The Utah Women’s Giving Circle, a group formed in 2011 to empower women and girls in Utah, awarded its fifth round of nonprofit grants after a live vote at the Natural History Museum of Utah. In an unprecedented decision reflecting the important projects presented by each competing organization, the group voted to distribute $20,000 across all six nonprofits on the ballot.
• Utah Public Radio
was awarded a $7,000 grant to curate a year-long series entitled, Objectified. More Than a Body, building off of the Giving Circle’s 2015 focus. Segments will address issues of health, well-being, and education specific to Utah women and girls.
• Holding Out HELP
an organization that has been helping women and girls successfully transition out of polygamy for eight years, received a $5,000 grant to implement critical support groups targeting body image, internalized self-worth, and confidence.
• Beauty Redefined
was awarded a $3,500 grant toward deploying their research-proven online body image course to female students at a Utah high school, paired with their nationally recognized school-wide presentation.
• Art Access
received a $2,500 award to support their 2016 Body Image Project, which will incorporate a gallery exhibition with diverse opportunities to deepen the conversation on the impact of body image on Utah women and girls.
• Utah State University’s Aggie Care Smart Girl Camp
was awarded $1,500 to support scholarships for low-income junior high girls in Northern Utah who would otherwise be unable to participate in this self-worth centered curriculum.
• Dixie State University’s Women’s Resource Center
was awarded $500 toward their Body Image Literacy Project, continuing an important campus-wide dialogue.
Peggy Hunt, founder and chair of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle, stated, “Collectively, we are not only making a significant impact on these organizations that are making great strides towards issues that are important to women and girls in our community, but we are also able to help provide a voice for these organizations, their missions, and for those they serve.”
About the Utah Women’s Giving Circle
The Utah Women’s Giving Circle is a philanthropic fund administered by the Community Foundation of Utah. Members have collectively invested more than $94,000 into empowering women and girls in Utah communities since its inception in Jan. 2011.
Membership is inclusive for women of all ages and incomes with 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 to the endowment fund, ensuring a strong future for the organization and women in Utah. Public and corporate donations are welcome. To learn more, visit http://utahwomensgivingcircle.com/
About the Community Foundation of Utah
The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. For more information, go to www.utahcf.org, call 801.559.3005, or email Community Foundation of Utah Director of Philanthropy, Katherine Fife at firstname.lastname@example.org.