KIMBERLY-CLARK FOUNDATION TOGETHER WITH TOM AND KAREN FALK DONATE $1 MILLION DOLLARS TO UNITED WAY OF METROPOLITAN DALLAS
Gift to Address Long-Term Challenges Affecting Education, Income and Health in North Texas
DALLAS – Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark Foundation, together with the company’s Dallas-based employees and former executive chairman Tom Falk and Karen Falk, announced a combined $1 million commitment to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.
As their service as chairs of the United Way 2019-20 campaign draws to a close, the Falk’s have pledged a personal gift of $500,000, while the Kimberly-Clark Foundation is donating an additional $500,000. The combined gifts are designated to specifically address long-term challenges affecting education, income and health outcomes in North Texas communities caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
The gift caps off a campaign year marked by significant community impact, caring for people who serve others and live united to inspire lasting change. The Falk’s’ leadership has been marked by a passion for local community heroes, ordinary people that do an extraordinary amount of good with their time and talents, often without recognition.
“We are incredibly grateful for the leadership and generosity of Tom and Karen Falk and the Kimberly-Clark Foundation,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton CEO and President, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, “In the midst of a crisis unlike we’ve ever seen, we will step forward together to take care of people here in North Texas, strengthening our community’s collective resolve to recover when this crisis is behind us.”
“We’re in this together,” said Tom Falk. “United Way is a powerful force in our community, and this crisis can be a defining moment of solidarity. We are inspired each day by the heroes serving on the front lines of this pandemic with great courage and compassion. Even as we confront uncertainty and volatility, together will we live united to lend support to our North Texas neighbors and emerge stronger than ever before.”
Gifts from the Falk’s and the Kimberly-Clark Foundation bolster United Way’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund total to $6.3 million dollars raised, since launching on March 20. Quickly analyzing the most critical community needs, the fund has also deployed more than $2 million in resources to 144 community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations, including health care workers and first responders. While many of the initial grants address the immediate needs of access to food, shelter, healthcare and response to job and income loss, several will also meet the longer-term educational and emotional needs of children and adults across North Texas.
About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all North Texans. Working with our determined supporters, we lead the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity. We invite all change-seekers in our community to Live United to achieve lasting results right here at home. To give, advocate or volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayDallas.org.
About Kimberly-Clark Foundation: Established in 1952, our mission of charitable giving is based on our promise to be a good employer, a good neighbor and to support causes that provide the essentials for a better life. The Kimberly-Clark Foundation carries out the social responsibility efforts of the company, with its primary focus on social and community investments that increase access to sanitation, help children thrive and empower women and girls. The Kimberly-Clark Foundation, together with funding from the corporation and our employees, responds to causes and programs with financial contributions, donations of Kimberly-Clark products, and volunteer time.