United Way of Salt Lake honors Changemakers for 2016 (Deseret News)

By Ashley Stilson

SALT LAKE CITY — United Way of Salt Lake honored six individuals and organizations Wednesday as 2016's Changemakers and United for Change award-winners.

“No one organization can make significant social change alone. It takes many helping hands and dedication across multiple sectors,” said Scott Ulbrich, chairman of the United Way of Salt Lake board of directors.

The honorees were: Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, Woodrow Wilson Elementary Principal Jadee Talbot, Intermountain Healthcare, KSL and Deseret Management Corp., and the Salt Lake Chamber.

“We are grateful and humbled to receive the continued support of the compassionate individuals and organizations transforming our community for the better,” said Bill Crim, president and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake. “These Changemakers are our community’s visionaries and true leaders. Their passion, generosity and hands-on involvement is imperative to our mission to the advancement of changing the odds for Utah children and families.”

The 2016 Changemaker awards are given to business and civic leaders and organizations that have worked with others to create measurable change in the community. Each of the 2016 Changemakers partnered with United Way of Salt Lake to discuss and improve community issues such as poverty and illiteracy.

“Sometimes we get looking at numbers, but I get to see the faces that are attached to those numbers on a daily basis,” Talbot said about working as an elementary school principal.

Talbot was honored for bringing nonprofit partners together and creating an environment of alignment and shared accountability for student outcomes, according to United Way of Salt Lake.

McAdams became the first government official in Utah to embrace pay-for-success financing, joining United Way of Salt Lake in the nation’s first social impact bond focused on educational outcomes. He has also worked to develop long-term strategies resulting in improved outcomes within the homeless service system in Kearns.

Wood committed her administration to implementing and developing the Promise South Salt Lake Partnership with Granite School District, United Way of Salt Lake, and dozens of business and nonprofit partners. The Promise Initiative has become a department within city government, focused on aligning resources to assure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Intermountain Healthcare partnered with multiple organizations that addressed unmet dental needs among low-income students and their families, according to United Way of Salt Lake. The partnership provided the opportunity for multiple providers to create temporary after-hours dental clinics, providing dental screening and treatment to low-income students and their families.

KSL and Deseret Management Corp. has worked with dozens of partners to serve thousands of students in more than 120 schools through its Read Today initiative.

The Salt Lake Chamber has worked to organize the business community as a voice for education with the Utah Legislature. Through its support of Prosperity 2020 and Education First, the chamber provided increased resources for Utah’s public and higher education system.

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