On Thursday (Feb. 25), Encircle -- a Utah non-profit offering community resources for LGBTQ youth -- announced a major expansion deal to bring their mission to more locations. Titled “$8 Million, 8 Houses,'' the new capital campaign aims to raise enough money to build eight new Encircle homes in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
To help kick off the campaign, Encircle enlisted "leaders representing tech, sports, and entertainment" for their help. Dan Reynolds and his wife Aja donated the singer's childhood home in Las Vegas, NV (valued at $1 million) to the new campaign. Ryan and Ashley Smith, similarly, will contribute $2 million, while Apple will donate $1 million and contribute "products that promote digital connection, creativity and education."