In 2020, the Daniels Fund provided $4.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students in Utah. Since inception in 2000, the Daniels Fund has distributed $45 million in grants and scholarships in the state. The Daniels Fund provided more than $64.9 million in grants and scholarships throughout its four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in 2020.
Communities across Utah are benefiting from $3 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state in 2020. The Daniels Fund’s Utah grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on collective impact programs that coordinate a shared strategic vision with numerous community partners, with a limited number of additional grants focused on specific needs of the state.
The Daniels Fund’s grantmaking actively addressed the unique challenges its communities faced in 2020, providing $255,000 in COVID-19 response grants to nonprofit partners in Utah to help those most affected by the pandemic.
“2020 was a year of unprecedented and unique challenges across our community,” said Hanna Skandera, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “Our grantees demonstrated agility as they swiftly pivoted in light of new challenges and we are grateful for their continued impact on those in need.”
Organizations that were awarded grants for programs in Utah in 2020 include American Preparatory Academy, Children's Center, Columbus Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Kids on the Move, Libertas Institute, Positive Coaching Alliance, Sutherland Institute, United Way of Northern Utah, United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Food Bank, and Work Activity Center, in addition to continuing grant support for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Utah students received $1.5 million in scholarships through the Daniels Fund’s two distinct scholarship programs. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Daniels Scholars have attended more than 400 colleges in 48 states. The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program provides funding to participating colleges to offer scholarships to non-traditional students.
The Daniels Fund also provided grant funding to the University of Utah for ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program.