1996

The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was established.

Our Milestones

1997

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

1998

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

“Silver Wings” was introduced to the independent sales force as a symbol of the Foundation.

2000

During the national Call to Protect program, Mary Kay Inc. presented cellular phones to Congressman Pete Sessions for domestic violence victims.

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

Mary Kay Independent National Sales Directors contributed their personal stories for the book – Paychecks of the Heart – in honor of Mary Kay Ash as a Foundation fundraiser.

2001

Beloved Founder Mary Kay Ash died on Thanksgiving Day, her favorite holiday. She left a generous bequest of $15 million ($1 million per year for 15 years) to The Foundation.

The Foundation launched in Canada and announced its support for the Look Good Feel Better program, a nonprofit service for women cancer patients.

Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope debuted on PBS. The Foundation, along with Mary Kay Inc., underwrote this documentary about violence against women in 2000.

2002

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

The Family Violence Prevention Fund presents The Foundation and Mary Kay Inc. with the first community service award named for Mary Kay Ash.

2003

The Baylor Health Care System Foundation honored The Foundation with the Circle of Care Award.

The Foundation made an initial grant of $500,000 to the Safety Net Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a project that teaches domestic violence victims to safely and strategically use technology to protect themselves and their families.

The Foundation received the Ron J. Anderson, M.D., Healthcare Servant Leadership Award, which is given by the Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, an association of health industry leaders working to improve our nation’s health care system.

San Fernando Valley Child Abuse Council honored The Foundation with the Distinguished Organization Award, which recognizes organizations that go above and beyond to eliminate domestic violence and child abuse.

And Stirred With Love cookbook debuted featuring favorite recipes from Mary Kay Ash and Mary Kay Independent National Sales Directors from around the world with proceeds benefiting The Foundation.

2004

Mary Kay Ash received the Humanitarian Rose Award at Kensington Palace in London for the work she inspired through The Foundation.

The Foundation received the Community Service Award from the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles.

Lifetime Television’s Times Square Project honored The Foundation for its work to stop violence against women.

2005

The Foundation underwrote Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories, a documentary that attracted more than 600,000 viewers in 44 states.

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

Mary Kay Ash was honored as a Texas Legend by Belo Corporation and Cadillac for her foresight in establishing The Foundation and its national work, as well as her entrepreneurial genius that provides opportunities for women to achieve success.

2006

The Foundation underwrote the ¡No Más Silencio! campaign to help prevent domestic violence in the Hispanic population nationwide.

The Foundation held its second annual 5K Fun Run and Walk, renaming the event the MK5K ®.

2007

A Kiss for Country philanthropic program debuted and raised $10,000 for The Foundation.

The Foundation granted the Safety Net Program of the National Network to End Domestic Violence $200,000 to produce and distribute the training CD Survivors Technology: A Safety Planning Tool.

The Foundation awarded $200,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for its Love Is Respect program to raise awareness and champion zero tolerance of dating violence among teens.

2008

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

The Foundation donated $300,000 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence to translate the CD Survivors Technology: A Safety Planning Tool into Spanish.

The American Society of Breast Disease announced the Mary Kay Ash Advanced Training program in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

Genesis Women's Shelter presented the 2008 Jane Doe Award to The Foundation for its work on behalf of battered women and children.

YWCA honored Mary Kay Ash at its 100 Women, 100 Years Centennial Gala.

2009

The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation changed its name to The Mary Kay Foundation.

The Foundation held its first Suits for Shelters program.

Mary Kay Ash was featured in the book, How to Be Like Women of Influence.

The Foundation built its first five Nature Explore Classrooms in the United States.

2010

The Foundation contributed $300,000 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence with $200,000 earmarked to support the Amy's Courage Fund, which provided assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children.

The Mary Kay Foundation Facebook fan page was created.

2011

The Foundation donated $15,000 to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for its Teal Totes for ovarian cancer patients.

2012

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

Text-to-donate was first used to fundraise for the Team Up for Women! ®  campaign.

2013

The Foundation held a Shelter Grant Facebook contest to honor Mary Kay’s 50th anniversary.

The Foundation Ambassadors Club was created.

The Mary Kay Foundation blog was created.

2014

The NewGen auxiliary group was formed to help advise and fundraise for The Foundation.

2015

Mary Kay Inc. began matching donations made on Giving Tuesday. Donations raised were divided
between CancerCare and Polaris, the first human trafficking organization The Foundation has funded.

2016

The Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The Foundation awarded a $250,000 endowment to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in honor of Dr. Jerry Shay.

The Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to The Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction
Awareness Fund.

2017

The Foundation celebrated the 10th anniversary of the underwriting of the Conference on Crimes Against Women.

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