Grandeur Peak Community Involvement
In our travels we have seen first-hand many of the challenges facing communities around the globe. We founded Grandeur Peak with a commitment to share a meaningful portion of our profits with our local and our global community. As a firm, we jointly select organizations that we believe are doing important work. Every year we choose organizations to support in each of these three categories: Global Charity, Local Charity, & Local Community.
We also have a charitable giving matching program for our team members. We match significant donations in order to ensure that we are supporting the charitable organizations for which any member of our team has a passion.
Our Choice Humanitarian Expeditions to Ecuador and Guatemala
In March of 2018, the Grandeur Peak team had the incredible opportunity to travel to Ecuador with their spouses for a humanitarian project. The team partnered with Choice Humanitarian, an organization working to end global poverty.
Our team joined with villagers in Cotacachi County in building a vocational school to give access to technical training for the 1,500 families in the region. The worksite, in the Intacara Valley, is susceptible to generous rainfall, so our team worked to install a drainage canal by digging trenches, moving rocks, mixing, hauling and pouring cement and bending rebar for the forms. The school is scheduled to be completed in June 2019.
In our travels we saw first-hand many of the challenges facing communities around the globe. We founded Grandeur Peak with a commitment to give back to our local and global community. We worked hard to serve the people in Ecuador. We hope to have made a difference, however small, in their lives, and acknowledge the great impact the people in Ecuador had on our lives. Each of us came home with a new outlook on life and a stronger and closer work family.
In March of 2014, the Grandeur Peak team and our spouses had the unparalleled opportunity to participate in a Grandeur Peak sponsored Choice Humanitarian Expedition to La Reforma, Guatemala. La Reforma is a small village, about ten hours of bumpy bus rides through the jungle from Guatemala City.
Our mission was to help the villagers build wood burning stoves inside their homes in order to increase efficiency and self-reliance, and decrease the major health hazards that come from burning an open fire inside their one-room homes. While we hope we made a difference in their lives (no doubt the stoves do, but our help in building them is questionable), it cannot compare to how our lives were changed because of them. We will never forget their smiles, humility, strong sense of community and simplicity of life, or the energy and laughter of their children. With bittersweet feelings, we left the village, having a greater desire to serve others, be grateful for what we have, and develop a community atmosphere in our firm. We were a team when we arrived, but we came out a family.
Organizations Grandeur Peak has Supported
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is leading the way to ensure mental health is a healthcare priority. AFSP has determined the programs, policies and interventions that will prevent as many suicides as possible.
American Red Cross: Disaster Relief. Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. In the aftermath of these events, the American Red Cross gives millions of people access to shelter, food, support and supplies.
Building Blocks in Africa: Building Blocks in Africa was founded with the dream of making a difference in the world and helping to break the poverty cycle by providing the opportunity for education in remote areas of Africa.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”― Nelson Mandela
We partner with locals who desire to bring education to their communities. Working together, we build schools and opportunities for brighter futures.
Choice Humanitarian: Choice Humanitarian's Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Inter-Cultural Exchange, is a strategic non-governmental agency (NGO) currently working in five countries: Kenya, Nepal, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico. Their overriding goal is to end extreme poverty and improve quality of life through a bottom-up, self-developing village-centered approach.
Dahlia's Hope provides aftercare for survivors of sex trafficking. Their mission is to provide therapeutic services, medical, education, vocational training, transition into the workplace, residential support, and life skills to help these survivors function independently and successfully in society.
Escalera Foundation: The Escalera Foundation is focused on helping underprivileged children in Mexico gain an education. Escalera is on a mission to send 30,000 kids to school. 100% of all public donations directly fund school projects.
JDRF: is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their vision is a world without type 1 diabetes. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Working every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it.
Kaeme's: mission is to build loving families, one child at a time. Assisting orphaned or abandoned children enter loving families, Kaeme staff work hand-in-hand with the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to help these children. Kaeme survey orphanages, create profiles for each child, and host childcare conferences to determine the best possible outcome for each child. Kaeme and DSW then work together to perform home assessments of potential guardians, recruit local mentors, and reintegrate each child with a loving family.
Mentors International: Mentors International seeks to lift generations in developing countries by leading individuals and families from poverty to sustainable self-reliance through personalized mentoring, learning of vocational skills, and financial solutions in developing countries wanting to break their cycle of poverty.
Moran Eye Center: The Moran Eye Center tackles the problem of blindness, which affects 39 million individuals worldwide. Ninety percent of those without sight live in the developing world, and the Moran Eye Center brings promising international surgeons to Utah for intensive training, while sending American residents abroad to restore sight to hundreds of patients.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing the world together to cure MS, for every single person, as fast as possible. They provide sclerosis educational and emotional support and raise funds to support research on how to treat, stop the progression, restore function, and end MS forever.
Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund: is a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to helping Vietnamese girls and their families in need. Their goal is to provide learning opportunities for young students through art and music programs in order to inspire students to love learning and not drop out of school. As well, they provide support through transportation and educational programs like bikes, girls tutoring program, and after school and summer programs.
Shot@Life (UN Foundation): Shot@Life is a movement to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life. Shot@Life aims to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed. The organization champions vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.
The Tata Memorial Hospital is a comprehensive center for cancer research and treatment. It is a landmark on the global health map where about 60 per cent of patients seeking primary care are treated free of charge.
The Alzheimer's Association: The Alzheimer's Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. They connect with scientific, academic, government and industry thought-leaders and key stakeholders worldwide to accelerate the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer's disease.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
The Hunger Project: The Hunger Project is an organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. It has ongoing programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Thirst Relief: The mission of Thirst Relief is simple: Changing lives and communities through clean water solutions.
UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency is committed to protecting refugees and resolving refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refuges. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
World Wildlife Fund: The World Wildlife Fund protects the future of nature with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Young Investor Society: provides quality financial literacy education and programs to students from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels. They aim to teach finance and investing skills that will last a lifetime and empower students to take control of their financial future.
Youthlinc: Youthlinc invests in the service ethic of youth in order to foster individuals in our society who understand local and global needs, and who are deeply committed to work to relieve those needs through personal service, partnership, and good will.
100 Women in Finance's mission is to strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake: Our mission is to inspire and empower youth, families, and communities to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Breathe Utah works to improve the air we breathe and Utah air quality through education, collaboration, and policy.
Girls on the Run: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running
Make-a-Wish Utah: Every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. Their end goal is that the wish experience can be a game-changer and change the lives of the kids served.
Neighborhood House: The mission of Neighborhood House is to enrich, empower and educate children and adults through quality, affordable day care and support services. Built on a foundation of mutual respect, Neighborhood House uses accountability and accessibility to support our commitment to excellence, so that our house can be filled with compassion and kindness.
Nuzzles & Co: Our mission is to protect animals. To provide a loving, nurturing place where they can get healthy and learn positive behaviors. And then to find loving homes for each one of them. We also work to educate people on the humane treatment of animals.
What we've learned is that, in helping these animals, we are the ones who benefit. As our animals get a second chance at life and find loving homes, they give back that love one-hundred fold. When we put love first, we come together as a community and grow stronger as a society.
One Refugee’s mission is to champion students of refugee backgrounds by helping them obtain post-secondary education and skills to prepare for a professional life. They provide academic mentoring, professional development training, and financial assistance to help pay for tuition, books, and other necessary educational needs.
People Helping People: People Helping People is dedicated to reducing the number of children living in poverty by teaching low-income women, primarily single mothers, how to earn an adequate income through stable employment that pays a living wage.
Primary Children's Hospital: As one of the best children's hospitals in the western United States, Primary Children's Hospital is equipped with 289 beds and staffed to care for children with complex illness and injury. Primary Children's is part of Intermountain Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system, and is the pediatric specialty teaching hospital for the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Rape Recovery Center: The Rape Recovery Center empowers those victimized by sexual violence through advocacy, crisis intervention, and therapy, and educates the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of sexual violence.
Ronald McDonald House Charities: The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. We envision a world where all children have access to medical care, and their families are supported and actively involved in their children's care.
Salt Lake Education Foundation: SLEF East High School Student Support: to promote student success in the Salt Lake City School District by using private donations to supplement children's educational experiences.
The Children's Center: The Children's Center provides comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
The Other Side Academy: The Other Side Academy is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization where criminals, homeless, and substance abusers can change their lives, free of charge. Our comprehensive two-year residential program offers vocational training, education, peer counseling and mentoring, leadership training and transitional services.
The Period Project is part of a worldwide movement of similarly focused nonprofit organizations. They aim to increase local, national, and global awareness of period poverty and delivering menstrual hygiene products to those in need. They are working to replace poverty with community and shame with dignity.
The Road Home: The Road Home is the largest emergency shelter in Utah, providing social services to individuals and families. As a private, non-profit social services agency, The Road Home assists people in identifying and overcoming the obstacles that have led them to becoming homeless.
Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 112 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. They have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory. They have a presence on Capitol Hill and in communities across the nation and are guided by science, learning, and adapting to create enduring solutions for future generations.
Uinta Institute is a Utah-based non-profit organization lead by Grandeur Peak's very own Brad Barth. Uinta Institute is a think tank focused on building a better future through tackling climate change.
Utah Clean Energy: Since 2001, Utah Clean Energy has lead the transition to a new clean energy economy in Utah and the West. Through advocacy, policy, and public outreach they tackle today's serious energy challenges with a toolbox of innovative solutions and workable strategies.
Utah Food Bank: For over 115 years, Utah Food Bank has stayed true to our objective of serving those in need throughout our state. We work tirelessly with community partners and volunteers to continue making an impact and fulfilling our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide.
Utah Youth Village: Utah Youth Village changes the lives of troubled children and families. The Village offers residential care in Treatment Foster Homes and in Group Homes. The Village also offers in-home help through Families First, an intensive program that teaches parents valuable skills. Other programs include Parenting For Success classes, therapy, and privately funded higher education grants for Village graduates.
Volunteers of America Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center: This organization is focused on helping homeless teenagers get out of poverty in the local community. Through the Homeless Youth Resource Center, they provide shelter, food, clothing, and mentor programs to help young people achieve their individual goals.
Women of the World works to help forcibly displaced women make Salt Lake City their home & build community through self-reliance and trust. Women of the World offers boutique service & capacity building programs enabling displaced women's self-reliance & community building. Empowering women from all nations to achieve independence, economic success, and a voice in the community.
Brigham Young University Student Scholarship: Students at Brigham Young University with a concentration in Finance may apply for a one year, full-tuition scholarship provided by Grandeur Peak Global Advisors.
KUER Public Radio: KUER is a public radio station broadcasting from the Eccles Broadcast Center at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. KUER's mission is to build a community of world citizens through story and art, discussion and debate, sound and creativity. KUER is a charter member of National Public Radio (NPR), a non-profit and tax-exempt organization striving to enhance the lives of its audience with a blend of news, information and entertainment in an unbiased, noncommercial context.
In conjunction with our support of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, donations will be made to The Helper Project. The Helper Project focuses on efforts to revitalize, preserve, encourage economic development, and promote cultural connections for the city of Helper Utah, a flourishing destination for incredible artistry.
The University of Utah continues to expand its campus, building the Crocker Science Center, Eccles Executive Education Building, and Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. These new structures help further learning in the fields of science, business, education, and arts.
First Ascent Scholars: The First Ascent Scholars Program cultivates, encourages and enables academically focused students with significant financial need to attend the Eccles School and connect with the University of Utah, local and global community while reaching their full academic potential.
Scholars are expected to give back to the broader community through volunteer work, engagement in First Ascent activities, and in their academic commitment at the Eccles School.
University of Utah Student Scholarship: Students at the University of Utah with a concentration in Finance may apply for a one year, full-tuition scholarship provided by Grandeur Peak Global Advisors.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Offering innovative exhibitions and programs, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is a hub for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape.
Utah Symphony: The Utah Symphony is one of America's major symphony orchestras, known internationally for its distinctive performances and recording legacy.