St. George, UT – The Southern Utah Committee for the Utah Nonprofits Association is pleased to announce the Community Impact Challenge Finalists for 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.  The finalists are competing to win the title of Best Collaboration at the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit. 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. This award is meant to provide seed money for their project or program in order to foster collaboration.

The objective with the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit is to ignite and inspire our audience and 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.

The Community Impact Challenge sought out innovative projects that demonstrate collaboration between nonprofit organizations, government entities and for-profit businesses which meet a need in our community.  With this program, UNA 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 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.

Applications for the competition were submitted on March 20, 2017, and after careful review the selection committee has chosen 2 existing collaborations and 3 new collaborations to present at the summit.  Each presentation will be Judged by a panel of five experienced community leaders who will evaluate and select a winner from each category to be announced later in the day at the Community Impact Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony is open to the public and free to all to attend.  Check in and networking will be from 4:30 – 4:45 with the ceremony scheduled for 5:00 – 5:30.



DOVE Center, Cherish Families and Department of Workforce Services will coordinate to create a unique group curriculum and provide culturally specific education for plural family abuse survivors living in the Hildale-Colorado City area, teaching healthy relationship dynamics, to increase safety and cultivate healing for participants. In coordination with plural family experts from Cherish Families, DOVE Center will provide the group, facilitated by a Clinical Social Worker and Victim Advocate, who are trained trauma-informed crisis service providers. For the success of this project, both Cherish Families and Department of Workforce Services referrals will be critical in helping encourage enrollment and attendance to the group.

Dixie State University, Grand Canyon Youth (GYC) and Glen Canyon Recreation Area (part of the National Park Service) are collaborating in order to engage underprivileged Page High School youth in a San Juan River (Mexican Hat to Clay Hills Crossing) science and adventure trip between 06/05/17 and 06/09/17. The target students are either from low-income families, minorities, or both. The twenty students will contribute to citizen science by contributing to a USGS aquatic food base study.

Girls on the Run Southern Utah, Assistance League® of Southern Utah, and Sunset Elementary School/Washington County School District are uniting for the proposed new project, Running Together, which targets young girls ages 8 to 15 to develop important life skills to navigate through life’s challenges.  This collaboration seeks to address building self-confidence and positive body image in girls before they hit the crucible of adolescence. The self-esteem of girls peaks at age nine. By improving self-confidence, body image and physical activity participation, this collaboration seeks to give at risk girls a boost that will help them navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence and negative peer pressure.


The Casino Star Theatre Foundation and Gunnison City will collaborate to create a mural of 12” x 12” hand-glazed tiles to portray a cheerful, highly colorful panorama of the valley featuring current landmarks and relics of the past. These will be mounted in May on a 6’-tall concrete wall along the eastern edge of Legacy Plaza, which was built by Gunnison City on the site of the gas station that caused great damage, expense and grief, but also the impetus to turn it around.  The design work and materials were purchased with previous grants, but funding for mounting the tiles and completing an overhanging cap on the wall to protect the mural from dripping rain and snowmelt is still in progress.

The Orchestra of Southern Utah, Southern Utah University, the Cedar City Public Library and North Elementary join forces to present the The Children’s Jubilee/STEAM Festival, a celebration of the talent and knowledge in Iron County.  This event teaches people through performances and interactive displays about the wonders of art and science.  The upcoming celebration, scheduled for February 2018, hinges around our theme “Kaleidoscope of Wonder” and will feature works representing several wonders of the world.  Interactive science and art activities for area families and outreach assemblies to Iron County School District elementary schools will reach over 2000 people.


Government, business and nonprofits are all important sectors to ensure our communities are strong and vibrant.  All nonprofits and community members will are 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.

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: FULL Day UNA/St. George Chamber Members $50.00 thru March 31, 2017 or $75 thereafter; $75.00 for nonmembers thru March 31, 2017 or $100.00 thereafter; Awards Presentation Only (5:30-5:30 p.m.), FREE Open to the Public

Register Online Now: https://utahnonprofits.org/training-events/nonprofit-training-calendar/99.

The Southern Utah Community Impact Summit is open to all community members.  Please visit www.utahnonprofits.org for more information. 

Complete Agenda: 

Time Agenda Item Speaker Title/Topic
7:45 Doors Open/Continental Breakfast Check In/Registration
8:00 – 8:10 Welcome Dawn McLain Welcome/Goals & Agenda
8:10 – 8:30 Welcome Speaker Mayor Jon Pike The Importance of Nonprofits; Special City of St. George Proclamation: Utah Nonprofits Day
8:30 – 8:50 Keynote Speaker Michael Gburski The State of Utah Nonprofits
8: 50 – 10:00 Training Workshop Dianne Browning What is up in DC these days?!
Get Heard. Seek Common Ground. Strengthen Partnerships. Forge Solutions.
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Panel Discussion Kate Rubalcava Focus: Partnerships and Community Solutions
11:15 – 11:45 Community Impact Challenge:                            2016 Outcomes Presentations Carol Golichnik 2016 Challenge Awardees Impact Reporting
11:45 – 12:45 Networking Luncheon Program Mike DeMille             Linda Baker Southern Utah Wants & Needs:
Resources & Sharing
12:45 – 1:00 Break
1:00 – 2:45 2017 Community Impact Challenge: Carol Golichnik Finalists: Best New  and Best Existing Collaborations
Finalists Presentations
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:45 Presentation Nancy Hauck University and Nonprofit Organization Partnerships
3:45 – 4:45 Interactive Breakout Janeal Ford How to Design a Collaborative Program
4:45 – 5:00 Break
5:00 – 5:30 Community Impact Awards Ceremony Dawn McLain Awards: Community Impact Challenge Winners;
Excellence in Community Leadership Award

The Southern Utah Community Impact Summit is brought to you by and in appreciation of our sponsors who support the work of UNA and our members throughout Utah: The Independent; Squatty Potty; KCSG Television; Dixie Direct, Albertson’s, Smith’s, Daylight Donuts, Red Mountain Resort; Dixie Direct; Cherry Creek Radio; UServeUtah; Hafen Insurance; American Express and the Dixie Elks Lodge.

For more information contact:

Contact:  Dawn McLain, Southern Utah Committee Chair              

Address:  Utah Nonprofits Association

231 East 400 South, Suite 345

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Phone:    (702) 860-2341

Toll Free:  (888) 596-1801 – UNA Offices                                                                                        

Email:       [email protected]

Web:  www.utahnonprofits.org

Facebook:  UtahNonprofits

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.



Dawn McLain is the Owner/President of Write It Up! based in St. George, UT. Write It Up! is a small, full-service advertising agency that focuses on the unique needs of small to medium companies and nonprofit organizations. Over the past 22+ years, the firm has grown to include comprehensive public relations and marketing services as well as event planning, corporate/board/strategic facilitation, promotional and advertising specialty brokerage; print brokerage, marketing/PR/media relations consulting and training for both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Dawn has been heavily involved in both print and television media over the past 27 years. As a respected professional she has led many educational programs on media relations to non-profit agencies and the business community. Dawn has been a published author since 1986, when her poetry first appeared in Young Kansas Writers. Since that time she has written a children’s book, Too Much for Dinner, and written/reported for many newspapers, magazines, online news forums, television, radio and various other niche media outlets. Write It Up! 765 Escalante Drive St. George UT 84790 [email protected] c. 702-860-2341 f. 855-293-7949

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