Seven Utah philanthropists and 76 dedicated volunteers will be honored at the 2016 Utah Philanthropy Day luncheon, Thursday, November 17 at 11:30 am at Grand America Hotel. 

Each year since 1999, the Utah Nonprofits Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly Utah Society of Fund Raisers) have honored leaders in philanthropy by presenting awards honoring their efforts at the gala event. The 2016 Honorees include:

  • Norma Matheson Outstanding Volunteer Award: Joell Brown volunteers at the Homeless Youth Resource Center and continues to nourish homeless youth through mentoring, advocacy work and one-on-one assistance. 

  • Governors Career Humanitarian Leadership Award: Lloyd Pendelton developed the Saturday meal program at St. Vincent de Paul Center and has created a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness by promoting self-empowerment. 

  • Lieutenant Governors Public Service Award: Ben McAdams is Mayor of Salt Lake County and has always shown courage and persistence in standing up for those who need a voice in the community, particularly low income individuals, while providing a quality of life for all residents of the county.

  • Philanthropic Leadership Award: James E. Hogle Jr. who turns 80 years old this year, is President of Utah’s Hogle Zoo and has spent his entire career maintaining the zoo as a nationally recognized community treasure. 

  • Foundation Spirit of Giving Award: Michel Foundation is dedicated to “helping mankind one at a time” through a variety of local and international projects focused on neurological rehabilitation for individuals experiencing paralysis from spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and stroke. 

  • Corporate Spirit of Giving Award: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. exhibits a culture of generosity as a core company value by encouraging employees to participate in the annual “Force for Good Day” providing donations and volunteer service to community organizations. 

  • Outstanding Young Volunteer Award: Elizabeth Gamarra serves as a volunteer mentor at Salt Lake Community College’s Una Mano Amiga center, tutoring ESL students and serving as a role model for young women of color. 

"Utah Philanthropy Day is proud to be in its 18th year, honoring and recognizing some of the many volunteers and philanthropists who serve our nonprofit community," said Marsha Gilford, Utah Philanthropy Day committee chair. "We look forward to this day each year so that we can highlight the extraordinary impact that nonprofits have on our community and celebrate the enormous spirit of giving we have in our state." 

As part of Utah Philanthropy Day, members of the Utah Nonprofit Association & Association of Fundraising Professionals  (AFP) have the opportunity to honor an individual or couple by receiving a Heart & Hands Award, that acknowledges individuals who make significant contributions to that member's cause through their volunteer or philanthropic service.  For more details visit:

Beginning in 1999, AFP Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Utah Nonprofits Association and now UServeUtah have celebrated Utah's outstanding philanthropists and volunteers at the annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Joining in 2014, UServeUtah is now a partner organization to bring this event to the Utah community. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Utah Chapter is Utah's only organization dedicated to the professional development of fundraisers in the state.  Started in November 1985 as the Utah Society of Fund Raisers (USFR), the organization transition to AFP Utah Chapter in 2016 to better serve its members through increased benefits, online tools, professional development events, and networking opportunities.