The Southern Utah Community Impact Summit will highlight best practices featuring existing successful local collaborative organizations and reward new collaborative teams in a first-time funding opportunity that will ignite and inspire Southern Utah to seek out strategic partnerships. Community Impact Challenge winners will receive $1,000 for best existing collaboration and $2,500 for best new collaboration.

The Southern Utah Committee for the Utah Nonprofits Association is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Southern Utah Community Impact Summit to be held April 4, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Dixie Elks Lodge. April 4th will be DEDICATED to collaboration as the Utah Nonprofits Association, City of St. George Mayor Jon Pike, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch Professional Staff Member Dianne Browning, Dixie State University, legislators and nonprofit organizations across the state join together for the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit! The summit will include educational programs, networking, key-note speaker, a panel discussion, Community Impact Challenge and Exposition including presentations from the 2016 Challenge award winners, and Community Impact Awards Ceremony.

The objective with the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit is to ignite and inspire our audience and our Southern Utah residents to actively engage in collaboration to reduce redundancy, stretch dollars, and expand effective programs or services to ensure that our community is served in the most efficient way. Our goal is to see that everyone who has a need in our community is served.

To reach this goal, UNA has created a unique, exciting and truly beneficial funding opportunity – the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition. UNA is seeking innovative projects that demonstrate collaboration between nonprofit organizations, government entities and for-profit businesses which meet a need in our community. With the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition, UNA seeks to provide an innovative, creative experience that motivates nonprofit organizations to reach out, to think outside of the box and partner strategically to provide new projects or programs that will impact our communities in a positive way. The end result will bring successful, sustainable new services or programs and long-term mutually beneficial partnerships not only come to fruition but to also thrive.

The Southern Utah Committee of the Utah Nonprofit Association asks:

Does your organization have a new and innovative idea for a way to collaborate with other organizations?


Does your organization already have a fantastic example of how you are successfully collaborating?

If so, we invite you to highlight your project by competing for the title of Best Collaboration in the Community Impact Challenge and Exposition. 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.

Successful candidates will be innovative partners with projects or services that demonstrate collaboration between nonprofit organizations, Government Entities and For-Profit businesses that meet a need in our community and have the potential to:

 Reduce redundancy in NPO services

 Create a new, collaborative and beneficial concept that will benefit our communities

 Demonstrate best practices in strategic, partner focused collaboration

 Expand and enhance services, projects of programs to serve a greater audience.

Eligibility Requirements

Community Impact Teams will consist of a minimum of 3 collaborators in the following 3 sectors:

 Nonprofit Organization (501c3) – 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. The date of the presentation will be April 4, 2017.

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 2018 summit to report on their progress, successes, pitfalls, challenges faced and lessons learned.

Application Process

Complete and submit a 2017 Application by 3/15/2017 by noon to

Applications will be reviewed and 3 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 21, 2017). The judges will include 5 community leaders selected and invited to participate based on experience, leadership, community engagement and their ability to fairly evaluate programs/projects presented by “Community Impact Teams” and select the most viable opportunities for Southern Utah.

Presentations will be made by the top 3 new collaborations and the top 3 existing collaborations. The winning new collaboration and the winning existing collaboration selected by the judging panel will each receive cash donations to support their new or existing initiative. Awards will be announced during the Community Impact Awards Ceremony on-site.

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, 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.

To download an application please visit: To request an application via email or for additional information or questions, please contact Carol Golichnik at:

Event Details:

Date: April 4, 2017, Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Location: Dixie Elks Lodge, 630 W. 1250 North, St George, UT 84770

Cost: UNA/St. George Chamber Members/Cedar City Chamber Members $75.00; $100.00 for Nonmembers; Early bird registration discount available now thru March 31, 2017, online at:; Members $50.00; Nonmembers $75.00.

*The Community Impact Awards Presentation will be open to the community and free for all to attend (check in 4:30), please RSVP online by April 1, 2017.

**For additional event registration information or questions please contact Brooke Dimond at: or 801-596-1800.

Together we can make our vision of a strong and vibrant community a reality.

Together, we are stronger, have more impact, and can make big things happen throughout Utah.

We invite you to get involved today.

About UNA – The Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) 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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