Park City Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund has donated over $120,000 to nonprofit organizations that are improving the lives of women and children in Greater Park City. The Fund was created in 2013, and has united over 1,300 women in building an endowment that will help the women and children of Park City in perpetuity. Debbie Morton has been a member since Women’s Giving Fund was created, and loves that the goal of the Fund brings women from all different backgrounds together in pursuit of a common goal. Debbie is also a Wonder Woman, supporting Women’s Giving Fund on an annual basis.
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I grew up as an Air Force brat until I was 14. As a kid, I primarily lived on the east coast, but I lived in Germany when I was in 6th grade. From 6th to 10th grade I attended 5 different schools. As a result, I learned how to adapt to new situations and to make the best of any situation. My parents taught us that life is an adventure and to embrace it!
Q: Why do you think Park City is a unique place to live and give?
A: There are so many interesting people that come from so many diverse backgrounds living in Park City. Many of us are fortunate enough to have been able to retire here. And others have chosen to live and raise families here. It is a wonderful community that works together to make it a fabulous place. The collaboration between the city and county governments, the nonprofits, and those that live and work here is amazing. The arts, culture, skiing, hiking, biking, and golfing are outstanding.
Q: How do you fit giving into your life here?
A: In a previous life I worked in the nonprofit sector for 13 years. I have served on countless nonprofit boards and committees. When we first moved to Park City, I was burnt out from all of the volunteer work that I was involved in and wanted to take a break, and carefully decide what to get involved in. That was in 2013, the same year Women’s Giving Fund was established. Choosing to participate in Women’s Giving Fund was a fabulous opportunity to meet other like-minded women and give back to the community. In 2016 I got involved with the first Alzheimer’s Walk in Park City (my dad had Alzheimer’s for 12 years), and I am co-chair of the walk for the second year. My interests have always been in education, women and children, the aging population, and land preservation.
Q: How would you spend your perfect Park City day?
A: In the winter I love to spend my time skiing or snowshoeing, and in the summer, hiking with girlfriends and golf.
Q: What is it about Park City Community Foundation that you love?
A: There are many things that I love about the Community Foundation. I love that it represents all 126 nonprofits in Park City. The roundtables for the executive directors and board members, which any nonprofit in Park City can attend, are an amazing way to collaborate and share best practices. The roundtables create an environment of collaboration and learning from each other that is invaluable. I am also a firm believer in the benefit of endowments. They are a great way to provide sustaining support to a nonprofit for years to come and can also be a great opportunity for a matching grant. I love Live PC Give PC. It is a fabulous way for everyone to get involved in giving back to the community and is a fun day that brings out Park City’s competitive spirit.
I especially like the way that Park City Community Foundation has been able to collaborate these last few years to help identify and support some of the critical issues facing Park City – such as Mental Health, Early Childhood Education, and Social Equity. And of course, I am most passionate about the Women’s Giving Fund and the way it brings women together to help other women and children in Park City and Summit County. Park City Community Foundation is doing a fabulous job of supporting and educating the nonprofit community in Park City, and we all benefit from their efforts.
Debbie and her husband Franklin are also big supporters of the Community Foundation, Live PC Give PC, and are Community Pass Club members.