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The Mary Kay Foundation

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The Mary Kay Foundation

Our Mission

Eliminate Cancer

Will you be the one in three women diagnosed with some form of cancer during your lifetime? If not, you will likely know her. She may be your friend, neighbor, mother, sister or even your daughter. With your support, The Mary Kay Foundation is dedicated to eliminating cancers affecting women.

End Domestic Violence

Home should be a safe haven. Unfortunately, the homes of thousands of women and children are plagued by domestic violence. With your help, The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to stopping the violence, breaking the silence and making a difference for these women and children.

Mary Kay Ash believed in the power of women — especially when they work together to help others. Today, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ carries on this legacy with Team Up for Women!® From April 1 to May 12, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants are reaching out to women everywhere in the annual Team Up for Women!® fundraiser. Please join us in the fight against cancers that affect women and ending domestic violence by supporting The Mary Kay Foundation℠ with your donation. Together, we can make a difference.

Participation Information

2019 Shelter Grant Application

2019 application

2019 Cancer Grant Application

2019 application

2018 Grant Recipients

Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program

Each year, The Mary Kay Foundation awards $3 million to domestic violence shelters across the country. We’re pleased to announce this year’s recipients.

2018 recipients

Cancer Research Grant Program

The Foundation awards $1.2 million in grants to select doctors and medical scientists focusing on curing cancers that affect women.

2018 recipients

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Our History

Virtually everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. Mary Kay Ash's personal encounter came in 1980 when her husband, Mel Ash, died of lung cancer. Subsequently, each time a member of the extended Mary Kay family was diagnosed with cancer, she became even more determined to work to find a cure.

In 1987, Mary Kay decided to put her money where her heart was and asked employees at Mary Kay Inc. and the independent sales force to do the same. Together, they began raising funds for cancer research, and in 1996, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was established to formalize the raising and distributing of research funds for cancers affecting women. In 2009, the name of the Foundation was changed to The Mary Kay Foundation.

Mary Kay Ash cared about all issues affecting women, and she knew domestic violence was a problem in the community. She began to hear how prevalently this issue affected the Mary Kay Inc. independent sales force across the nation. So in July 2000, The Foundation embraced a second mission: to prevent violence against women.

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Our Ambassadors

Elaine Goubil
Mobile, Alabama
Tamara Crismore
Libby, Montana
Tonia Pinkerton
Mount Orab, Ohio
Darlene Beckett
Killeen, Texas
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