JANE MARQUARDT AND TAMI MARQUADRT JOIN THE LGBT COMMUNITY FUND TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL GRANT AWARDS

JANE AND TAMI MARQUADRT JOIN THE LGBT COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND AND THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF UTAH TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL GRANT AWARD RECEPTION

September 30, 2015
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 LGBT COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND AND THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF UTAH HOST FIRST ANNUAL GRANT AWARD RECEPTION

Awarding $53,500 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations in Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah –The LGBT Community Endowment Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Utah, awarded grants of $53,500 to 12 organizations throughout Utah who are addressing the most pressing issues of the LGBTQ community at a reception held in their honor at the new S.J. Quinney College of Law building at the University of Utah. Organized by the fund’s founders and selection committee, John Barabino, Jane Marquardt, Jim Dabakis, and Michelle Turpin, this event was created to spotlight the good work that is being done by nonprofits throughout the state.

“The LGBT Community Endowment allows many donors to invest in programs that are truly making a difference in the lives of all Utahns, gay and straight,” said Jane Marquardt, one of the LGBT Community Endowment Fund committee members, “From arts performance, youth mentoring, education, leadership training, financial assistance for medical and dental care for LGBT seniors, an internship, and more, the LGBT Fund is again demonstrating the power of LGBT philanthropy and its commitment to the health and wellbeing of everyone in our state.”

In addition to assisting nonprofits through awarding grants and raising awareness, the reception helped to foster collaboration and provide additional support for the LGBT community in Utah. After receiving grant awards, the 2015 grantees each had an opportunity to give a one-minute pitch for their organization.  Select judges in the audience were asked to cast their votes for their top three pitches who would receive an additional $3,000 that evening.  With an unexpended twist, a generous donor in attendance offered an additional $10,500 in order to ensure that all organizations received additional funding.  In the end, Youth Futures, Westminster College and OUTreach Resource Centers received the most votes and received an extra $1,500.  The other nine grantees each also received an additional $1,000.

“The positive impact of the LGBT community is evident in its intellectual, financial, community, family and artistic contributions. As one of the more than 200 philanthropic funds we manage, we are grateful to support their efforts, which better the lives of all Utahns,” explains Alex Eaton, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah.

Grants were awarded to:

The LGBT Community Endowment Fund was created to pool giving from members of the LGBT community and their allies. The fund has made over $250,000 in grants since its inception in 2011.  Individual donations are leveraged to make a more significant impact and to identify and support programs that may be less known by individual donors. To learn more about the fund, call the Community Foundation of Utah at (801) 559-3005 or visit www.utahcf.org.

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. Established in 2008, the Community Foundation of Utah is a private, not for profit organization created to harness Utah’s entrepreneurial spirit in service to the common good, through smart philanthropy. They assist individuals, families, corporations and governments in establishing an array of charitable funds. These 200 plus funds are invested, managed, and accounted for by the Foundation, and are deployed through scholarships, grants, competitions, Program Related Investments, and other awards.  All of this is done in an effort to support the people, places, and causes of Utah and beyond. For more information go to www.utahcf.org, call (801)559-3005, or email Community Foundation of Utah Executive Director, Alex Eaton at alex@utahcf.org.

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