February 13, 2020
South Jordan, Utah (Feb. 13, 2020) – The Kennecott Charitable Foundation recently donated $146,500 to support 50 local community charities. The foundation raised the money through entrance fees to the Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience in 2019 when it reopened to the public. Rio Tinto Kennecott’s Visitor Experience had 52,876 visitors last year, which included 1,492 students.
The Kennecott Charitable Foundation provides assistance to programs and entities supporting underserved populations and individuals in need along the Wasatch Front. The foundation has donated more than $3 million to local charities and non-profit organizations like People Helping People since its inception in 1992.
Kennecott Charitable Foundation President Matt Tobey said, “I’m proud that the Kennecott Charitable Foundation has made a measurable difference in the lives of underserved populations for almost three decades, and we recognize the importance of continuing the Foundations legacy in the future to help improve outcomes in our community.”
People Helping People Founder and Executive Director Kayleen Simmons said, “The Kennecott Charitable Foundation has consistently supported People Helping People and low-income women through generous donations and time donated by employees to volunteer, share job opportunities and help our clients discover how through successful employment they can feed, clothe and house themselves and their families. Their help and collaboration has changed many lives.”
The Foundation touches the lives of people from all walks of life, focusing on children, veterans, senior citizens, and those struggling with homelessness, disabilities or low income in the communities adjacent to Kennecott’s operations.
The Foundation is comprised of eight individuals from the greater Salt Lake Area and select Rio Tinto employees. Board members come from the southwestern part of the Salt Lake Valley, Magna, Copperton, and representatives from the educational and religious communities.