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What is The Mary Kay Foundation (TMKF)?
When was TMKF created?
What is the focus of TMKF?
Why is violence against women important to the Foundation?
To whom are cancer research grants made?
What types of grants are made in the area of violence against women?
Who serves on the Research Review Committee?
Will we be informed of The Mary Kay Foundation grant recipients?
If I have a question about TMKF, whom should I call?
If I want to donate by mail, where should I send my gift?
Will funds donated for each mission be used solely for that issue?
How do I send a donation in memory of or in honor of someone?
Is there a minimum or maximum amount of money that I can donate to the Foundation?
Can I hold my own fundraiser to help raise money for TMKF?
How many dollars are raised for TMKF during the annual Mary Kay Seminar held in Dallas each year?
Are there any products for sale that support the Foundation?
How much money was donated through The Mary Kay Foundation in 2012?
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
If I participate in a fundraising event, how can I ensure that I receive a tax receipt?
How much money does the Foundation receive for cell phones?
Should I return my charger and other accessories with my cell phone?
How do I order more phone bags?



Q: What is The Mary Kay Foundation (TMKF)?
A: It is a nonprofit foundation that receives donations from members of the general public, the Mary Kay independent sales force and employees. TMKF funds research grants to help find a cure for cancers affecting women.

It also funds women’s shelters and offers financial support to organizations that raise awareness and address the problem of violence against women.
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Q: When was TMKF created?
A: Mary Kay Ash created the Foundation in 1996.
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Q: What is the focus of TMKF?
A: The focus of the Foundation is to support the issues that were closest to Mary Kay’s heart, namely:

To find a cure for cancers affecting women (e.g., breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian) by awarding medical research grants.

To stop the incidence of violence against women by offering financial support to women’s shelters and other projects and grass roots organizations that are committed to this issue.
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Q: Why is violence against women important to the Foundation?
A: Our mission is to enrich women’s lives around the world. One woman in four will be a victim of abuse during her lifetime. In the U.S., a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds, resulting in thousands of women and children fleeing their homes and fearing for their lives.
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Q: To whom are cancer research grants made?
A: Grants are awarded to accredited medical schools and schools of public health located around the country. These proposals submitted to the TMKF go through a rigid review process by our Research Review Committee.
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Q: What types of grants are made in the area of violence against women?
A: TMKF funds programs committed to ending domestic violence. One of the first grants was awarded to the Association of Junior Leagues International to help underwrite a domestic violence media kit complete with television public service announcements.

In 2001, The Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Inc. underwrote a documentary on survivors of domestic violence who are creating healthy, stable lives for themselves. The title of the documentary is Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope. To obtain a copy, click here. A second documentary, Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories, also underwritten by TMKF, premiered in October 2005.

In ***, 150 grants of $20,000 each were made to selected women’s shelters (designated as nonprofit, tax-exempt by the IRS) around the United States. Since 2000, the Foundation has given over $28 million in shelter grants.

Also in 2006, the Foundation contributed $212,800 to the Self-Reliance Foundation for the ¡No Más Silencio! campaign. Partnering with the Hispanic Communications Network, the goal of this campaign was to increase awareness of and help prevent domestic violence, specifically in the Hispanic community nationwide.

Since 2003, the Foundation has given more than $2,495,000 million to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for both their Safety Net Program and their Direct Assistance Program.
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Q: Who serves on the Research Review Committee?
A: The Research Review Committee is comprised of prominent doctors and Ph.D.s who graciously volunteer their time to help the TMKF select deserving scientists (or recipients).
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Q: Will we be informed of The Mary Kay Foundation grant recipients?
A: Yes, we will publish a listing of grant recipients and their research subjects each year. There will be a similar list of violence against women projects published each year. We want people to know how their generous donations are being put to work.
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Q: If I have a question about TMKF, whom should I call?
A: You may call the toll-free Foundation office line at 1-877-MKCARES (1-877-652-2737).

Or you may call Nancy Thomason, executive project specialist, who worked closely with Mary Kay for 20 years, at 972-687-4515.
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Q: If I want to donate by mail, where should I send my gift?
A: Donations may be sent to TMKF, P.O. Box 799044, Dallas, TX 75379-9044. Online donations using a credit card are available here.

Checks or money orders should be made out to The Mary Kay Foundation.

You may designate the specific mission — cancer or violence against women — that you wish to support.

The Foundation is required to honor the wishes of the donor. Undesignated funds are used for both stated causes, violence and cancer research, at the direction of the board.
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Q: Will funds donated for each mission be used solely for that issue?
A: A person donating funds to the Foundation may designate the mission for which he or she wishes to see the money used. All funds donated for cancer will be spent for cancer research. All funds donated for the prevention of violence against women will be used for that mission. We take our responsibility to the donor seriously and will honor all designated gifts.
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Q: How do I send a donation in memory of or in honor of someone?
A: Please print clearly or type a note along with your donation indicating the person for whom the donation is made. Please include the name and address of the individual or family to whom you would like an acknowledgment sent. Please also include your own name and address so we can thank you for your donation.  
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Q: Is there a minimum or maximum amount of money that I can donate to the Foundation?
A: No, we will gladly accept any donation.
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Q: Can I hold my own fundraiser to help raise money for TMKF?
A: Yes, you may obtain more information about holding a third-party fundraiser from TMKF Web site at www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/Fundraiser.aspx or office by calling 1-877-MKCARES, or click here to print the forms.
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Q: How many dollars are raised for TMKF during the annual Mary Kay Seminar held in Dallas each year?
A: Seminar *** raised over $411,000.
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Q: Are there any products for sale that support the Foundation?
A: Visit the Mary Kay Gift Items section to see the items that you can buy to support the Foundation.
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Q: How much money was donated through The Mary Kay Foundation in ***?
A: More than $4.9 million was donated to the causes of funding research for cancers affecting women and preventing domestic violence against women. Those donations included over $1.7 million for cancer research and programs and over $3.2 million for domestic violence prevention programs.
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Q: Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
A: You will automatically receive a receipt for donations made by credit card, check or money order to The Mary Kay Foundation.
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Q: If I participate in a fundraising event, how can I ensure that I receive a tax receipt?
A: For security reasons and easier handling, the cash at most fundraisers is consolidated into one check or money order to be sent to the Foundation. If you’d like a tax receipt, we suggest you write a personal check to The Mary Kay Foundation. Only checks made directly to the Foundation, and not the event, are tax deductible.
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Q: How much money does the Foundation receive for cell phones?
A: The Mary Kay Foundation receives $2 for each cell phone.
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Q: Should I return my charger and other accessories with my cell phone?
A: No. Just return your cell phone.
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Q: How do I order more phone bags?
A: Call toll free 1-888-490-7635 or e-mail MaryKayBags@wm.com. Please leave your full name, mailing address and callback number for questions.
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