Mike & Mary Terry Donate $250,000 to Coronavirus Fund | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Mike & Mary Terry Donate $250,000 to Coronavirus Fund

Recently, the Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation donated $250,000 to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund. This donation will support North Texas Cares, a funding collaborative that streamlines the process for local nonprofits seeking emergency funds.

“With partner like the Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation, we’re ensuring those hit hardest by this pandemic receive assistance as quickly as possible,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Together, we’re making a real impact on lives affected by Covid-19.”

With the North Texas Cares effort, all participating foundation and United Ways are using a shared online application for emergency funding requests. This efficient model reduces the burden on nonprofits in need, enables a fast response and is already being replicated by other community foundations and funder around the country.

According to Mike and Mary Terry, their family foundation provided the funding because the collaboration of North Texas foundations, private donors and corporations allowed them to support those in need quickly, with compassion and credibility.

“We are very proud to be part of this pooled approach–an effort underscoring that Dallas is home to some of the most talented and strategic leaders in the philanthropic landscape,” said Mary and Mike Terry.

About the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund
The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund will address immediate needs of all North Texans—as well as longer-term challenges that will affect education, income and health outcomes across our community.

 The fund will support current community impact concerns including:

  • Shortage of supplies to meet basic health and safety needs (paper goods, hand sanitizer, cleaning products and potentially food)
  • Extended closures of school, childcare, and after school programs, impacting children’s access to breakfast and lunch programs and parents’ ability to work
  • Immediate economic impact for many workers, particularly in the service, retail and travel industries

In the coming weeks, our organization will continue to work with community leaders, including the Dallas County Health Department, school districts and our service partners to identify resource and service gaps and plan for long-term recovery.