The Kennecott Charitable Foundation recently donated $131,000 to support 77 local community charities. The Foundation is organized as a non-profit entity giving funds exclusively for charitable purposes, and it is limited to providing assistance to programs and entities that support populations and individuals in need along the Wasatch Front.
The Foundation has historically raised money for local charities through tax-deductible entrance fees to the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center. The Visitor Center was relocated and did not open for the 2014 season following the 165-million-ton landslide at the Bingham Canyon Mine in 2013. Donations in 2014 were subsidized by Rio Tinto Kennecott.
The Foundation touches the lives of people of all different ages and walks of life focusing on children, veterans, disabled, homeless and senior citizens throughout the valley. The Foundation has donated more than $3 million to local community charities and non-profit organizations since the inception of the charity fund in 1992.
The Foundation consists of nine trustees who represent the greater Salt Lake area and Rio Tinto Kennecott. Trustees representing local government, education, religion, community and Rio Tinto Kennecott volunteer their time to help the Foundation positively impact local charities.
“Rio Tinto Kennecott has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting our local communities through the Charitable Foundation,” said Ted Himebaugh, president, Kennecott Charitable Foundation. “The Charitable Foundation also provides a way for us to continue assisting those in need in the future.”