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The Gift of Philanthropy

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The University Hospital recently opened a new $42.5 million addition, the hospital’s first expansion in two-decades. That, alone, is notable. But, the fact money for the project came primarily from private donors is remarkable for a state-owned institution.

It is a reminder of the ongoing positive impact philanthropists have on Utah communities and organizations.

The hospital foundation received more than 2,000 donations for the expansion, including $7 million from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and $3 million from William H. Child and his wife Patricia.

The Eccles gift, in particular, came from a family foundation that continues to benefit the people of Utah in seemingly endless ways. Since its inception in 1982, the Eccles Foundation has distributed grants and gifts totaling more than $220 million. Literally scores of Utah organizations and thousands of individuals from one end of the state to the other have benefited from Eccles generosity.

Such selfless giving by the Eccles family, as well as other esteemed philanthropists advances the quality of life in Utah. KSL joins Utahns in an expression of appreciation to those who so generously share their wealth for the benefit of others.

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