United Way of Salt Lake announces $14 million 'gift to the community'December 12, 2012
Author: Jerilyn Stowehttp://www.uw.org/news-events/media-room-/press-releases/
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
$500,000 and above
The Boyer Company
Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson
Sorenson Impact Foundation
$250,000 and above
$100,000 and above
$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
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
Rulon M. and Rebecca J. Dutson
Cecelia H. Foxley, Ph.D.
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
LeeAnne and Chris Linderman
Tom and Jamie Love
Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Benjamin M. McAdams
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
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.