Giving Tuesday 2021: Utah’s Top Rated Charities That May Need Your Help

As the coronavirus pandemic approaches its second full year, the needs of charities have continued to grow.

Giving Tuesday, which happens on November 30, is just the day to help.

The Tuesday following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber ​​Monday is spent collecting some of the money typically spent on vacation and donating it to charity. And what better charity to donate to than a local organization?

Last year, many Utah nonprofits had to cancel fundraisers that helped them support them year-round, and the need for donations and volunteer hours was extremely high. This put additional pressure on them, as more and more people were using their services due to the loss of working hours. Many of them hoped Giving Tuesday would give them a boost.

Fortunately, employment numbers are approaching pre-pandemic levels this year, and more Utahns may be able to donate.

If you are able to donate this year, Charity browser is a great resource for finding charities that will use your money the best and do the most good. The site ranks charities based on spending, fundraising effectiveness, working capital ratio, growth in program spending, liabilities to assets, governance, policies and transparency.

It also includes several additional scores to help donors find successful charities:

The Impact & Results score, which “estimates the real impact of a nonprofit organization on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is wisely using donor resources to achieve that impact,” according to

The Leadership and Adaptability Score “provides an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and its ability to innovate or respond to changes in demand / needs of constituents or other social and economic conditions relevant to achieving the organization’s mission, ”the site says.

The Culture & Community score “provides an assessment of the organization’s engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we call Constitute Feedback,” according to the website. “When organizations listen to their constituents, they are able to better deliver programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization’s human operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) indicators. “

We’ve listed the top 10 Utah charities that received four stars.

Carrefour Urban Center

347 S. 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

“Crossroads Urban Center helps organize low-income, disabled and minority Utahns to advocate on their behalf on critical issues affecting the quality of their lives,” the charity described. “We also provide direct services to help meet basic survival needs. We are part of a tradition of serving the Salt Lake outlets for community involvement. Crossroads has started and grown dozens of new community organizations to provide services that are not otherwise available in our community.

Crossroads Urban Center received a financial score of 98.10 and a score of 100 for accountability and transparency.

Y Women of Utah

322 East. 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

YWCA Utah received a financial score of 97.40 and a score of 100 on accountability and transparency.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

435 East. 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

“Since 1983, SUWA has been the only independent organization working full-time to defend America’s red rock wilderness from oil and gas development, unnecessary road construction, widespread use of all- terrain and other threats to the wilderness of Utah, ”according to “… The mission of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is the preservation of the exceptional wilderness in the heart of the Colorado Plateau and the management of these lands in their natural state for the benefit of all Americans.”

SUWA achieved a financial score of 100 and an accountability and transparency score of 97.

Utah Make-A-Wish Foundation

771 East Winchester
Murray, UT 84107

“Make-A-Wish Utah creates life changing wishes for children in Utah with serious illnesses,” the site states. “We seek to make every eligible child’s wish come true because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows that children whose wishes are granted can develop the physical and emotional strength they need to fight serious illness. “

Make-A-Wish Utah received a financial score of 99 and an accountability and transparency score of 97.

National Competence Center

1000 Way of Capacity
Park City, UT 84060

“The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and life skills through athletic, recreational and educational programs,” according to Charity Navigator.

The National Ability Center received a financial score of 96.41 and a score of 97 for accountability and transparency.

Ronald McDonald Houses of the Intermountain region

935 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

“Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area provides a temporary home that serves and supports families of critically ill children receiving care in area hospitals, as well as support for other programs that help children. of our community. »Indicates the site. “Children heal faster and do better when they are surrounded by loved ones. We’ve been helping families for over 20 years since a group of community leaders came together to open the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City in 1988. ”

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area achieved a financial score of 95.18 and a score of 100 for accountability and transparency. He also received a score of 100 for leadership and adaptability.

And justice for all

205 N. 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

“And Justice for All believes that access to justice is a fundamental right in our society,” according to Charity Navigator. “And Justice for All is committed to providing free legal services to Utah’s most vulnerable citizens – people living in poverty, people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, minorities and victims of violence. We work with law firms, attorneys, judges, legal staff and other community partners to help ensure that Utahns across the state have access to the legal system, regardless of income level, disability. , their age or their minority status. “

And Justice for All was awarded 95 for financial aspects and 100 for accountability and transparency.

Food Bank of Utah

3150 S. 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

“The Utah Food Bank is fighting hunger statewide,” according to the website. “… We work tirelessly with community partners and volunteers to continue to make an impact. Utah Food Bank staff, volunteers, and agencies work together to collect and distribute emergency food to hungry individuals and families in Utah. … Our resources include a large warehouse, four semi-tractors and eight box trucks, as well as our valuable affiliation with Feeding America. With these resources, the Utah Food Bank is able to collect, store and distribute large amounts of food for the entire state of Utah. “

In addition to a financial score of 94.73 and an accountability and transparency score of 100, Charity Navigator also gave Utah Food Bank an impact and results score of 100.

Adopt an Indigenous Elder Program

328 West Gregson Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

“The Adopt-A-Native-Elder program supports traditional elders who live in the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Dine (Navajo) people,” according to the charity’s description. “Most live in remote parts of the Dine reserve. The program provides food, simple medicines, clothing, fabrics and threads to help these elders live on the land in their traditional way of life. As they got older, it became more difficult for them to support themselves on Earth according to their traditional methods. The program supports 500 traditional Elders who live in the northern part of Arizona and southern Utah. “

The Adopt-A-Native-Elder program received a financial score of 96.35 and an Accountability and Transparency score of 96.

American Indian Services

3115 E. Lion Lane Suite 320
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

“AIS’s mission has been simple: to create programs and generate funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while preserving culture and honoring Native American heritage,” according to “AIS believes that it is through education that Native Americans will be able to protect their history and culture. Our goal and hope is that as Native Americans succeed individually, they will be better able to support their communities and effect positive change for future generations. . “

American Indian Services received a Financial Score of 94.35 and an Accountability and Transparency Score of 100.

Other four-star charities in Utah according to Charity Navigator include Park City Christian Center, Charitable vision, Voices for Utah Children, United Way of Utah County, Utah Special Olympics, United Way of Northern Utah, The Humane Society of Utah, Fourth Street Clinic, Guadalupe School, Utah Symphony and Orchestra, Eye care for children, Globus relief, HawkWatch International, Hale Center Theater, The road home, Habitat for Humanity Utah County, and International mentors.

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