Letter: Thank you, Utah

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Utah has again demonstrated that it is the most generous state in the nation. During Love UT Give UT, 10,562 Utahns contributed $1,058,839 to 460 of their favorite nonprofits and schools.

Congratulations are due to the winners of our friendly competition for the most number of individual donors: the Girl Scouts in large nonprofits, the Sharing Place in the medium group, Utah FACES in the small category, and Salt Lake Arts Academy in schools and universities.

This is a community effort, supported by more than 50 businesses, foundations and associations. Special events were held in towns across Utah, DJs pushed their favorite charities, and a live stream-a-thon was held at "Love Central" at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, Mountain America Credit Union and the lead sponsors: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, Ally Bank and Chevron, whose support created an astonishing 1,700 percent return on investment!

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, sustainable and inclusive. Love UT Give UT, and the response it engenders, is a demonstration of our mission. Thank you to all who heard the call to "give where you live."

Fraser Nelson

Salt Lake City

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