Southern Utah organizations invited to compete for $2,500 as part of Community Impact Summit

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ST. GEORGE – The Southern Utah committee of the Utah Nonprofits Association wants to know if your organization has a new and innovative idea for a way to collaborate with other organizations. Or perhaps your organization already has a fantastic example of how you are successfully collaborating. If so, they would like to invite you to compete for the title of “Best Collaboration” in the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition as part of the inaugural Southern Utah Community Impact Summit to be held April 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two teams of collaborators will have the opportunity to win a cash prize of either $2,500 for the best new collaboration or $1,000 for the best existing collaboration.

In addition to the competition, the entire Southern Utah Community Impact Summit will be dedicated to collaboration and will include educational programs, networking, a keynote speaker, and panel discussion. Speakers, judges and panelists at the event will include Utah Nonprofits Association representatives, St. George Mayor Jon Pike, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch Professional Staff Member Dianne Browning, UServeUtah, legislators and nonprofit organizations from across the state.

The objective of the summit this year is to ignite and inspire attendees and Southern Utah residents to actively engage in collaboration to reduce redundancy, stretch dollars and expand effective programs or services to ensure that the community is served in the most efficient way. The goal is to see that everyone who has a need in the community is served.

This goal was the impetus behind the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition. Utah Nonprofits Association is seeking innovative projects that demonstrate collaboration between nonprofit organizations, government entities and for-profit businesses which meet a need in the community.

With the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition, Utah Nonprofits Association seeks to provide an innovative, creative experience that motivates nonprofit organizations to reach out, to think outside of thee box and partner strategically to provide new projects or programs that will impact local communities in a positive way. The end result will bring successful, sustainable new services or programs and long-term mutually beneficial partnerships to not only come to fruition but to also thrive.

Eligibility Requirements

Community Impact Teams will consist of a minimum of three collaborators in the following three sectors:

  • Nonprofit organization- 501(c)(3) – Required
  • Government entity/public works – Required
  • For-profit business – Optional

Teams will create and submit based on a new or existing unique, highly collaborative project, service or program. Long or short term concepts will be considered. Teams selected to present in front of the judging panel at the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit must all be present and participate in the 10-minute presentation on April 5.

This award is meant to provide seed money for projects in order to foster collaboration. Teams will be required to return to present at the 2017 summit to report on their progress, successes, pitfalls, challenges faced and lessons learned.

Application Process

Complete and submit an application by March 21 at noon to [email protected]. The request for proposals and application can be found here.

Applications will be reviewed, and three teams will be invited to present at the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit before the audience and a panel of judges. Participants will be notified via email by end of day March 25. The judges will include five leaders from the community selected and invited to participate based on experience, leadership, engagement and their ability to fairly evaluate programs or projects presented by the Community Impact Teams and select the most viable opportunities for Southern Utah.

Presentations will be made of the top three new collaborations and the top three existing collaborations. Awards will be announced during the Community Impact Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Government, business and nonprofits are all important sectors to ensure our communities are strong and vibrant. All nonprofits and community members will be invited to join the Utah Nonprofits Association to learn more about the important work of the nonprofit sector, collaboration and collective impact. Research shows that nonprofits who partner with other organizations, government, business, and volunteers are more impactful and sustainable. By leveraging the commitment of strategic partners, engaged volunteers and diversified funding streams, nonprofits can see as much as 10 times the results of those trying to do the job by themselves.

The Southern Utah Community Impact Summit is open to all community members and is brought to you by and in appreciation of our sponsors who support the work of Utah Nonprofits Association and UNA members throughout Utah: The Independent; KCSG Television, Cherry Creek Radio, Town & Country Bank, Hafen Insurance and the Dixie Elks Lodge.

Event Details

  • When: April 5 | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or half-day from 1-6 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Elks Lodge, 630 W. 1250 North, St George
  • Cost: Full day – UNA/St. George Chamber members $50.00; $65.00 for nonmembers | Half-day – UNA/St. George Chamber members $35.00; $50.00 for nonmembers | The awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. is open to the community and free for all to attend. However, please register in advance.
  • For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit the UNA event webpage.

About Utah Nonprofits Association

The Utah Nonprofits Association works to unify, strengthen and elevate Utah’s nonprofit community through networking, professional development, public policy and providing technical assistance. UNA is the umbrella membership association of nonprofit organizations in Utah. Incorporated in 1990, UNA was created by, and for, people who strive for a stronger, more professional nonprofit community in Utah. The current membership of UNA (statewide) includes over 650 nonprofit organizations and individual members.

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