Established '96

The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was founded in 1996.


The first grants were awarded to fund six innovative research programs targeting breast and ovarian cancers.


St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas dedicated its Mary Kay Ash Institute for Cancer Research in honor of her support.


The Foundation embraced a second mission to prevent violence against women.


The Foundation received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Commission on Assaults Against Women.


The Foundation held the first annual 5K Fun Run and Walk in Dallas.


The State of Nevada proclaimed April 10 as Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation Day.


The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation changed its name to The Mary Kay Foundation.
The Foundation built its first five Nature Explore Classrooms in the United States.


The first annual Mary Kay Charity Golf Classic was hosted to raise funds for The Foundation.


The Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary.
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