At Ed Direction, we pride ourselves on helping improve our community directly, not only through our community-minded clients.
Not only does our organization give back to the community on a high level, but we’ve also dedicated some of our best minds to improving social outcomes and creating lasting change for our world’s future. Giving back is in our DNA and we do it both as an organization and individually. We believe this makes us better consultants as we more fully understand the spectrum of challenges our society and our clients face.
Giving Back as an Organization
We follow a methodical process when evaluating requests for donations. Our philanthropic committee meets regularly and places particular emphasis on accountability for results and efficient application and administration of donations. The committee gives greater weight to requests that encourage shared responsibility between the donor group and those receiving assistance.
A selection of groups who have recently received financial, in-kind, and physical support include:
Feeding those in need through:
- The Catholic Community Center, St. Vincent de Paul
- Mary’s Meals
Improving public education through contributions to:
- Education First
- University of Utah
- Prosperity 2020
- Envision Utah
Giving Back as Individuals
Ed Direction team members lead and serve on several local and national philanthropic boards and donate significant time and effort to youth, civic, and religious groups.
In addition to general community involvement among its team members, Ed Direction sponsors an annual competition to create and implement a community service project. This initiative, named Be the Change, encourages Ed Direction team members to submit proposals for a project that fits the following criteria:
- Measureable Impact
- Alignment with Ed Direction’s charitable giving
- Demonstrated passion and creativity
Winners of this competition are given dedicated funds and five paid days out of the office to execute their project in partnership with another organization. Finalists in 2015 proposed projects including providing inmates with education to develop computer programming skills, renovating refugee housing, and supplying under-privileged elementary-aged children with meals outside of what they receive in school.