What We Do

The Community Foundation of Utah meets pressing community needs and provides resources to serve our community in perpetuity. 

What We Do

The Community Foundation of Utah (CFU) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by giving well, teaching others to give well, and uniting philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Utah. CFU serves as Utah’s catalyst for philanthropy through innovative, sustainable, and impactful grantmaking and works with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals to target the most pressing needs in our community.

CFU makes giving easy. By performing due diligence on our donors' behalf, we ensure that charities are thoroughly vetted. We also know Utah nonprofits and work with donors to make impactful gifts to the charities or causes they love. Additionally, CFU accepts complex assets, allowing donors to give in the way that is most beneficial to them and the community. These complex assets include:

  • Highly appreciated stock
  • Real estate
  • LLCs
  • C-Corp
  • S-Corp (at a reduced UBIT)

Fund Types

Fast Facts

  • Founded: 2008
  • Grants Awarded in 2017: $12+ million 
  • Grants Awarded Since Inception: $50+ million
  • Assets Under Supervision: $55.4 million
  • Charitable Funds: 200+

2017 Annual Report

What is a Community Foundation?

The first community foundation was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914, heralding the rise of a new form of collective, community-focused philanthropy. Until our establishment in 2008, Utah was the last state in the nation without a statewide community foundation. Today, the Community Foundation of Utah is part of a network of over 800 community foundations nationwide.