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Metro Business Report October 14, 2009

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Utah residents and businesses give back to their communities, continually ranking the state among the most charitable in the country based on generosity indexes that compare donations to total income.

As the economy entered the recession, charitable giving went on the decline. According to a recent survey, more than 60 percent of companies have either reduced their charitable donations or plan to.

Health-benefits company Humana is helping tilt the scale in the other direction by announcing three finalists for the Utah Benefits grant. The program gives non-profit organizations the opportunity to receive a one-time infusion of funding of 100-thousand dollars to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that enrich the mind, body or spirit of Utah. The three selected finalist organizations are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the University of Utah College of Social Work. Congratulations to the finalists and many thanks to Humana for their support.

This is Lane Beattie for KSL News Radio.

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