Sorenson Legacy Foundation Grant

Sorenson Legacy Foundation

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Next deadline: Mar 1, 2022

Later deadlines: Jun 1, 2022, Sep 1, 2022, Dec 1, 2022

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Performing Arts Art Education Artist Training & Development Family Services Youth Services Child Welfare Services Medical Technology & Devices Community Development & Revitalization Community/Public Safety Affordable Housing Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Crime Prevention & Justice Environment Environmental Conservation Parks & Public Spaces Interfaith Cooperation / Religious Freedom Education - Higher Education Health & Medicine Peacebuilding Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Preferred: Utah Other eligible locations: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Our Mission

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation is a non-profit corporation established by the late biotechnology pioneer and entrepreneur James LeVoy Sorenson and his wife, education philanthropist Beverley Taylor Sorenson, for the purpose of promoting charitable, artistic, religious, educational, literary and scientific endeavors. The foundation is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation was created to improve the lives of others and the world in which we live. The foundation supports a wide range of endeavors, from community development and education to health care, scientific and artistic pursuits.

What We Fund


As a teacher, Beverley believed the arts are essential to broadening our children’s minds starting in elementary. She helped promote legislation so Utahn children would be exposed to more of the arts. She saw the arts as equal in importance in the development and success of children as sciences and math. Education continues to be a focus area for the foundation because she was a champion for the cause.

The foundation continues to support seven major universities in the development of elementary arts studies. The goal of education funding will always be to improve the breadth and depth of the art education and experiences of young students. Whether that be by supporting elementary programs or teachers who develop the talents of students.

Health Care

Having never fulfilled his dream of becoming a doctor, James devoted much of his fortune to provide better medical assistance for saving lives and alleviating pain and suffering.

Grants are awarded to facilities that work toward improving these aims as well as medical research, medical technologies, and other innovations that provide safe health care and quick recoveries.


James was always interested in how to improve products or processes and never settled for the status quo. His 60+ patents are proof of his desire to innovate areas in order to improve quality of life and equality of experience.

Grants are awarded to organizations that share the same passion for technological advances and care for humanity. Unlike the other areas funded, grants for innovation are open to any category or sector where innovative ideas and technologies can change the lives of people for the better.


Both James and Beverley Sorenson were committed to improving the lives of those in their communities. From a young age, James served others including through a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The foundation recognizes the ways to help our communities are vast. Grants are given to programs that focus on protecting and preserving the environment, assist the disenfranchised of society, and promote understanding and tolerance in our world.


Ideas include, but are not limited to, projects and programs which: 


  • promote the development of the arts, including art education in schools
  • assist promising young artists
  • support performing arts organizations
  • promote education and job training


  • enhance the quality of life of all humankind
  • promote the development of science, culture, and recreation
  • protect and enhance the environment
  • promote the development of parks and green spaces

Health Care

  • promote medical research
  • develop innovative medical technologies for saving lives
  • alleviate pain and suffering


  • encourage and support the long-term preservation of families and children;
  • assist the disenfranchised of society, such as abused spouses and children
  • promote community development and security and adequate and affordable housing
  • promote law and order generally
  • provide youth with alternatives to gangs, crime, and socially nonproductive behavior
  • promote world peace and unity through greater understanding and tolerance
  • advance the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations
    • approved and in good standing with IRS 501(c)(3) requirements;
    • municipalities or public schools.


  • Preference for organizations whose efforts are in Utah.


This page was last reviewed November 24, 2021 and last updated November 24, 2021