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The Three Corners group is named for the area that encompasses parts of Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Martini said they want to learn about nonprofit opportunities in all three states. The goal is to fund projects in the areas of safety and health, education, and economic advancement and leadership for women and girls.
The Three Corners group is named for the area that encompasses parts of Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Martini said they want to learn about nonprofit opportunities in all three states. The goal is to fund projects in the areas of safety and health, education, and economic advancement and leadership for women and girls.
June 20, 2013

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Women and girls in southwestern Utah have a new group of advocates - who are also women and girls. The new Three Corners Women's Giving Circle is the second such grassroots fund-raising group in the state. The women who join each pledge an amount of money every year to be pooled and spent helping others.

Founder Stephanie Martini of St. George says some "giving circles" in other parts of the country set high dollar amounts to join and high expectations for members' involvement, but that isn't the case in Utah. Instead, she said, it's a learning experience for women of all ages.

"Part of this is to educate us about philanthropy and the local nonprofits that are available. We're focusing just locally. There are a ton of good causes out there, but we just felt that if we start at home, hopefully the movement will spread outward."

The Three Corners group is named for the area that encompasses parts of Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Martini said they want to learn about nonprofit opportunities in all three states. The goal is to fund projects in the areas of safety and health, education, and economic advancement and leadership for women and girls.

Like its counterpart, the Utah Women's Giving Circle formed two years ago, there are three membership levels. The highest donation amount is $250 a year. There are $100 memberships for younger women and students, and a $50 membership for girls under age 18, to encourage their input.

In the first two months, Martini said, they have raised $8,000.

"I was a little bit hesitant, because I'm not the kind of person to go out and ask people for money," Martini said. "Now, I'm completely ecstatic about it - and I'm ecstatic about the possibilities."

The group is operating under the guidance of the Communities Foundation of Utah. The Three Corners Women's Giving Circle will have its first meeting in July.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - UT