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So many ways to help

For more than three decades, Ouelessebougou Alliance has enjoyed great support of individuals who have donated their time, money and resources to help transform the lives of villagers in Ouelessebougou. Supporters of the Alliance are part of something really special – they are part of our community. A community that cares deeply about the welfare of our friends in Mali. Together we lift each other.

For more than three decades, the Alliance has hosted one of Salt Lake City’s premiere fundraising events to support our sister community of Ouelessebougou in Mali, West Africa. Please join us for the 33rd Annual Gala Auction on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Little America Hotel. This amazing evening is a night to celebrate our mission and support the families in our 25 partner villages. This family-friendly event, which hosts over 400 guests, will feature a delicious dinner buffet, an exciting silent and live auction and more. Our silent auction is one of the best in town. It includes a dessert auction with local sweets from over 40 Utah businesses.

Guests can bid on over 150 handcrafted items from Africa which not only supports the Alliance’s programs, but also the local merchants in Mali and surrounding countries. Smaller items can be purchased at our African Market. Our balloon fundraiser is a guest favorite where you can donate and automatically win a prize — then get the chance at one of the grand prizes which includes Disneyland tickets. Come join the fun, experience African culture with live entertainment and learn more about how Ouelessebougou Alliance is transforming thousands of village families.

TO ATTEND:  Buy Tickets or Sponsor a Table to support our work and gain exposure for your company. For more information: 2019 OA Auction Sponsor Agreement.

TO DONATE: Can’t make it to the Gala in person? Please consider making a financial contribution to support our 2019 programs.
Our annual procurement campaign runs January – April. If you are interested in making an in-kind donation to our Live or Silent auctions, please contact Emily Redd at

TO VOLUNTEER: Nearly 150 volunteers donate their time to make the Gala a success. To volunteer during the weekend of the event, please contact Vista Lloyd at

2018 Gala Sponsors

Join the many individuals, family foundations, corporations and institutions who generously support our mission. As a partner, your investment will truly transform the lives of men, women and children in Ouelessebougou. Here are some ideas of how you can get involved:

Become a mission or project sponsor. Projects vary each year and have included constructing classrooms, building wells, purchasing school supplies or equipment and providing training

Make Ouelessebougou Alliance your company, organization or school “Charity of the Year” and get your team involved in fundraising and awareness activities. Encourage your employees to support the cause by donating to Ouelessebougou Alliance through their employee giving, donation match or payroll deduction plans.

Support our annual Gala Auction Fundraiser held each spring by sponsoring a table, attending the event, making an in-kind donation or volunteering

Make an in-kind donation of a product or service that will be a budget-relieving contribution to our organization or programs

Help us connect with area schools, PTA’s or clubs for our Sister School and School Partnership programs.

Invite the Alliance to come speak to your business, organization or school. We love sharing about life in Mali and our organization!

We would love to discuss these and other ways to create a mutually beneficial partnership. Please contact us by calling 801-983-6254 or emailing Judy Hut at

School Partners
Is your school or club looking for a good cause to support? Do you want your students to learn about a developing country? Are you a parent volunteer or a member of the PTA looking for a meaningful activity? Then consider partnering with Ouelessebougou Alliance!

We have created unique and fun school partnerships for local elementary, middle/junior and high schools. Utah students can learn more about life in Mali and engage with students in Ouelessebougou through art exchange or pen pal programs. Schools can also help raise funds for the Alliance’s health and education programs. Students, parents, teachers and administrators work together to make a difference. Our partnerships can be customized to meet your needs and we encourage schools to make these projects their own. Whether it’s a one-time event or a year-long partnership, the Alliance will work with you to create a rewarding experience.

School partnerships are a great way to create socially minded students and give them an opportunity to support a global cause. We’ve received school donations of $80 to $8,000 and every penny is appreciated!

Contact Emily Redd at or 801-983-6254 to get involved for the 18-19 school year!

Our Partners
The Alliance’s partners are a community working together to provide life-changing tools in one of the world’s most impoverished rural regions. Our partners understand the power of sustainable development — providing not only fish for a day, but also training to fish for a lifetime.

Currently, we are not hosting any service expeditions to Mali. Our ophthalmology and dentistry teams for 2018 are full. We are looking for an OB/GYN to organize and lead an expedition in 2018.

Other Opportunities
Other volunteer opportunities in Utah come up periodically. These include office or moving help, supporting smaller events, working on special projects or serving on a committee. If you are interested in joining the on-call volunteer list, please email

Spring Semester 2019

Ouelessebougou Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Salt Lake City working in partnership with villagers to transform the quality of life in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa by delivering sustainable programs in health and education. For more information visit:

The Alliance is seeking interns to support our signature fundraising event, the 33rd Annual Gala Auction to be held on May 4, 2019 at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of fundraising, event planning and marketing while working for a great cause.

Description of Job Duties:
• Solicit in-kind donations for silent auction by phone, email and/or in person visits
• Perform detailed data entry on donors, solicitations and auction items
• Arrange for and/or pick-up silent auction items
• Assist with silent auction packaging, creating gift certificates and other event preparations
• Promote event and recognize donors online and through social media channels
• Assist with event coordination, set-up/clean-up, volunteer management and other duties as assigned

• Enthusiasm for the mission of Ouelessebougou Alliance and humanitarian work
• Comfortable making solicitations, sales and event experience preferred but not required
• Self-motivated and dependable! Committed to finishing projects and requirements of internship
• Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in a team environment
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office programs, Google Docs, data entry, social media, etc.

Location: 525 East 4500 South Suite F115, Millcreek, Utah 84107

Salary: Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the completion of the internship. We will also work with students to meet requirements for academic credit.

Schedule: 18 week internship from January 7 – May 10th. Flexible scheduling can be arranged; however, hours must be worked in the office between 9 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday unless otherwise indicated.
January – April 15 hours/week
April Extended event hours – some evening and Saturday work
May 3 8 hours ALL DAY (mandatory)
May 4 15 hours ALL DAY (mandatory
May 6 4 hours (mandatory)
May 7 – 10 6 hours

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