In 2018, the Daniels Fund provided $57.4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This includes more than $3.4 million in grants and scholarships in Utah. Since inception in 2000, the Daniels Fund has distributed $36.8 million in grants and scholarships in Utah.
Utah communities are benefiting from $2.2 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state in 2018. The Daniels Fund's Utah grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on collective impact programs that coordinate a shared strategic vision with numerous community partners. This model has proven successful by using resources wisely and eliminating duplication of services. In addition, the Daniels Fund provides a limited number of grants which focus on specific needs of the state and fit within the Daniels Fund’s grantmaking strategy.
Utah organizations that were awarded grants in 2018 include American Preparatory Academy, The Children's Center, Columbus Community Center, Community Foundation of Utah, Jewish Family Service, National Council on Teacher Quality, The Other Side Academy, Spectrum Academy, and University of Utah’s Brain Health Learning Center, in addition to continuing grant support for United Way of Northern Utah and United Way of Salt Lake.
In 2018, the Daniels Fund provided $1.2 million in scholarships to students in Utah through two distinct programs — the Daniels Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides funding to participating colleges to offer scholarships to non-traditional students.
The Daniels Fund provides also provided grant funding to the University of Utah for ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.
“As the owner of the Utah Stars American Basketball Association team in the early 1970s, Utah was important to Bill Daniels,” said Linda Childears, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “It was his hope that grants and scholarships such as these would help make life better for people across the state.”