Thursday, May 7, 2009


Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation- Giving Increases During Economic Downturn

I am proud to be a part of this Company - just look at what was accomplished in 2008!

Mary Kay Ash inspired us with these words, "Belief in success is the one basic absolutely essential ingredient in successful people. Obviously, if you think victory, you will succeed. Belief is the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in this life. A person is actually a product of her own thoughts; and when you think big, you achieve big things. Shakespeare said, "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.' He who would attain greatness must make no little plans."
Consistently, our donors have joined with us in big, big ways to support Mary Kay's dream of eliminating cancers that affect women and ending domestic violence. They are truly impressive and inspiring! Their steadfast commitment and heartfelt energies have enabled the Foundation to make a difference in the lives of women and their families through grants and creative initiatives. Our support for vital programs has surged from $500,000 in 1997 to $3.6 million in 2004 to $5.4 million in 2008, our largest amount of giving ever.

Here are highlights of what we accomplished together in 2008:

Granted 150 domestic violence shelters $20,000 each -- a total of $3 million
Awarded 15 respected doctors and medical scientists $100,000 each in cancer research grants -- a total of $1.5 million
Donated $500,000 to CancerCare Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free professional help to people with cancer, for its Touching Hearts program
Contributed $300,000 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence to produce a Spanish version of the CD Survivor's Technology: An Interactive Safety Planning Tool, and to support the Amy's Courage Fund, which provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children
Gave $225,000 to the American Society of Breast Disease for the Mary Kay Ash Advanced Training Program in Onoplastic Breast Surgery
Raised $165,960 in the Team Up For Women! Challenge
Raised $283,570 from donations at Seminar 2008
Raised more than $97,000 in sponsorships in the 4th annual MK5K®

By sustaining our big hopes, dreams and actions, we will continue to be a positive force in the world.


  1. Let me be Captain Obvious here for a minute. I am all for believing in yourself, looking at your life in the better rather than worse light, etc. What I'm not into...and I doubt Shakespeare was either...was blind faith, or any type of belief that flies in the face of facts. When you believe in doing something big, also believe in doing something smart, and do your homework. Do research. Make financial (and other) plans. Have a plan B in case plan A does not work.

    This can also be viewed as believing in yourself to be a smart enough person that you can and WILL sit down and make feasible plans and analyses when you have a big action to accomplish, and periodically evaluate your progress.

    I don't like stuff like "The Secret" that espouses magical thinking. Believingand wishing hard enough does not make things just happen magically. Having a moment of anger in stuck traffic does not give you cancer. That's kind of like...ok, permit me to be crass, did y'all see the South Park episode with the Underpants Gnomes? The gnomes' plan was:

    1. Gather underpants.
    2. ???
    3. Profit!

    Don't be an underpants gnome. Back up your beliefs with things that are empirically provable.

    ok, off my soapbox.

  2. All that giving to others is nothing short of awesome.

    Giving back is the key to everything, that, I beleive, is what we were put on this earth to do, is help someone. Use your blessing to bless somebody else. This is what God wants us to do I believe, love one another and help each other.

    Mary Kay is NOT affiliated with any religion, but I think the philospy of helping others is something that everyone can identify with. PT will try to spin something negative about it, I am sure, but so what.
    This organization will just keep on moving and keep making a difference in the lives of others around the world.

  3. I agree with you on "The Secret" Miranda. I do believe in a law of attraction but I dont think it should be mixed with scripture or new age thinking, I think its all effort and positive thinking. I could go on and on why Im not a proponent of the Secret but its not appropriate in this forum.

    Forever Pink I truly believe MK is successful because they give back to charitable organiztions. I know some people say corporations give because its a tax write off but I dont care either way they give to more organizations than a lot of other direct sales companies and it comes right back to them in the way of profits. MK has made a difference in the lives of others.


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