Jane and Tami's Story
Jane and Tami’s philanthropic activities are rooted in values of peace, love and creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential. They primarily focus their philanthropy in three areas: advocating for social justice and equality, creating opportunities for women and children, and ensuring access to legal assistance and protections for those less fortunate. Jane is an experienced attorney and businesswoman. Tami, her spouse, is a counselor and former school psychologist and high school English teacher.
Jane and Tami have combined their skill sets to help ensure that all people are immersed in welcoming environments where they can explore their identity and develop their authentic selves. Together, their primary goal is to create a community that celebrates diversity and values people regardless of their gender, orientation, or circumstance.
SOCIAL JUSTICE & EQUALITY
With deep roots in Utah, Jane and Tami have directed most of their philanthropic giving to people and causes in northern Utah. As a founding contributor to Weber State’s LGBT Resource Center, Jane was invited to speak at the Resource Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. In her remarks she noted that both she and Tami have firsthand experience with intolerance.
Under the purview of Weber State’s LGBT Resource center, Jane and Tami founded the “Peace & Possibility” speaker series, inviting advocates to speak on issues affecting the LGBTQ community and cultivating a culture of inclusiveness on the Weber State campus and beyond.
Jane and Tami have been committed supporters of Equality Utah (EU) since its inception as Unity Utah in 2001. Since then, Jane has served on both the board and advisory council in critical leadership roles. Over the past 15 years, Jane and Tami are two of EU’s biggest donors. Tami’s service includes having served on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign, the board of the Utah Pride Center, and acting as the Interim Executive Director for the Utah Pride Center.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN LEADERSHIP
Throughout her career, Jane has played an active role in creating opportunities for women. Her contributions include serving on a statewide task force on domestic violence, co-authoring Utah’s first spouse abuse protective order legislation, and actively participating in programs encouraging women to pursue their professional goals.
In 1993, Jane started the Weber State’s Phoenix Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship is given to students who are involved in the Gender & Women’s Studies program and seeks to assist students who actively enhance the education of women and gender issues across campus. Thanks to Jane and Tami’s unwavering monetary and personal support, this fund has been responsible for awarding over 30 scholarships since its inception.
Tami is a strong proponent of creating career opportunities for women, especially through her career as a high school teacher and counselor. As a teacher, Tami organized conferences to encourage girls to graduate and pursue careers, and she has led powerful demonstrations showing female students how they can take control of their futures.
LEGAL ACCESS AND PROTECTIONS
Jane is a long-time advocate for the underserved who do not have adequate access to the legal system. She began her legal career at Utah Legal Services providing disadvantaged people with high-quality legal services. Throughout her legal career, Jane has been active in programs that broaden an individual’s access to justice. She also started a successful program to represent abused children in juvenile court.
In her position at Management & Training Corporation (MTC), Jane plays a critical role in helping the underserved gain access to academic and training credentials necessary to help them reach their professional goals. MTC focuses on supporting, training, and preparing individuals to lead independent and self-fulfilling lives.
Tami and Jane have been supporters of Plan-B for many years, a local theater company presenting primarily original plays of Utah playwrights. Tami is also a long-time member of the board. Plan-B offers theater that entertains, educates and creates conversation.
In addition, Jane and Tami helped create the Human Rights Gallery at Salt Lake City’s Leonardo Museum. This gallery frequently showcases exhibits that illustrate the history of the civil rights movement.
They have helped fund two documentaries created by filmmaker Daniel Karslake. For The Bible Tells Me So is a 2007 groundbreaking film that explores the intersection between religion and homosexuality. (This documentary crashed the Netflix server when Katy Perry tweeted how much she loved it.) Every Three Seconds, a 2014 film, tells the story of five individuals who take action to help solve hunger and extreme poverty in their communities. This film highlights how choosing action over apathy can help solve challenging social problems.