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UPR Interview: After #MeToo Panelists

On April 23rd, our Spring panelists joined Tom Williams on Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah program to ask: Now What?

Last year, the Giving Circle asked, How can we take a stand against sexual harassment? In our own lives, in our families, in our communities?

In 2019, the Giving Circle asks, How can we reweave the fabric of gender culture and create healthy relationships?

On October 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano sent out a pivotal message on Twitter: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

The response were shocking.

Within 24 hours, her request generated thousands of replies, comments and retweets, inspiring thousands more original posts on social media, with women and men from around the world sharing personal stories that had often never been disclosed.

The #MeToo movement kicked off numerous important conversations, movements and legislation. In this interview, we asked: What Now?

How can each of us take an active role in reweaving the gender culture in our country?

Featuring: 

Christina Jepson, the chair of the Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Employment and Labor Law practice group, regularly representing employers in sexual harassment lawsuits and providing training and consultation to shift corporate culture.

Jennifer Oxborrow, the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and in addition to her work in advocacy, Jenn has worked as a therapist in private practice serving adults and children with a history of trauma and victimization.

Tiffany Turley, the Title IX Coordinator at Brigham Young University, serving as the director of BYU’s Women’s Services & Resources prior to that. Tiffany is a passionate advocate for women and a certified sexual assault crisis counselor.

Listen in to the recording here.

Congratulations to our 2018 Grantees!

UTAH WOMEN’S GROUP INVESTS MORE THAN $150,000 INTO WOMEN & GIRLS FOLLOWING EIGHTH  YEAR OF AWARDING GRANTS  

Salt Lake City, Utah –– The Utah Women’s Giving Circle, a grassroots group formed in 2011 to  award grants to nonprofits in Utah whose programs benefit women and girls in Utah, awarded its eighth round of grants on Thursday, January 24th.  In the past eight years the Utah Women’s Giving Circle has awarded  more than $150,000 in grants  with a total of 41 high impact projects.

Eight local nonprofits made it to the final ballot and made in-person presentations for  $17,000 in funds with projects targeting the group’s 2018 focus on sexual harassment, mirroring the prominent cultural movement taking place across the country. Members voted to award their collective pool of $17,000 across five initiatives:

$5,000 Grant: Utah Rape Recovery Center

Financing the production of targeted public service announcements tackling the subject of sexual harassment from the lens of enthusiastic consent, encouraging Utahn’s to consider the many ways that a consent culture can be created here in our state.

$4,000 Grant: Utah Women’s Coalition

Funding to support policy change in the 2019 legislative session to protect Utah workers employed at companies with 14 or fewer employees, who currently have no legal protection from sexual harassment or discrimination based on gender, religion, age, disability, race, national origin, or sexual orientation.

$3,000 Grant: Utah Public Radio

Funding the 2019 Access Utah original series “Stopping Sexual Harassment” paired with a community outreach event to raise awareness, share experiences and expertise, and collectively seek solutions to solve the problem of sexual harrassment.

$3,000 Grant: International Rescue Committee

Supporting the expansion of the Bridge to Safety program, which responds to domestic violence and sexual assault among refugee women, to include sexual harassment education for resettled refuge women and girls in Salt Lake City.

$2,000 Grant: Boys & Girls Clubs of Salt Lake

Supporting the delivery of the Safe Dates program at seven Boys & Girls Clubs locations in 2019, an evidence-based program for middle and high school students designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence, victimization, and perpetration.

“The collective action and genuine community present in the Giving Circle makes membership very rewarding, all with a very accessible membership donation amount,” shared Pearl Wright, a longstanding member of more than five years who voted  in person at the event.

Stephanie Pitcher, a member of Utah’s House of Representatives and founder of the Utah Women’s Coalition, which received it’s very first grant from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle in 2016 and another award this year reflected, said “The one thing that’s always been really meaningful to us is the opportunity to be funded by women from our local community, which really speaks to the values in our state.”

Another two-time grantee, Tom Williams from Utah Public Radio noted, “The Utah Women’s Giving Circle amplifies and enables the great work being done by many organizations in our state. Utah Public Radio is grateful for the support which enables us to fulfill important parts of our mission and share this work with our entire community.”


Membership is inclusive for women of all ages and incomes through a $250 annual donation or a $50 annual donation for girls under 18. Women can become Lifetime Members through a one-time gift of $1,000. Public and corporate donations and sponsorship are also welcome. For more information, visit www.utahwomensgivingcircle.com or email wgc@utahcf.org.

The Utah Women’s Giving Circle is fiscally sponsored by the Community Foundation of Utah, a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. More information can be found at www.utahcf.org.   

2015 Grant Awards – Objectified. More Than a Body

2015 Grant Awardees

2015 Grant Awardees

On January 27th, members of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle voted to distribute $20,000 across all six nonprofit organizations on the ballot, an unprecedented decision reflecting the important projects presented by each organization:

Utah Public Radio was awarded a $7,000 grant to curate a year-long series entitled, Objectified. More Than a Body, building off of the Giving Circle’s 2015 focus. Segments will address issues of health, well-being, and education specific to Utah women and girls.

Holding Out HELP, an organization that has been helping women and girls successfully transition out of polygamy for eight years, received a $5,000 grant to implement critical support groups targeting body image, internalized self-worth, and confidence.

Beauty Redefined was awarded a $3,500 grant toward deploying their research-proven online body image course to female students at a Utah high school, paired with their nationally recognized school-wide presentation.

Art Access received a $2,500 award to support their 2016 Body Image Project, which will incorporate a gallery exhibition with diverse opportunities to deepen the conversation on the impact of body image on Utah women and girls.

Utah State University’s Aggie Care Smart Girl Camp was awarded $1,500 to support scholarships for low-income junior high girls in Northern Utah who would otherwise be unable to participate in this self worth centered curriculum.

Dixie State University’s Women’s Resource Center was awarded $500 toward their Body Image Literacy Project, continuing an important campus-wide dialogue.

The Giving Circle leverages small donations from everyday philanthropists into powerful grants that create genuine impact in the community, empowering Utah women and girls.

With this round of grants, the Giving Circle has invested more than $93,000 back into the Utah community.  

In 2016, the Giving Circle asks, How can we open our eyes to our Implicit Bias?

Each year, the Lifetime Members of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle come together to provide guidance and direction to the Circle.

In November, the Lifetime Members addressed our mission, identifying the need to clearly communicate our role as an advocate for Utah women and girls – both through key events that open dialogues and minds AND through our unique grant making process.

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In 2016, the Utah Women’s Giving Circle asks: 

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Join us for our Spring and Fall events to delve into this key focus, become aware of your own biases, and discover how you can challenge these hidden beliefs to empower yourself and the women and girls in your life.

Announcing our 2015 Focus

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The Giving Circle’s lifetime members came together in the Fall to set the course for an even bigger impact.

In 2015, the Giving Circle will be focusing in on a pervasive barrier to women’s empowerment: the objectification of women and girls and the many ways that the inherent value of a woman is undermined.

Our vision is a sustained conversation within our community, leading to action, targeted grants, and an enduring impact.

Our 2015 events will shed light on this focused topic, spur dialogue, and create momentum around actions that we can all take to support a foundational view of women and girls as uniquely powerful individuals with limitless potential at school, at work, and as leaders in their homes and communities.

Dorsey & Whitney has aligned with our 2015 focus as the leading sponsor. We invite your company to join them in recognizing the true value of Utah’s women and girls.

Contact us for more information at wgc@utahcf.org for more information or download the pledge form here.

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Announcing our 2014 Grant Awards!

Annual Voting PartyLast night, more than 50 of our members came together with a dozen representatives of the nonprofits on our ballot to learn more about these incredible organizations and vote to award our fourth cycle of grants.

As always, the Annual Voting Party left a deep imprint on all of us involved. With more than 55 initial applications, narrowing down the ballot to nine nonprofit programs was already a difficult process. After hearing from each of these worthy organizations, the wait while votes were counted was full of excitement and anticipation.

We were honored to award $23,000 in grants to these four fabulous nonprofits:

SmartGirls$8,000 Grant:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake & Weber-Davis
SMART Girls Program

The SMART Girls Program engages small groups in informational and experiential learning activities to empower female club members with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices.

cfsc$8,000 Grant:
Child & Family Support Center of Cache County
Women’s Sexual Assault Therapy Group

Groups are designed to help 60+ participants understand and overcome emotional challenges, achieve and maintain healthy relationships, and prepare to accomplish their goals with confidence.

Erin Kimball Foundation$5,000 Grant:
Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation
H.O.M.E. Program

H.O.M.E. (Housing, Options, Mentoring, Empowerment) is a bridge from shelter to independence, providing transitional housing and support services to women forced into homelessness by domestic violence and sexual assault.

UforV$2,000 Grant:
Utah for Veterans
Women Warrior Trips to Zion

Women Warrior Trips to Zion National Park for two groups of 4 Utah veterans who have experienced sexual assault or harassment with the support of a volunteer therapist.

Congratulations to our 2014 grantees!

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Recognizing our Members with Multiple Lives

The Utah Women’s Giving Circle is an organic and tight-knit group of women who are committed to creating a state where every woman and girl has every opportunity to thrive.

This past year, the Giving Circle opened up the opportunity to become a Lifet

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ime Member through a $1,000 donation to the endowment, creating a lifetime impact. But this wasn’t enough for some of our incredible members.

Last night, at the annual Voting Party, the Giving Circle was proud to recognize Linda Johnson and Sallie Shatz for living up to more than one life and making additional $1,000 donations to the Giving Circle’s endowment.

Thanks to these dedicated women, the Giving Circle has established the Nine Lives Award to recognize them and future Lifetime Members living up to multiple lives!

Grantee Impact: Women of the World

466-300x200Women of the World is a small organization making a big impact for women refugees in Utah. Samira Harnish and new case manager Abby Bossart made it clear how important every dollar is to their work with our $2,500 grant going toward the funding of Abby’s position.

Women of the World empowers refugee women to make Utah their home, learning practical English, gaining an understanding of human rights in the United States, and gaining skills toward self-sufficiency within a circle of women who can relate to their experience.

“Women of the World fosters an environment where refugee women themselves play a vital role in helping the community of refugee women to succeed, not just themselves.

Life is stressful and full of challenges for the refugee ladies we serve. Everyday is spent trying to tackle a new system, care for their families, figure out bills, and on top of everything else take English classes and GED prep classes to create a brighter future.

With the grant from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle, I was able to be a key advocate to many refugee ladies here in Utah. From gathering and giving donations to prepare for the winter weather ahead, to helping clients apply for colleges and Universities, I am proud of the women and their accomplishments and continued successes.”

– Abby Bossart

We encourage our members to continue to donate to those organizations that inspire them.

You can learn more about Women of the World here and make a donation here.

Grantee Impact: Girls on the Run

4H0A5643The 2014 Girls on the Run youth development program for young girls in the 3rd through 8th grades was delivered to 78 teams and directly impacted 1,129 girls.

Our grant of $2,500 provided scholarships to 64 low-income girls, empowering them through improved body image, a stronger sense of self, new teamwork skills, and the confidence that comes from finishing something quite difficult: a 5K race celebration at Sugarhouse Park.

Around 6,000 women were additional impacted by this program through mentoring and race involvement and more 3,000 racers and spectators turned out for the culmination.

4H0A5790“…we saw the power of Girls on the Run with 5th grader “Eva.”  Eva participated in GOTR Spring 2014. Eva is overweight and struggles with issues of self-confidence.  Participating in GOTR was not always easy for Eva, and coaches shared that she sometimes complained or even quit during practice. However, she stuck with GOTR, gaining new friends and new confidence along the way. At the 5k, Eva pushed herself and finished strong, smiling when her family and team members cheered her across the finish line.  After the race, Eva was beaming and talked about how proud of herself she was and her plans to continue running at the park during the summer.”

– Peggy Paterson, Principal of Lincoln Elementary

We encourage our members to continue to donate to those organizations that inspire them.

You can learn more about Girls on the Run here and make a donation here.