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The Mary Kay Foundation Giving Increases During Economic Downturn

Mary Kay Ash inspired us with her belief in success for all people, most notably women. As an experienced leader in the business world she felt it vital that all women should have the opportunity to attain their goals and never be limited by anything but their own imagination and drive to succeed. A person is actually a product of their own thoughts; and when you think big, you achieve big things.

Consistently, our donors have joined with us in big, big ways to support Mary Kay's dream of eliminating cancers that affect women and ending domestic violence. They are truly impressive and inspiring! Their steadfast commitment and heartfelt energies have enabled the Foundation to make a difference in the lives of women and their families through grants and creative initiatives. Our support for vital programs has surged from $500,000 in 1997 to $3.6 million in 2004 to almost $5 million in 2013.

Here are highlights of what we accomplished together in 2013: (English) | (Spanish)

  • Granted 150 domestic violence shelters $20,000 each – a total of $3 million
  • Awarded 10 respected doctors and medical scientists $100,000 each in cancer research grants – a total of $1 million
  • Awarded four Nature Explore Classrooms $20,000 each – a total of $80,000
  • Donated $400,000 to CancerCare Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free professional help to people with cancer, for its Touching Hearts program
  • Raised $464,000 from donations at Seminar 2013
  • Raised $271,000 in the Mary Kay Charity Golf Classic
  • Raised more than $137,000 in the Dallas annual MK5K® and Northeast Branch annual MK5K®

By sustaining our big hopes, dreams and actions, we will continue to be a positive force in the world.

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Mary Kay Inc. is the major corporate sponsor of The Mary Kay Foundation. Because of the Company’s generous support, more than 97 percent of dollars donated by supporters like you can go directly to programs and research. Less than three percent goes to administrative and overhead costs.
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