SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's outstanding philanthropists and volunteer leaders will be honored at the 2010 Utah Philanthropy Day luncheon this month.
Each year since 1999, the Utah Nonprofits Association and the Utah Society of Fund Raisers have honored leaders in philanthropy by presenting these service-oriented people with awards at a gala luncheon. This year's event will be at Little America Hotel, Thursday, Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Five prestigious awards honor the various components of the critical link between supportive philanthropy and thriving, creative nonprofit organizations that respond to community concerns and the need for change. The 2010 awardees include:
Philanthropic Leadership Award - Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles
Foundation Spirit of Giving Award - Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation
Corporate Spirit of Giving Award - Park City Mountain Resort
Outstanding Young Volunteer Award - Justin Jarman
Norma Matheson Outstanding Volunteer Award - Scott C. Ulbrich
Full bios of awardees can be found at www.utahphilanthropyday.org
In addition, member organizations of the Utah Nonprofits Association and Utah Society of Fund Raisers honor an individual or couple with a 'Heart & Hands Award.' This distinction recognizes those who make significant contributions through volunteer or philanthropic service. Each Heart & Hands Award honoree receives a pin, a certificate, and special recognition during the Philanthropy Day luncheon.
This year's honorary chairs are Carol and John H. Firmage III, who were awardees in 2009. The Firmages were recognized for their history of generosity and outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. Their personal gifts of direct financial support continue to inspire others to take leadership roles in philanthropy. Ken Verdoia, KUED-TV's Director of Production, will once again emcee the luncheon.
The Utah Nonprofits Association was formed in 1990 and is dedicated to building the capacity of Utah's nonprofit organizations. The Association's mission is to strengthen and promote the success of the Utah nonprofit community. UNA provides resources and support to enhance leadership and management practices and standards of excellence for nonprofit organizations in Utah; promotes a greater understanding of the significant role nonprofit organizations play in creating a vibrant community; facilitates networking, collaboration and the sharing of ideas; and represent the best interests of Utah's nonprofit community.
The Utah Society of Fund Raisers was established in 1985 to address and support the educational needs of Salt Lake City's growing population of development professionals. This professional organization is committed to serving Utah's nonprofit institutions through advocacy, training and education.