The Garbett Family Foundation

In 2001, Jan and Bryson Garbett, believing that there was more to business than just the bottom line, felt a responsibility, on a personal and professional level, to give back to the community. They believed their biggest impact could happen by forming a family foundation that could give back to the Utah community and the world.

Here are some of the causes that we have supported over the years: 

  • Media Literacy Now: to support media literacy skills for children
  • Big Ocean Women: Participation in NY UN conference for the rights of indigenous women and girls
  • Building Youth, Utah Foundation: to support a garden project in a Mexican orphanage
  • Libertas institute: to support a libertarian think tank to advance the cause of liberty within the State of Utah
  • Interweave Solutions: for Lifting People Out of Poverty in developing countries through Self-Reliant Training
  • Academy for creating Enterprise, Homeless, International Center for Law and Human Dignity
  • Girl Scouts of Utah: Project focused on adult leadership and refugee Girl Scout units
  • Wasatch Community Gardens to invest in community vegetable gardens and how they grow the local food system
  • Escalera Foundation: Fund schools and scholarship programs for indigenous children in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Battered Women: support women who are victims of domestic violence
  • University of Utah: Provided $10k in scholarships in 2011 for College of Nursing; paid for the “Mother Teresa Room”, provided financial support to College of Humanities for writing studies scholar program – a 5-year commitment of $20K each year beginning in 2017
  • ASAP: Help High school first generation graduating students apply for college.
  • BYU-Hawaii: Funding courses that teach human dignity and religious freedom giving students from developing countries the tools to promote this in their countries.
  • Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity: Provide ongoing expertise in construction and provided property forHabitat to build homes for seven families
  • Brigham Young University- Supported creation of new minor in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences promoting leadership in civic engagement opportunities and stimulating civic engagement
  • Southern Sudan Humanitarian: address humanitarian needs in war torn Sudan
  • Women for FUTURE (Families United Toward Universal Respect): Helping Iraqi women establish and grow their volunteer networks to help the country’s war widows and orphans in need of care and livelihoods.
  • BYU Immigrant Ancestors project: Enabled the university to begin Immigrant Ancestors database of millions of immigrants and their data from emigration registers for historical research purposes.
  • Salt Lake Choral Artists: $500K matching grant that enabled the choral artists organization to purchase their own building as well as commission a Native American choral work