United Way of Salt Lake announces $14 million 'gift to the community'

December 12, 2012
Author: Jerilyn Stowe

Part of ambitious goal for organization’s Changing the Odds campaign


SALT LAKE CITY –Utah’s major foundations, businesses, individuals and families have contributed a breathtaking $14.3 million to United Way of Salt Lake’s “Changing the Odds” campaign, the organization announced today.

United Way was hoping to raise $12 million dollars to announce on 12-12-12 at 12:12 p.m. The $14.3 million already promised surpasses its initial goal and brings United Way very close to its phase one goal of $15 million for the campaign.

“The gifts that these families, foundations, corporations and individuals have made to support our work are truly gifts to our entire community. What we can accomplish with their support will transform lives and neighborhoods today and for generations to come,” said Deborah Bayle, President and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake. “These resources will allow us to work toward our overall goal of creating self-reliance by ensuring that every child succeeds every step of the way, from cradle to career.”

United Way of Salt Lake launched the Changing the Odds campaign in January. The campaign is dedicated to ensuring that every child in Utah, regardless of his or her individual or family circumstances, has the same chance to succeed.

For the past year, United Way officials have been educating community and business leaders about its promise to transform lives and communities. Leaders made site visits of the organization’s 22 Neighborhood Centers to see firsthand the impact of United Way’s collective impact work.

The guiding philosophy behind Changing the Odds is called “collective impact.” This model requires deep collaboration betweenfoundations, businesses, cities, state government, schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations work together to achieve specific goals to advance the education, income and health of neighborhoods and communities and support children and families from cradle to career.

“United Way of Salt Lake’s new collective impact approach to solving community problems is truly transformative,” said Kem Gardner, co-chair of United Way’s Changing the Odds campaign. “By focusing on neighborhoods where the problems are the greatest, and bringing partners together to find solutions, we are doing more than helping one child beat the odds – we are changing the odds for entire communities.”

Visits to United Way’s Neighborhood Centers, which are integrated into schools, apartment complexes and other easy-to-access locations for low-income families, was a game changer for Allen Alexander, chairman, president and CEO of Savage.

“In addition to our company donating funds, which go directly toward fulfilling United Way’s promise to the community, every day you will find Savage employees volunteering their time at United Way Neighborhood Centers,” Alexander said. “United Way serves as the backbone organization for this work. They have brought so many people together to support real, lasting change for our citizens and communities.”

The centers are built on a foundation of improving academic achievement and provide other support programs to students and parents including tutoring, mentoring, afterschool programs, adult education and job training, basic health care, and much more.

The organization’s alliances with businesses, organizations, cities and school districts are known as “Promise Partnerships.” United Way of Salt Lake facilitates seven Promise Partnerships in Clearfield, Kearns, West Valley, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Park City, and a unique partnership focused on refugee youth.

Today, because of the funds already pledged to the campaign by lead donors, United Way also announced a new Promise Partnership in Midvale.

“More than ever, I believe that with our focus on neighborhoods and families, we will create lasting changes today, and for many years to come,” said Kathie Miller, Changing the Odds campaign co-chair. “Investing in children and families is my legacy to this community.”

Lead donors to the Changing the Odds campaign, recognized at today’s event, include:

$1 million and above


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

Kem C. and Carolyn Gardner Family

Julianne Gardner Arnell and Weston Arnell

Susan Gardner Folau and Sitani Folau

Andrew Barnes Gardner and Angela Gardner

Christian Kem Gardner and Marie Gochnour Gardner

Matthew Lincoln and Amy Gardner

Kimberly Gardner Martin and JT Martin

Jon and Karen Huntsman

Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation

The Mark & Kathie Miller Foundation


The Weinholtz Family Foundation

$750,000 and above

Intermountain Healthcare

$500,000 and above

The Boyer Company

JPMorgan Chase 

Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson

Sorenson Impact Foundation

Zions Bank


$250,000 and above

Goldman Sachs 



$100,000 and above

Wells Fargo 


$75,000 and above

KeyBank and KeyBank Foundation


$50,000 and above


Allen and Denise Alexander

Ron and Janet Jibson

John and Anne Milliken

Sean and Catherine Slatter


Up to $49,999

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Sheryl and John Allen

Deborah S. Bayle

Mark and Karen Bouchard Family Trust

Chris and Mark Bray

Christine and Mike Buckley

Dave and Lori Buhler

Mona Burton

Rulon M. and Rebecca J. Dutson

Cecelia H. Foxley, Ph.D.

Laren Gertsch

Jamie L. Glenn

Chris and Natalie Gochnour

David and Deanna Golden

Neil and Ashley Hafer

Tim and Jessica Hodge

George and Sara Hofmann

Cathy Caputo Hoskins

Representative Gregory H. Hughes

Jeff and Jane Larsen

Blake Larson

LeeAnne and Chris Linderman

Tom and Jamie Love

Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Benjamin M. McAdams

Mikelle Moore

Ray and Janet Pickup

Bruce and Lu Anne Reese

Gavin and Nicole Reese

Kevin and Holly Ricklefs

Rocky Mountain Power

Kevin and Lois Salmon 

Jeff and Karen Simpson

Jennifer and Shane Smith

Dr. Charles W. and Sharee Sorenson

Lane and Marilyn Summerhays

O.C. Tanner Company

Jason and Jill Taylor

Karma Thomson

Scott and Sue Ulbrich

Craig and Christy Wagstaff

Rick and Karen Widner

South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood

Thomas and Caroline Wright

Carol and Craig Zollinger


For more information about United Way of Salt Lake and its Changing the Odds campaign, please visit www.uw.org/ourpromise.