Celebrating Utah's Philanthropists

Each November since 1999, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter (formerly Utah Society of Fund Raisers), Utah Nonprofits Association, and UServeUtah have celebrated Utah's outstanding philanthropists and volunteer leaders at the annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

In its first year, Utah Philanthropy Day recognized some very prestigious members of our community such as Jon and Karen Huntsman, Sr., Harris and Amanda Simmons and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. It was an honor to celebrate these fine individuals and organizations, and to continue to do so each year, carrying out the tradition of recognizing the ultimate in compassion brought forth in our community.

Seven prestigious awards along with the Heart & Hands Award honor the various components of the critical nexus between visionary, supportive philanthropy and thriving, creative nonprofit organizations that respond to community concerns and the need for change.

pdfPhilanthropy - Why It Matters and Why We Celebrate It


2019 Utah Philanthropy Day Committee

James & Andrea Clarke, Chairs, Clarke Capital Partners
Sharlene Wells,
Chair Elect
Heather Kahlert
, Past Chair, Kahlert Foundation
Angelina Kendzior, Event Coordinator 
Kristen Darrington, Zoo, Arts and Parks Program Director, Salt Lake County
Pearl Wright, Marketer and Global Changemaker

Host Organizations

Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA)

Kate Rubalcava, CEO, Utah Nonprofits Association
Laura Hadley, UNA Board Member, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Jill Bennet, Professional Development & Communications Director, Utah Nonprofits Association


LaDawn Stoddard, Director, UServeUtah
Sara Dorsey
, Outreach Coordinator, UServeUtah
Ruqia Qasim, Finance Specialist, UServeUtah

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter (AFP)

Robyn Jensen, Director of Institutional Advancement, Rowland Hall
Jessica Strike
, Partnerships Chair, Natural History Museum of Utah



Utah Philanthropy Day Photos