits, totaling as much as $40,000 awarded overall. Held to honor the incredible work accomplished by all nonprofit organizations in attendance, the event will highlight the successes of each group in the preceding year, as well as their upcoming projects to continue working for the betterment of Utah’s LGBTQ community members.
Representatives from each nonprofit grantee offered a one-minute pitch of their project or organization which at times resulted in as much as an additional $1,500 in funding. Jane Marquardt was proud to serve on the board of select judges in attendance who weighed in on these pitches, along with fellow selection committee members that included Jim Dabakis and Michelle Turpin (among other donors and supporters).
The nonprofit grantees who sent representatives included:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
- Equality Utah
- J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
- Office of Inclusion and Outreach, University of Utah
- OUTreach Resource Centers
- Pioneer Craft House
- Senior Charity Care Foundation
- UMOCA Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
- Utah Film Center
- Utah Pride Center
- Westminster College
- Youth Futures
The LGBT Community Endowment Fund is just one of more than two hundred different philanthropic funds that the Community Foundation of Utah oversees. This specific endowment represents a united effort to support the LGBT community be creating space to receive and direct the largest, most meaningful contribution of donors willing to fund positive change and progress within the state of Utah. Since its establishment in 2011, the LGBT Community Fund has granted $243,600 to 20 nonprofit organizations.
Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 in size and have been allocated to a dizzying variety of efforts. These include arts performance, youth mentoring, education, legal aid, anti-bullying, aid to rural organizations focused on the LGBT community, college internships, and more. This collective action illustrates the power of LGBT philanthropy and the community’s dedication to the safety, health, and happiness of all Utah’s citizens, regardless of sexual or gender identity.