Five Must-follow Utah Nonprofits

Posted on March 22, 2011 by


Utah is home to thousands of do-gooders. And while most of us choose other paths in life, there are always a few that end up dedicating all of their time to improving the lives of others, protecting our state’s beautiful natural resources, or advocating social change. The Hungry Hive has highlighted five of these organizations with an invitation for you to join their communities on Facebook and Twitter. While we’re sure any of these organizations would be glad to have your money, the main purpose of social media is to build a community of like-minded people. So go on! Team up and become a part of something bigger!

Effect International

Effect International is a thriving nonprofit dedicated to providing educational opportunities to children in developing countries. Founded by USU students Casey Allred (@AllCasey) and Bushra Zaman in 2009, Effect’s vision is to “reshape luck” for those who have no options. They’ve opened operations in India and Nepal amidst phenomenal personal sacrifice and dedication. You can find them on twitter @effectint and Facebook. Check out their video below:

Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Founded by Jon and Karen Huntsman, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care. You can follow them on twitter @huntcancer and Facebook

National Ability Center

Located in Park City, The National Ability Center is committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities through outdoor sports and recreation. The center has become word-renowned and is also a sort of breeding ground for top-notch skiers and paralympians. You can follow them on Twitter @abilitycenter and on Facebook.

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Choice Humanitarian

Choice works with communities around the world to eliminate poverty. With projects in Kenya, Nepal, and Guatemala (among others), Choice truly is an international organization. Choice is also well-known for the opportunities it provides people like yourself to get involved. You can join Choice on a humanitarian expedition, working hand-in-hand with impoverished villages in extremely remote locations. For those who are less adventurous, we recommend just sticking with twitter (@CHOICEorg) and Facebook.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Utah is arguably the most beautiful state in the union. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance fights to keep it that way. You can find them on Twitter @UtahWilderness and on Facebook

So who did we miss? What’s your favorite Utah nonprofit? Tell us in the comment section below: