Kennecott Charitable Foundation donates $160,000 to local charities

Jan. 21, 2016

South Jordan, Utah – The Kennecott Charitable Foundation recently donated $160,000 to support 78 local community charities. The Foundation is organized as a non-profit entity giving funds exclusively for charitable purposes and is limited to providing assistance to programs and entities supporting populations and individuals in need along the Wasatch Front. Donations in 2015 were provided by Rio Tinto Kennecott and its employees.

The Foundation touches the lives of people of all different ages and walks of life focusing on children, veterans, disabled, homeless and senior citizens throughout the valley. The Foundation has donated more than $3 million to local community charities and non-profit organizations since the inception of the charity fund in 1992.

The Foundation consists of nine trustees who represent the greater Salt Lake area and Rio Tinto Kennecott. Trustees representing local government, education, religion and community volunteer their time to help the Foundation positively impact local charities.

“Rio Tinto Kennecott has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting our local communities through the Charitable Foundation,” said Ted Himebaugh, president, Kennecott Charitable Foundation. “The Charitable Foundation also provides a way for us to continue helping those needing assistance in the future.”

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About Rio Tinto Kennecott

As the second largest copper producer in the United States, Rio Tinto Kennecott comprises nearly 25 percent of U.S. copper production. Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the top producing copper mines in the world with production at more than 19 million tons. Rio Tinto purchased Kennecott and related facilities in 1989 and has invested more than $2 billion in modernization since that time. Kennecott has also spent more than $350 million on the cleanup of historic mining waste and $100 million on groundwater cleanup. Take a closer look at kennecott.com.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the United Kingdom, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. 

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and Southern Africa. www.riotinto.com