Everyone has that person on their list that feels impossible to shop for. That person who “has everything.” I usually end up buying food gifts for people like that, because who doesn’t love food? But I also love having options. And since giving is the underlying point of the holiday season, why not give a gift that gives back? (say that five times fast)
Giving a donation in someone’s name is like killing two birds with one stone. Not only are you showing the receiver that you know them well enough to know what they’d be interested, you’re also helping to better the community in their name. So, with that in mind, here are five nonprofits that are sure to finish up your Christmas list.
The museum formerly known as Salt Lake Art Center has seen some very impressive growth over the last few years. The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is “a hub for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape” in downtown Salt Lake City and the perfect place to make a donation for a contemporary art nerd.
The goal of Art Access is to provide “equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.” A donation here would be perfect for anyone in your life who loves creating art and knows how artistic expression can impact a person’s life.
Salt Lake Film Society
The Salt Lake Film Society is a film buff’s dream. In fact, if you have a film fan in your life there’s a good chance they’re already a member. In addition to offering “offering diverse, high quality film programming” from new and established filmmakers, SLFS is a place for people to meet and discuss “the diverse variety of topics that cinema brings to life.” Donating in someone’s name is a great way to support their film habit.
Know someone with an interest in live theater and politics? Plan-B Theater is right up their alley, developing and producing “unique and socially conscious theatre with a particular emphasis on new plays by Utah playwrights.” Donating to Plan-B theater helps the many talented voices of Utah be heard through thought-provoking and entertaining plays.
Spice Kitchen Incubator
This new endeavor is one of my favorites, and any foodie would be honored to have a donation made to Spice Kitchen Incubator in their name. The goal is to “to bring together refugees and other disadvantaged community members interested in starting a full or part-time food business.” What’s not to love about the possibility of adding vibrant, diverse eateries to the Salt Lake area? I’m hungry already.
Even if you’ve finished your Christmas shopping (you over-achiever, you), now is still the perfect time to give back to the community through any one of the amazing local nonprofits in the area.