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
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. A second documentary, Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories
, also underwritten by TMKF, premiered in October 2005.
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.
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.
In 2015, 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 $40 million in shelter grants.