The Mary Kay Foundation Donates $3 Million to Domestic Violence Shelters Nationwide in Light of Downturn in the Economy
Foundation Reinforces Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence Recognizing 150
Shelters Nationwide with Annual Shelter Grant Program
The Mary Kay Foundation`s annual shelter grant giving program awarded $3 million
in total grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states. Each shelter
received a $20,000 grant to help combat domestic violence, educate local
communities, provide much needed shelter and rehabilitation for survivors and
keep shelters open during the current economic downturn. In light of the
economy, the Foundation is reinforcing its commitment to help bring an end to
domestic violence, especially in a time when donations are down and the need for
services is on the rise.
Domestic Violence and the Economy
In May 2009, "Mary Kay`s Truth About Abuse" survey of domestic violence shelters
across the country revealed some alarming results: three out of four domestic
violence shelters report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse
since September 2008, a major turning point in the U.S. economy. The survey data
directly connects the downturn in the economy to an increase in domestic
violence. Additionally, www.endabuse.org reports nearly one in four women in the
United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or
boyfriend at some point in her life.
"The economy is exacerbating domestic violence, and the demand for victim
services is up," said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End
Domestic Violence. "We applaud The Mary Kay Foundation for stepping up and
making this significant investment in life-saving domestic violence services.
The Mary Kay Foundation`s contribution will help survivors of domestic violence
live safer lives."
The Mary Kay Foundation - Shelter Grants at Work
Every October, The Mary Kay Foundation observes National Domestic Violence
Awareness Month by awarding grants to deserving women`s shelters. These grants
provide services such as counseling, transportation vehicles, emergency shelter,
food, clothing and basic needs to domestic violence survivors and their
"The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to ending domestic violence through our
partnerships with shelters nationwide who provide the critical services
survivors need most," said Anne Crews, The Mary Kay Foundation board member and
vice president of Mary Kay Inc. "Especially now, with the need for services
increasing and donations on the decline, we are grateful for the opportunity to
make a difference in the lives of women and children who will be impacted by our
annual shelter grant giving program."
Mary Kay has long recognized the importance of educating women about domestic
violence and keeping them safe from it. Mary Kay Inc. provides materials on
domestic violence awareness and prevention to its independent sales force which
exceeds 2 million members worldwide. The Mary Kay Foundation is supported by
thousands of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants, Mary Kay Inc. and is an
important part of the legacy of Mary Kay Ash.
About The Mary Kay Foundation
The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to
fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence
while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation`s inception, it has
awarded nearly $22 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence
prevention and $13 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout
the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, log on to
www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
About Mary Kay
Mary Kay, one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics,
realized another year of record results. In 2008 Mary Kay Inc. and its
international subsidiaries achieved $2.6 billion in wholesale sales worldwide.
Mary Kay products are sold in more than 35 markets worldwide, and the global
Mary Kay independent sales force exceeds 2 million. To learn more about Mary
Kay, log on to www.marykay.com or call 1-800-MARY KAY (1-800-627-9529).