Celebration of Service Honoree, President’s Award for Excellence: Daniels Fund

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Digital Marketing Director

Today is the big day! We are so excited for Celebration of Service! We have one more honoree before today’s event!

At this annual event, United Way of Salt Lake has the great privilege to honor outstanding individuals and organizations in our neighborhoods and communities. These people and organizations are truly making a difference, proving every day what it means to LIVE UNITED. The honorees of the 2015 Celebration of Service awards are committed to working with United Way of Salt Lake to solve our communities’ toughest challenges. They engage their will, passion, expertise, and resources to improve lives and build a stronger community for us all.

We hope you will be joining us in celebration of their
contributions at this fun and inspiring event!

Daniels FundToday, we are thrilled to announce the President’s Award for Excellence: Daniels Fund.

This award recognizes individuals or organizations that champion United Way of Salt Lake’s efforts to create lasting change in our community through collaboration, leadership, commitment, resources and time spent working to solve community problems. The award demonstrates outstanding commitment to the mission of United Way Salt Lake.

United Way of Salt Lake is proud to partner with some of the most profound and inspiring institutions in the country, and Daniels Fund is no exception. On November 19, 2014 at its third annual Funders Summit, United Way of Salt Lake was privileged to highlight a significant strategic partnership with Daniels Fund. Committed to fulfilling Bill Daniels’ vision to make life better for the people of Utah, the Denver-based foundation aligned a $5 million investment to strengthen United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partners and Community Schools—helping to ensure every child succeeds, every step of the way, from cradle to career. By aligning goals of both organizations to ensure the best possible impact when addressing the needs of our community, this investment in Utah’s future will make an impact on at-risk students, and their families, for years to come.

Daniels Fund New Scholars at Capitol

It is an honor to recognize Daniels Fund for its exceptional commitment to the community and to changing the odds with the 2015 President’s Awards for Excellence.

Zions Bank: Leading the Way in Our Community!

allison-tby Allison Temnick
Community Investment Advisor

As any Utahn knows, Zions Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in our area. With over 125 branches spread across Utah and Idaho, Zions has a huge presence in our community. Its impact spreads far beyond banking—you would be hard pressed to find a major sporting event or cultural activity in Salt Lake that Zions Bank did not help to support. What some people don’t know is that Zions’ impact in the community is about much more than sponsorships. Zions has shown its commitment by being one of United Way of Salt Lake’s biggest supporters, and this year’s United Way campaign was no exception.

Zions 1(1)Because of its huge size, Zions has various locations with significantly different styles for both work and fundraising. At the Zions Bank Building, Campaign Manager Stephanie Horne, invited employees to get a professional headshot taken for a donation to United Way. Additionally, executives like Scott Anderson, Harris Simmons, and LeeAnne Linderman promoted the campaign internally. At TOPS, a group that is a part of Zions Bancorporation in West Valley, employees purchased casual day stickers, hosted bake sales, and even manned a root-beer-float cart that they wheeled around the office throughout the week. The treasury management department decided to get involved with United Way year-round through volunteerism. They toured Guadalupe School, a United Way of Salt Lake Community School, and agreed to participate in the after-school program on a monthly basis. On top of all of these things, Zions hosted two leadership lunches, six workplace presentations, and hosted an online auction to raise additional funds for United Way. Clearly, Zions employees went above and beyond during this year’s campaign!

When it was all said and done, Zions raised over $30,000 more than they did last year for United Way of Salt Lake! Additionally, Zions organized United Way campaigns for all Zions employees, and Zions employees were able to raise over $730,000 for United Ways in Utah and Idaho.

LeeAnne 2Thank you Zions for LIVING UNITED and reminding us
that you haven’t forgotten who keeps you in business!

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What Makes the Difference? WCF Gets Up Close and Personal at Community Schools!

james-brownby James Brown
Community Investment Advisor

Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) is dedicated to creating strong communities across the State of Utah. This is particularly true within the United Way of Salt Lake service area, and WCF had the opportunity to prove this, once again, with its most recent contribution to United Way of Salt Lake.

There are not enough positive adjectives in the English language to describe the amazing campaign Workers Compensation Fund held for its employees, but words like outstanding, tremendous, and generous are a good place to start! Wanting to surpass last year’s success, the WCF United Way committee set a company goal to raise $18,000 more than the previous year. WCF employees have been long-time generous supporters of United Way of Salt Lake, but this year, employees went above and beyond the corporate call to participate. Not only was the new goal met, but WCF employees blew their goal out of the water by raising an additional $20,000 on top of the goal, an increase of $38,000 over their last year’s campaign!

WCF Kick-Off When asked what the difference was, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Peggy Larsen, responded with WCF’s idea to give all WCF employees a first-hand look at what United Way of Salt Lake is doing in the community. WCF President and CEO, Ray Pickup, invited all WCF employees to attend a site visit at one of United Way of Salt Lake’s Community Schools. Prior to WCF’s campaign kick-off, 195 WCF employees attended 20 different site visits over a three week period. The results will blow you away!

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WCF Site Visit 3WCF Site Visit 476 percent of WCF employees who attended a site visit, increased their charitable contribution from the prior year’s gift. We had the great privilege of hearing from some of these employees about their experiences at the Community School and at the WCF Campaign Kick-off Meeting.

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To summarize President and CEO Ray Pickup:

 WCF employees don’t give because they are rewarded with a casual dress sticker, WCF employees give because they care about the community in which they live.

And it’s true. As stated earlier, Workers Compensation Fund is dedicated to creating strong communities. Their employee charitable giving campaign is only one of the many ways WCF has chosen to give back. We look forward to working with them on many upcoming volunteer projects!

Thank you, Workers Compensation Fund,
for showing us what it means to LIVE UNITED!

BMW of Murray and Tesoro = An Exciting Celebration of Service Giveaway!

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Digital Marketing Director

UWSL’s Celebration of Service event is coming up on May 27! In addition to honoring some of our community’s most amazing leaders, one of the most exciting parts of this event is naming the winner of our BMW and Tesoro giveaway!


BMW of Murray is giving away a one-year lease on a fancy new BMW, and in addition, Tesoro is giving away a year’s worth of free gas! We have a total of 10 finalists; one lucky winner will be chosen for this amazing prize!

Finalists all attended a UWSL presentation at their workplace. At this presentation, employees are able to learn more about how UWSL is changing the odds for kids and families, and how they can get involved in making our community a better place to live and work. After attending this presentation, employees then entered to win. Once finalists were identified, we surprised them all at their workplace with balloons and the chance to see the BMW up close!

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This year, our finalists are:

Seth Johnson, Cargill
Ann Flade, Earnst and Young
Joni Melton, Questar Gas
Jarom Call, Questar Gas
Angela Hatch, SelectHealth
Deb Hohenthal, OC Tanner
Sarah Hiza, Orbital ATK
Rodney Funk, Orbital ATK
Todd Hafner, Nordstrom Rack
Vanessa Anderson, Deseret Mutal Benefit Administrators

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We can’t wait to see which finalist gets the magical key that will start the engine of a shiny new BMW! Good luck to you all and thank you for LIVING UNITED!


If you haven’t RSVP’d for Celebration of Service – there is still time! This is a fun and inspiring community event and we hope you all will join us.

Stay tuned for more info here on The Hub about who we will be honoring this year. Or, check out the website for more details and to RSVP!



Parsons, Behle & Latimer Prove Healthy Competition Can Change the Odds!

allison-tby Allison Temnick
Community Investment Advisor

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the folks over at Parsons, Behle & Latimer are a competitive crowd. Whether it is making the Best Lawyers in America list, having their practice recognized by Chambers USA, or giving back to the community, this law firm is second to none. Even though I knew this was the case, I was still surprised to see how competitive they were during their In it to Win It United Way of Salt Lake campaign theme!

There’s no doubt about it – healthy competition gets things done! Throughout the week, staff, attorneys, and shareholders competed to see which group would have the highest participation percentage. They posted a chart comparing financial and participation goals at the entrance to the firm for all to see. They even allowed people to donate to nominate a co-worker for the big wrap up event – the In It to Win It Challenge!

Those eight lucky nominees competed in a series of challenges that tested their speed, concentration, and focus. Each round included fewer participants and more difficult (and often embarrassing) competitions. While I was impressed by their steady concentration during the dice-balancing challenge, I couldn’t stop laughing during the last round when the final two participants had to transport as many cotton balls as possible from one side of the room to the other, by sticking them to their faces with Vaseline!

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Parsons wrap up 1On a more serious note, Parsons, Behle & Latimer also encouraged their employees to go beyond giving, by providing the afternoon off to employees who volunteered at one of our Community Schools. They hosted me, one of our Community School Directors, and a high school student to talk about the incredible effects that Collective Impact has had on students and their families. Furthermore, their surge of generosity amounted to their largest donation in three years – far more than any other law firm in the state of Utah.

Parsons volunteer 3I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Parsons, Behle & Latimer for their competitive nature, generous spirit, and compassionate heart!

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Questar Supercharges Giving and Engagement!

Tim Harrisonby Tim Harrison
Senior Community Investment Advisor

On January 14, our partners from Questar invited us to their office for their annual giant-check delivery. When they unveiled the amount, we were floored! Yet again, the company blew its previous records out of the water. The “supercharged” total, including the corporate match, was $1,180,000.00. But more than that, Questar saw phenomenal participation.

  • 1,367 employees contributed online, significantly reducing the number of hardcopy forms and administrative time needed
  • More than one third of contributing employees increased their donations from last year
  • More than 100 employees contributed for the first time!

This figure represents so much hard work and generosity from everyone at Questar. Many, many thanks to everyone there for all they do for our community! Thank you for LIVING UNITED!

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Leading from the Top – Deluxe Corporation Makes Giving Easy!

Dennis Huynhby Dennis Huynh
Community Investment Advisor

I could list at least a dozen different practices that can positively affect an organization’s employee giving campaign, but none of those ideas would work if there wasn’t strong support from the top! Deluxe Corporation puts this into practice.

For almost the entire month of October, Deluxe was focused on encouraging its employees to give back. Deluxe held several different activities in order to create awareness about United Way of Salt Lake. It all started with a breakfast that was prepared by the management team, and continued throughout the month with lunches, a cake walk, a bake sale, bingo, toy car races, a raffle drawing, and even a donation drive. Despite busy schedules, Deluxe held nothing back during its campaign.

Such a successful campaign was possible because Deluxe had amazing support from the top. I asked Randy Finley, Director of Manufacturing Operations for the Salt Lake City Facility, why he feels such a strong need to support United Way of Salt Lake. Here is what he had to say:

Deluxe Corp“I appreciate the incredible efficiency of our United Way of Salt Lake organization. Its purpose and message helps so many in our community though its timely and focused approach. From crisis intervention to education programs for at-risk youth, the United Way makes a huge difference and Deluxe is proud to be a part of its success.”

The campaign would also not have been possible without the help of a fantastic employee campaign manager in Robert Ruiz. On top of his regular tasks as a Lean Engineer, Robert generously took the time to sit and plan the details of the entire campaign with myself and his committee, and he made sure the those plans were executed flawlessly. I asked Robert to share his thoughts on United Way of Salt Lake:

It has been great to partner with United Way of Salt Lake to provide opportunities for our employees to give back to the local community. We appreciate being presented with a variety of ways to not only help those in need but to learn and grow in the process. This partnership benefits our employees as much as those who are served.

Thank you Randy and Robert for your shining example, and big thanks to everyone at Deluxe Corporation for your generosity, and for showing us how to LIVE UNITED!