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Stephanie Mackay
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3495 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
801-262-1552, ext 136
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Other Giving Opportunities:

Gifts that can help support Columbus now:

  • Workplace or matching gifts
  • In-kind giving
  • Specialized campaigns

Gifts that will help support Columbus in the future:

  • Bequest through your will or trust
  • Making Columbus a beneficiary of an insurance policy, bank account, or retirement account
  • Gifts of appreciated assets, such as stock or real estate
  • Planned gifts that generate income

We will be happy to work with you and your professional advisors to explain the benefits of these future gifts and how they can work for you. All of these gifts can be designated to honor or memorialize someone you love or care for. Please contact us for more information.

Specific Programs You Can Support


Dignity Through Work Scholarship Fund

There are many individuals who can’t work because of basic obstacles they can’t overcome by themselves. The most common obstacle is inadequate training and support in the workplace to ensure long-term success. There are many scholarships for people to attend college, but virtually none for individuals with severe disabilities who also want to graduate to a level where they can find and maintain meaningful employment.

The Dignity through Work Scholarship Fund is an innovative scholarship fund designed to support individuals with severe disabilities achieve their career goals. With the right kind of support in the workplace, individuals with disabilities can earn a pay-check, thus reducing reliance on public assistance.

Immediate Opportunity:

  • $8,000 gift supports one individual for one year in a Columbus vocational program
  • $30,000 gift will allow you to fund a four-year scholarship for one individual
  • $150,000 gift will create an endowed scholarship that can honor or memorialize someone you care about.
Peter Demirali Scholarship Fund


Peter Demirali

Make a gift today to the Peter Demirali Scholarship Fund

Peter supported the Columbus Community Center in life and we honor Peter and his memory through a Columbus “Dignity Through Work” scholarship in his name.

Your commitment – at any level – will help make a lasting impact on the future of a young adult with disabilities.

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The Founders Fund

Columbus has established the Founders Fund as a way to recognize the legacy of our founding parents and families who started Columbus in 1968. Their gifts of time, love, money, and grassroots advocacy changed how we care for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Your unrestricted major gift to the Founders Fund enables Columbus to provide a variety of services and programs that support day-to-day needs of individuals so they have the opportunity to live with dignity and independence.

Levels of Support

  • Legacy Circle   $50,000+
  • Benefactor   $25,000-$49,999
  • Patron   $10,000-$24,999
  • Supporter   $5,000-$9,999
  • Friend   $1,000-$4,999

With these funds, we can buy assistive devices, improve facilities, and provide specialized transportation. We can hire a pet therapist or a music therapist, or provide professional development for the staff that provides the day-to-day care of our most vulnerable population. These donations can cover the costs of specialized and expensive equipment. We recently purchased a specialized shower table—costing $8,000—to bathe individuals who are confined to wheelchairs. We also raised funds to purchase a specialized handicap-accessible van that cost $50,000.

Social Enterprise Innovation Fund

Partner with Columbus to expand vocational and job opportunities for people with disabilities. Our growth and stability have always come from our capacity to grow business opportunities. We constantly evaluate opportunities that can create jobs for a workforce that has highly specialized skills. Directing your gift to this program advances the creation of jobs for people with disabilities.

Gifts directed to this program help us define, develop, implement, and operate vocational programs that employ people with disabilities while providing cost-effective solutions for businesses.

Levels of Support

  • Leaders  $100,000+
  • Entrepreneurs  $50,000-$99,999
  • Innovators  $10,000-$49,999
  • Champions  $1,000-$9,999

Immediate Opportunity: The “Sustainable Community Employment for the Severely Disabled (SCESD)” project will create 82 new jobs by the end of FY2013-14 for the severely disabled while developing additional business revenue streams that support Columbus’ long-term sustainability. A $100,000 gift to this fund would allow Columbus to continue expanding its new line of business—digital imaging. This investment would be used for startup costs such as salaries, training, equipment, and marketing. Document imaging is a line of business that has proven very successful for other nonprofit organizations in the country. It is a natural extension of our secure document shredding business that we have been running of the past 7 years.