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Several Utah Charities Look To ‘Giving Tuesday’ As Pandemic Hits Donations

Dec 1, 2020, 8:57 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Seven out of 10 charities said in a recent survey the pandemic is causing contributions to take a dive, and around 50% expect to have donations drop 20% by this time next year.

So KSL’s Dan Spindle highlighted some of Utah’s four-star charitable organizations, as rated by CharityNavigator.org.

Charity Navigator is a great place to start. If you’ve never visited the site, it’s essential for the giving season to make sure you know what non-profits plan to do with your money.

They use a four-star rating system, which basically means dollars go directly to programs with very little administrative and fundraising overhead.

Utah has more than two-dozen four-star charities for you to choose from.

In the “Environment” category, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance takes the top spot.

Their mission is to protect Red Rock country in our state.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area lands in the top spot in the “Health” category.

And if you’ve never seen their work — they provide temporary housing for families whose children are being treated for serious and even life-threatening diseases.

And Justice for All is a 4-star non-profit in the Human and Civil Rights category that provides legal services free of charge to those in poverty, seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities among others.

Human Services is the category with the highest rated of all four-star charities in Utah, as the Kostopulos Dream Foundation received a perfect score.

Based in Salt Lake, the foundation sponsors recreation, education and growth experiences for people with disabilities.

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Several Utah Charities Look To ‘Giving Tuesday’ As Pandemic Hits Donations