LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund Announces 2017 Grantees

Congratulations to all of this year's LGBTQ Community Endowment grantees! 

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah was established in 2011, with an aim to strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community and our state as a whole. This year, $34,000 has been awarded to 11 organizations that were selected from a record number of competitive applicants.

“From providing shelter and other resources for LGBTQ homeless youth, to mentoring through art, and much more, the grant recipients are making a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of everyone in our state,” said Jane Marquardt, one of the founding committee members and donor to the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund. “Hearing of the work that these innovative organizations are engaging in is impressive. We are honored to support them with a modest, but hopefully significant, grant to help advance their efforts.”

2017 Grantees:

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

The Fund Selection Committee members (Jane Marquardt, Jim Dabakis, Carol Gnade, Michelle Turpin, Jeffrey Mathis, and Lauryn Hansen) are hosting a reception on August 29th at the S.J. Quinney College of Law building at the University of Utah. Open to the public, the reception will help foster collaboration, raise awareness, and provide extra support for nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community in Utah. In addition to receiving their grant awards, the 2017 grantees will each have an opportunity to give a five-minute pitch to compete for a share of $10,000 in additional funding available.

RSVP for the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund Grantee Reception on Tuesday, August 29th here.

Jane & Tami Marquardt are proud to support these great nonprofits that serve the LGBTQ community in Utah!

About the Community Foundation of Utah
The Community Foundation of Utah is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to be a catalyst for inclusive, visionary, and diverse philanthropy. They assist entities such as individuals and families, to organizations, corporations, and governments in establishing an array of charitable funds. Since its inception in 2008, over 200 funds have been managed and accounted for by the Community Foundation, which then deploys those funds through scholarships, grants, competitions, Program Related Investments, and other awards. For more information, please visit

About The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund
Established in 2011, the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund pools donations from members and allies of the LGBTQ community. Leveraging individual donations to increase the impact of those individual donations, the fund has awarded over $318,000 in grants since its inception.