Utah LGBTQ+ nonprofit group to expand after $4M donations

PROVO, Utah (AP) – A Utah nonprofit providing resources for LGBTQ + youth is expanding to other states upon receipt of $ 4 million in donations.

Encircle charitable donations include a $ 2 million donation from Qualtrics founder and owner of Utah Jazz, Ryan Smith and his wife, Ashley Smith, and $ 1 million from Apple, according to a statement.

Imagine the dragon singer Dan Reynolds and his wife Aja Volkman donating to Reynolds’ children’s home in Las Vegas, which is worth about $ 1 million.

The donations announced Thursday will fuel Encircle’s $ 8 million, 8 homes campaign to build eight new resource homes in Utah, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada.

Encircle currently operates homes in Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George, the Daily Herald reported.

Ryan and Ashley Smith, Reynolds, Volkman and Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, will co-chair the campaign, the newspaper reported.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox called Encircle a “visionary organization” and said in a statement that “we cannot overestimate the impact it has on the lives of young people struggling with acceptance and inclusion on a daily basis” .

“We are grateful for the impact Encircle has had in our communities and are pleased that their leadership and vision are expanding nationwide,” said the governor.

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