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When Fraser Nelson launched the Community Foundation of Utah in 2008, it was a risky idea, if not crazy. Starting an organization to make philanthropy accessible to all Utahns was a stretch—especially in the middle of a nation-wide recession.

But last March, the foundation’s second annual Love UT Give UT campaign raised over $1 million for over 300 organizations online in just 24 hours.  “That’s why we call it Love UT Give UT—people love this state and love the organizations that make Utah such great place to live,” she says.

Prior to the Community Foundation, Nelson led Utah’s Disability Law Center for 10 years and served as president of the Utah Nonprofits Association. She’s also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah’s School of Business.

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