Nonprofits looking for donation love during marathon fundraiser

Love Utah Give Utah is a 24 hour fundraiser for nonprofit organizations in Utah.

Love Utah Give Utah is a 24 hour fundraiser for nonprofit organizations in Utah.

The countdown is on for 24 hours of giving to your favorite nonprofit through Love Utah Give Utah.

Project Read, based in Provo, is hoping to raise $1,000 this year for one-on-one tutoring services for functionally illiterate adults, said program coordinator Millie Jones. The tutoring helps people further their education, get better employment or even just be able to read notes their children bring home from school. The organization participated in the fundraiser last year, but didn’t reach its goal. This year it’s put more time and effort into getting the word out about the fundraiser.

“We’re hoping for a better outcome,” Jones said.

The day-long fundraiser is hosted by the Community Foundation of Utah, with 5.9 percent of each donation going to the Razoo Foundation for expenses including credit card fees and 1.5 percent to the Community Foundation of Utah for the cost of managing and administering the fundraiser. But donors can cover those fees separately from the donation itself, so that 100 percent of a donation goes to a nonprofit. No corporate or private foundations, political organizations or places of worship are eligible to participate.

And in addition to donations, nonprofits will get prizes for the most unique donors, in categories based on size or type, with top prizes of $10,000.

There are hundreds of organizations participating this year, from Habitat for Humanity of Utah County, which will use the money to build a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home in American Fork, to Mountain West Mothers Milk Bank, which will use the money to hire staff, buy supplies and collect more than 120,000 ounces of breast milk this year.

If you want to give to animals, they include:

Utah Valley Animal Rescue

Donations will be used to provide microchips, vaccinations and spay/neuter services and medical care to pets.

Canines with a Cause Foundation

The organization rescues dogs from shelters, trains them and gives them to veterans as service dogs and companions. Donations will provide spay or neuter services, microchips, supplies and training courses.

Ogden Nature Center

Donations will be used to upgrade and improve mews for birds of prey.

If you want to give to kids and families, they include:

Youth Futures

Donations will be used for staffing, supplies and more at the home, which provides shelter for homeless and unaccompanied children ages 12-17.

Utah Youth Village

Donations will be used for residential treatment for troubled children, specifically to help children in the organization’s group homes, Treatment Foster Homes or families in the Families First Program.

My Story Matters

Donations will be used to provide a custom life story to children and families in need — those with cancer, terminal illnesses, who are homeless or have experienced a family death. Volunteers interview children and families and photograph them for each custom book.

If you want to give to community organizations, they include:

National Ability Center

Donations will pay for adaptive swim lessons for children, sled hockey lessons, nordic programs and therapeutic riding lessons.

United Jewish Federation of Utah

Donations will go to the organization, which cares for those in need, deepens the engagement in Jewish life and strengthens bonds among Jews in Utah.

Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources Inc

Donations will help the Pacific Island community-based organization with violence prevention, economic development and heritage preservation.

There also are nonprofits dedicated to arts and culture, health, environment, humanitarian and education.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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