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MMK Foundation Donates $75,000 to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers

 

DALLAS, TEXAS:  April 15, 2015 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $75,000 to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers payable over three years in equal installments of $25,000.  The Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers’ work is to bring innovative treatment options and personalized therapies to cancer patients while promoting hope and improvements in the quality of life of patients.

The work of the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers transforms the latest cancer discoveries in the laboratory into innovative new treatments that directly benefit cancer patients and their families.  Founded in 1992, the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers have helped more than 5,000 patients through clinical trials and new treatments.  They have developed quality assurance standards for research and conducted more than 450 clinical trials in compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

There is a paradigm shift occurring in cancer care and the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers are committed to changing the way cancer patients are treated.  Their mission is to expand treatment options for all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene, and cellular therapies.  They believe personalized molecular medicine will eventually transform the way patients are treated.

Dr. John Nemunaitis, Executive Medical Director for the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center said:  “While current research has advanced scientific knowledge about how cancer affects the body, there is much more to be done and at a faster pace.  This inspires our scientists to work harder toward a cure and a higher quality of life for every patient.  Gifts from donors help us continue our vital work to make advancements in the treatment of cancer.  Our donors play a significant role in extending survival for our courageous patients.”

Through the expertise of the physicians and scientists at the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers, patients gain access to innovative investigational therapies often well in advance of their approval for worldwide use.  It provides access to these investigational options in a research setting with a focus on targeted cancer drugs available through clinical trials at the Mary Crowley clinics.  Many of the targeted cancer drugs now approved by FDA were tested in early clinical trials at The Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers.

While the ultimate goal is to cure patients, the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers ongoing objective is to provide novel agents in innovative ways to transform cancer into a manageable condition for patients while maintaining their quality of life until a cure can be found or achieved.  Applying investigational and innovative therapies early in the course of a patient’s disease optimizes its effects and can prevent the recurrence of the disease.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “Today, cancer directly touches so many lives and the important work being done by the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers to develop new treatments, apply personalized therapies, and bring hope and quality of life improvements to those dealing with a diagnosis of cancer is essential.  Marcia and I are very pleased to support their efforts through our gift and look forward to an ongoing and long-term relationship with the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers.”

About 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year.  By 2030, the number of cancer diagnoses is expected to rise 45 percent.  By then, oncologists predict cancer will eclipse heart disease as the nation’s leading cause of death.  Years ago, cancer treatment accounted for just $157 billion of the nation’s annual $2.6 trillion health bill.  Propelled by new drugs and an aging population, however, cancer spending is rising quickly.  A forecast from the National Cancer Institute said spending could hit $207 billion by the end of the decade.  Annual spending for the average cancer patient is already more than $20,000 higher in the U.S. than it is in Europe.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Philanthropic contributions help advance new cancer treatment options for patients that would not otherwise be possible.  Through our support, we can positively impact children, families, and friends locally and ultimately worldwide.”  Marcia went on to say:  “Knowing that 100% of our donations will be directed to patients in need of another chance for survival and that we have provided financial resources for clinical research to make advances and improvements in the treatment of cancer is gratifying and in part why we created the MMK Foundation.”

At Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers the goal is to dramatically extend cancer patient survival until there is a cure.  They focus on the most difficult cancers to treat, often after standard treatments have been exhausted while working to expand treatment options for all cancer patients through investigational vaccines, gene, and cellular therapies.  The goal of the timely effective control of cancer gets ever closer because of the breakthrough work being done by the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers.  Their patient-centric model of clinical trial recruitment combined with the necessary infrastructure to conduct clinical research and collaboration with community oncologists has allowed the transition from a scientific concept to the development of a patient investigational therapy in an expedited timeframe.

 

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

 

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MMK Foundation Donates $25,000 to the North Texas Food Bank to Support Senior Food Programs

 

DALLAS, TEXAS: January 14, 2015The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $25,000 to the North Texas Food Bank to help efforts to curb hunger in the area.  This is the second annual installment of a $75,000 gift made to the North Texas Food Bank by the MMK Foundation.  The North Texas Food Bank works to stop hunger and feed hope across North Texas by supporting the nutritional needs of children, families, and seniors through education, advocacy, and strategic partnerships

The North Texas Food Bank is a top-ranked non-profit relief organization, and the largest North Texas charity.  JanPruitt,President and CEO of theNorth Texas Food Bank (NFTB),said:  “The need for hungry children, families, and seniors has never been more prevalent than it is today.  Despite the fact that North Texas is experiencing robust economic growth, increasing numbers of our neighbors are not getting enough to eat.

Nearly 500,000 North Texans are considered 'food insecure.'  And, the number of food insecure adults aged 50 and older has dramatically increased in recent years.  This gift, by the MMK Foundation to the NTFB, was specifically targeted to support senior food programs. 

Seven million U.S. households suffer from very low food security which means that one or more household members are eating less than they should and/or are missing meals.  There was a 40 percent increase in food insecurity among seniors from 2007 to 2009.  One in eight people served by the NTFB is over the age of 65 and many have to choose between food and medicine.  Food bank officials say seniors are often too embarrassed to ask for help, even though hunger in the second half of life is a growing problem.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said: “As the cost of living increases, the seniors in our area need to be supported.  Many North Texas seniors live on a fixed income and do not have enough money to cover medical bills, utilities, and groceries.  Food is often the first item where seniors cut spending.  Our gift and support of the NTFB senior programs is one way we are happy to help our community.”

One dollar feeds three North Texas seniors.  And of every dollar donated to the NTFB, 93 cents goes directly to hunger relief programs.  With hunger and homelessness on the rise, every donation counts. 

Each day, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and262 Partner Agencies.  In fiscal year 2014, the NTFB provided access to more than62 million meals.  The NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

 

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

 

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MMK Foundation Grants $40,000 to Africa Foundation (USA) to Support Education Initiatives and Lukungu School Project in Tanzania

 

DALLAS, TEXAS: September 22, 2014  The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $40,000 to Africa Foundation (USA).  Africa Foundation facilitates socio-economic development of rural communities, predominantly those living in or adjacent to conservation areas, to protect Africa’s heritage.  One of Africa Foundation’s primary areas of development is education which is directly aligned with the MMK Foundation’s key objectives.

Founded in 1992, Africa Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organization in South Africa whose purpose is to uplift, up-skill, and empower rural communities.   Africa Foundation receives support and funding from Africa Foundation (USA) and Africa Foundation (UK).    Africa Foundation works with local communities, government, and safari lodge operators - primarily &Beyond - to identify, fund, and build projects in the key areas of education, healthcare and clean water, income generating activities, wildlife and environment.

The projects Africa Foundation facilitates are based on two simple principles – community participation and local leadership.  Africa Foundation works with local communities to identify their most urgent and pressing requirements and schools are among the most requested projects.

Education helps people break the cycle of poverty.  In remote communities across Africa, rural schools are often overlooked and chronically lacking in resources.  Africa Foundation assists in the development of schools by providing infrastructure assistance through the construction of classrooms; the provision of equipment; the construction of sanitary facilities, daycare centers, kitchens, and administration rooms; as well as providing fencing and security, vegetable gardens; and support in career guidance courses for secondary school students.   In addition, it develops and funds scholarship programs, conducts vocational training, facilitates adult education, and supports orphaned and vulnerable children.

The Lukungu community in Tanzania has long been in need of a preschool and a center for orphaned and vulnerable children.  This grant from the MMK Foundation helps make that need a reality.  The project is currently underway and when completed will provide the community with classrooms, equipment, a kitchen and dining hall, playgrounds, teaching aids, school uniforms, and other key infrastructure elements.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “When I founded the MMK Foundation, my goal was to make a meaningful and direct difference in the lives of children and to impact future generations.  The Lukungu School project had all the hallmarks we look for in a project.  It positively affects the lives of children, empowers current and future generations to break the cycles of poverty and shortage of opportunity that a lack of education creates, and it directly supports an outstanding need.”  Mark King went on to say:  “It had long been a dream of mine to travel to Africa.  I was struck by the beauty and spirit of the people and the land.  Supporting the children of Lukungu, and the positive works of Africa Foundation, is a privilege.”

Africa Foundation was created when the Conservation Corporation Africa was founded in South Africa to bring economic development and opportunity to the local communities around preserve areas.   The model enhances the development of local economies and opportunities and promotes conservationism and the protection of African heritage and culture.

Francois Peenz, the Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Foundation said:  “We are passionate about Africa and its future.  Despite all that has been achieved in the last 20 years, our job has only just begun.  We need help to succeed in making a real difference to the lives of people in rural Africa while simultaneously supporting land restoration and wildlife conservation.  We’re very grateful for the support of the MMK Foundation and the Kings.

The school projects that have been completed by Africa Foundation so far are great success stories and demonstrate how much can be achieved when the local community, Africa Foundation supported by donors, and government all work together.  Africa Foundation (USA) Executive Director Wendy Wood added:  “Africa Foundation (USA) works with US donors to facilitate Africa Foundation projects in East and Southern Africa.  We are delighted to assist the MMK Foundation in its support of this important and much needed preschool and center for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania."

Funding needs are identified by in-depth consultation and agreement with the communities to ensure that Africa Foundation only funds projects that are sustainable by virtue of community buy-in and active involvement on an on-going basis. All Africa Foundation projects are managed on the ground by organizations that have high-quality management and donor relationships, accountability, the ability to provide comprehensive feedback, and a measurable and favorable impact on the community.

Marcia King, Cofounder of the MMK Foundation said:  “We’re happy to support the good works of Africa Foundation which has made school construction and improvement a priority since the organization was founded.  Through projects, Africa Foundation nurtures and inspires communities from the ground up, giving the communities and people the tools to empower themselves for the benefit of all.”  Marcia King went on to say:  “They work hard to ensure that the greatest possible percentage of each contribution goes directly to the supported communities.   Because Africa Foundation builds and maintains strong, long-term relationships with local communities, it can assure its supporters that the money invested in projects is efficiently and effectively spent.

Africa Foundation, together with eco-tourism operators – primarily &Beyond – and in consultation with the communities themselves, works to preserve African culture and practice responsible conservationism.   Joss Kent, Chief Executive Officer of &Beyond said:  “The &Beyond model of community participation has become the standard for ecotourism within the industry.  We work hard to provide our guests with the opportunity to see the real Africa and its people.   We’re delighted that through their experience visiting Africa, the King’s saw a need and gave a grant to the Lukungu school project.

&Beyond contributes to the sustenance of more than 9 million acres of wildlife land and seeks to place more land on a sustainable economic footing through high-yield, low impact responsible tourism.   They were recognized as the winner in the Conservation category of the We Are Africa Innovation Awards, hosted by South African Tourism.  The awards honor the most visionary, inventive, and forward-thinking companies in the travel industry and were designed to recognize the best imaginative and innovative projects.  The awards are voted for by the key players in African travel.

Using methods developed in rural villages over the years, Africa Foundation has partnered with 42 communities to provide support and assistance across Africa, from KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape in South Africa, to Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia.

Africa Foundation has a long and successful track record in education.  Since 1992, the Foundation has accomplished many important tasks including the funding of construction of more than 170 classrooms, the establishment of 25 pre-schools, building schools for special needs children and day care centers for orphans and vulnerable children.  In addition, the organization has established centrally located community development centers to provide access to technology and skills; trained more than 500 teachers and 7,000 pupils in environmental awareness through conservation lessons; and, awarded university level scholarships to more than 250 aspiring community leaders through its Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF).  They have also built and supported 4 health clinics in remote rural areas, funded water relief programs including access to potable water for more than 25,000 school children; facilitated the establishment of food gardens, and led HIV/AIDs initiatives.

There is a positive ripple effect from providing education, health care, and employment opportunities for individuals and local communities to create the cornerstones to become self-sustaining communities.   It leaves donors safe in the knowledge that the money they raise will be out in the communities with those who need it most, delivering tangible, sustainable development that will change the lives of thousands of people now and in the coming years.

 

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

About Africa Foundation

Africa Foundation was created in 1992 when Conservation Corporation Africa (now known as &Beyond) was founded in South Africa.  The founding principle of the Foundation is that the involvement and economic development of the communities surrounding wildlife conservation areas is essential to the success of preserving African culture and wildlife habitats.   Africa Foundation (United States) and Africa Foundation (United Kingdom) work in partnership with Africa Foundation (South Africa), adjacent communities, government, and safari lodge operators to identify, fund, build, and sustain projects in four key areas: education, healthcare and clean water, income generating activities, and wildlife and environment.  Learn more at: www.africafoundation.org

 

About &Beyond

&Beyond is one of the world’s leading luxury experiential travel companies, designing personalized luxury safaris in 15 African countries, as well as India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The company also owns and operates 33 extraordinary lodges and camps in Africa and India’s natural high spots.  Established in 1991, &Beyond takes exceptional care of its guests in order to make a difference; its commitment to sustainable responsible travel and community empowerment in partnership with Africa Foundation is world-renowned.

 

 

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MMK Foundation Provides $25,000 to North Texas Food Bank to Address the Need to Eliminate Hunger in Our Local Communities


DALLAS, TEXAS: January 15, 2014 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $25,000 to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).  Ensuring that needy families continue to receive meals from local food banks and children do not go hungry is paramount to the MMK Foundation.  The MMK Foundation continues to support the good works of the NTFB to help feed hungry North Texans.

The problem of hunger in North Texas continues to grow in a strained economy and with continual budget cutbacks supporting local food banks.  More than 800,000 people are hungry in North Texas and need assistance - that is one in four north Texans.  More people need food assistance, often for the first time in their lives, and this problem is even more complex during the winter months.  To address these needs, citizens and local organizations should do all they can to support the work of local food banks.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Addressing the needs of organizations to fight hunger is a huge undertaking but it can be done by supporting organizations like the North Texas Food Bank.  Meeting the problems of growing demand for food assistance while continuing to deliver healthier food and develop new ways to extend the reach of the assistance programs is why we continue to support the NTFB.”

Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank said:  “It is with much gratitude that I acknowledge the gift of $25,000 from the MMK Foundation.  Your generous investment will support us in our campaign to ReThink Hunger.”

The NTFB continues the mission they established 30 years ago to help fight against hunger. Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods in 13 counties.  As a member of Feeding America, the NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families, and seniors through education, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.  Elevating their standards for healthy food and expanding capacity and distribution capabilities are some of the innovations they continue to employ to help feed needy families in North Texas.

The NTFB is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization.  Leading the fight against hunger in the community, they distribute donated, purchased, and prepared foods through a network of more than 1,000 feeding programs and 262 Partner Agencies in 13 counties.  Since 1982, NTFB has distributed more than half a billion pounds of food. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of North Texans through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.  In fiscal year 2013, NTFB provided access to 62 million nutritious meals. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization (feedingamerica.org).

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “We will continue to do all we can to ensure that children and families in our area receive necessary assistance to provide meals and eliminate hunger by feeding families.  We are proud to support our local food banks and other organizations that address the needs of families in our community and country."

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Supports Health Care Research
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DALLAS, TEXAS:  December 15, 2013The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a $75,000 gift to UT Southwestern Medical Center, payable over three years, to support health care research initiatives being conducted by Dr. Jyothsna Gattineni in the field of pediatric nephrology. 

Dr. Gattineni, an assistant professor in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, plans to use this gift to further her research and important work in the Nephrology Division of the Department of Pediatrics.

“This gift will help to provide important equipment and funding to facilitate cutting-edge research in my field of expertise in pediatric nephrology.  All our faculty members have active research programs, and support from donors helps us continue to make advancements in the field of medicine.  I am very grateful to Mark, Marcia, and Michelle King for their generous support of my work,” said Dr. Gattineni.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “There is no greater cause than saving the lives of children and finding cures.  I am very supportive of the important work being done by UT Southwestern and Dr. Gattineni and happy that we can provide this gift."

UT Southwestern's Division of Pediatric Nephrology provides outpatient and inpatient consultation for Children's Medical Center Dallas, and it is committed to training outstanding physicians and scientists and to the discovery of new knowledge that will help tomorrow's patients.  Pediatric nephrologists help to evaluate and treat patients with renal abnormalities, including child hypertension and kidney stones.  The clinical expertise of the nephrology physicians encompasses all aspects of renal disease and fluid and electrolyte abnormalities.  Their expertise includes renal replacement therapy in patients from birth through adolescence as well as a hemodialysis unit and training programs.  The division performs approximately 25 renal transplants in children each year, making it one of the nation's largest pediatric centers for the treatment of end-stage renal disease in children.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UT Southwestern is the main provider of clinical services at Children's Medical Center for children with renal disease and hypertension. For 2012 the Children’s Nephrology Program was ranked No. 8 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure. Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

 

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MMK Foundation Makes $75,000 Grant to Family Compass to Support Important Work to Prevent Child Abuse in Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, TEXAS:  September 9, 2013 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a multi-year grant of $75,000 to Family Compass.  The grant will be paid over three years in the amount of $25,000 per year beginning in September of 2013.  Family Compass is a key provider of prevention services for high-risk children and families in Dallas County.

The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Family Compass achieves their mission by strengthening families through skills-building parenting education, connection to community resources and mentoring to achieve goals including the pursuit of higher education.  The service models utilized include home mentoring, community-based education and coalition building. 

Jessica Trudeau, Executive Director for Family Compass said:  “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with the MMK Foundation for the next three years.  This significant grant makes a world of difference for the struggling families and children we serve.  These families have often had a history that includes involvement with the child welfare system, residence in a poverty-stricken community and/or homelessness.  Their children are the most vulnerable in our community.  We stand with MMK Foundation and refuse to allow them to become another statistic.”

Family Compass is highly collaborative in implementing home mentoring, community education and outreach services.  Family Compass is best known for the evidence-based, home mentoring programs offered throughout Dallas County including Healthy Families and Parent Aide.  The gift from the MMK Foundation will be used to support the Parent Aide Program.  The Parent Aide Program teaches high-risk parents positive parenting skills, effective discipline techniques and healthy stress management techniques.  Services are available are voluntary and free of charge.

 

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “The work performed by Family Compass is directly aligned with the reasons we established the MMK Foundation.  Helping children, especially those at risk, is vital work for everyone in the community to undertake and support.  I am committed to supporting the important work being done by Family Compass to help prevent the cycle of child abuse and bring hope to families and communities throughout Dallas.  That is just one of the reasons we significantly increased our support and made this multi-year grant to the organization.”

Family Compass’ mission is to build healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect through therapeutic and educational programs designed for families at increased risk for child abuse.  Community Education and Outreach programs seek to prevent the cycle of abuse for vulnerable families by reducing family and parental isolation through groups that provide support networks, teach positive parenting skills, and provide access to community resources.  Educational classes for high schools, day care providers, community-based organizations, faith communities, and professional agencies as well as parenting classes are just some of the ways Family Compass works to help improve the situation in Dallas, Texas.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  Helping to protect children in our City by guiding families away from violence and toward a path of health, healing, and hope is the key mission of Family Compass and one that I, and the MMK Foundation, wholly support.  This is in part why we established the MMK Foundation and I am pleased this new multi-year gift to the Family Compass organization will help them continue their vital work to equip parents with the tools necessary to raise healthy, happy, and productive children.”

Since 1992, over 38,450 children and parents have been served by Family Compass.  Family Compass works to empower its clients by teaching positive parenting methods and supporting parents to strengthen their families’ emotional, economical, physical, and social capacities.  Each year, more than 1,500 parents and children turn to Family Compass for help.   

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Donates $5,000 to the Dallas Morning News Charities

DALLAS, TEXAS: January 31, 2013The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $5,000 to the Dallas Morning News Charities.  The Dallas Morning News Charities has worked since 1986 to combat homelessness and hunger in the greater Dallas area.

Since 1986, DMN Charities has raised $24 million from more than 46,000 donors.  The money typically goes to nonprofit groups, selected each year by DMN Charities administration, that assist the homeless and low-income families with education and job training, shelter, food, and financial assistance.

The 27th annual Dallas Morning News Charities campaign ran through January 31, 2013.  The Dallas Morning News Charities selected 23 social service organizations in North Texas to be recipients of the donations raised in the campaign.  Each of these nonprofits help the hungry, homeless, and needy.  Donors gave more than $1.1 million to aid the homeless and hungry in North Texas. The campaign reached the $1 million mark three weeks ahead of last year’s effort.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said: “Many families in our area are experiencing the reality of long-term unemployment and hunger and we’re committed to supporting organizations that address these issues and help families weather these tough economic times.  By supporting the Dallas Morning News Charities campaign we are helping nonprofits make a difference in our area.”

With donors help, record number of neighbors gave to the Dallas Morning News Charities exceeding their donation goal and helping thousands in the greater Dallas area through the nonprofit agencies supported by the campaign.  Last year the Dallas Morning News Charities campaign brought in just over $1 million, in a difficult economy which was the 12th time the Charities raised more than $1 million.  The current goal to reach $1 million again was exceeded this year.

Hunger and homelessness among school-age children is on the rise.  More than 11,000 children in the Dallas area are suffering.  And, these troubling trends have increased over the past few months in the Dallas area, according to the executive directors of 23 area nonprofits supported by the Dallas Morning News Charities.

“The community in Dallas is very generous and they believe in the causes of the agencies that The Dallas Morning News selected, so we’re extremely heartened by this,” said Randi Steinhart, development director at Family Gateway, one of the agencies receiving funds.

The Dallas Morning News pays the administrative costs associated with running the Charities. That means all donations collected go to the recipient agencies.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King. More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Helps Address World Hunger with Donation to Edesia Global

DALLAS, TEXAS:  November 13, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift to Edesia Global to support their important work to end world hunger.  Edesia is a non-profit producer of Ready-to-Use Foods that transform the lives of malnourished children, their families and communities. 

One in eight people in the world suffer from chronic under nourishment and Africa’s hungry have increased by 36% over the past few years.  More than 13 million children are in jeopardy of suffering from a lack of food and water.  Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Edesia is a non-profit producer of Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs) that have revolutionized the treatment and prevention of malnutrition in the developing world.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  Food and nutrition are a basic human right and helping organizations working to end world hunger is of critical importance to me and the MMK Foundation.”

Edesia produces Plumpy’Nut® a ready-to-use therapeutic food, endorsed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, which is proven to treat severe acute malnutrition with astounding success rates.  It is an energy-dense paste made with peanuts, milk powder, sugar, vegetable oils, and a fortified vitamin and mineral mixture.  Navyn salem, Executive Director of Edesia has said:  “The results are amazing, in four to ten weeks you can see a complete transformation in a child.”  Employees at the non-profit organization work in shifts around the clock, producing thousands of small but life-saving silver packets.  Producing 150,000 packets every 24 hours is enough to feed 50,000 children per day 

Plumpy'Nut® is revolutionary because it does not need to be refrigerated or mixed with water – two things not readily available in the developing world.  It allows for malnutrition to be treated at home by the caregiver instead of in a costly hospital stay and saves lives as if it were an essential medicine.  In a short time, a child can be transformed from near death to certain survival.  If children are reached during this critical window, they will be healthier for the rest of their lives.  If missed, the intellectual and physical damage is often irreversible.

With its 2-year shelf life, the simple solution of Plumpy'Nut® can reach even the most remote areas.  In times of great natural and human disasters, RUFs can effectively and efficiently fulfill caloric and micronutrient needs to the most vulnerable.  They have helped fill emergency needs in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, drought-stricken Niger, flood-affected Pakistan, and famine-stricken Horn of Africa.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “Edesia is about caring and about making a difference for hungry children and we’re happy to support their production of a food source that helps address world hunger.  Every donated dollar helps provide the necessary nutrition that will literally change the course of a child's life.

Above and beyond production of the food source, Edesia also works to foster research for the development of new nutritional solutions and to support expansion of production capacities in developing countries.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com

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MMK Foundation Provides Generous Gift to North Texas Food Bank to Help Eliminate Hunger and Feed Needy Families

DALLAS, TEXAS:  November 1, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $25,000 to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).  Ensuring that needy families are fed and children have enough to eat during the colder months of the Fall and Winter seasons is a vital undertaking.  The MMK Foundation has provided a generous gift to the NTFB to support their good works to help feed hungry North Texans.

The problem of hunger in North Texas grows larger and far more complex as the economic downturn continues and many more people need food assistance, often for the first time in their lives.  This problem becomes particularly acute during the colder months of the year.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  Fighting hunger is a daunting task but it can be done by supporting organizations like the North Texas Food Bank.  Helping to address the problem of growing demand for food assistance while continuing to deliver healthier food and develop new ways to extend the reach of the assistance programs is why we are providing this gift.  I am happy to assist the important work being done by the NTFB to serve families in our area and improve lives.”

Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank said:  “It is with much gratitude that I acknowledge your most recent unsolicited, unrestricted gift of $25,000 from the MMK Foundation. Your generous investment will support us in our campaign to ReThink Hunger.”

The NTFB continues the mission they established 30 years ago to help fight against hunger.  Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods in 13 counties.  As a member of Feeding America, the NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families, and seniors through education, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.  Elevating their standards for healthy food and expanding capacity and distribution capabilities are some of the innovations they continue to employ to help feed needy families in North Texas.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “No child or family should be without food in our area, this gift provides funds to serve 75,000 meals.  My hope is that this helps to eliminate hunger and provide meals for needy families in the upcoming months."

The NTFB provided 47 million nutritious meals last year and has a network of more than 340 Food Assistance Partners who provide access to food at more than 1,100 feeding locations and access to nearly 130,000 nutritious meals every day.  Every dollar donated to NTFB provides three meals to hungry North Texans, and 94 cents out of every dollar, goes directly to hunger relief programs

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Works to Prevent Child Abuse through Grant of $10,000 to Family Compass

DALLAS, TEXAS:  October 25, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $10,000 to the Family Compass organization.  Family Compass is a key provider of prevention services for high-risk children and families in Dallas County.

The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Family Compass works to prevent the cycle of child abuse by equipping parents and caregivers for success.  They implement proven effective programs, so that parents can be equipped and empowered to raise healthy and productive children.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  Helping to protect children and support every child to thrive in a healthy family and environment with the opportunity to succeed in school, and the capacity to experience life without violence is in part why we established the MMK Foundation.  We are happy to support the important work being done by Family Compass to help prevent the cycle of child abuse and bring hope to families and communities throughout Dallas.”

Family Compass works to empower its clients by teaching positive parenting methods and supporting parents in strengthening their families’ emotional, economical, physical, and social capacities.  Each year more than 2,000 families and children turn to Family Compass for help.  Since 1992 more than 37,000 clients have been served by the organization.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “It is vital to me to support organizations like Family Compass that work to prevent child abuse before it occurs and break the generational cycles of abuse to build healthy families through education and support programs.

Programs provided by Family Compass reinforce healthy and effective discipline techniques, build strong parent-child relationships and provide access to community resources.  Participating families receive support to prevent the cycle of child abuse, free of charge, through a home visitation program that coaches parents in non-violent discipline methods.  Other programs work to prevent child abuse and neglect by teaching pregnant and parenting teens positive parenting techniques, the importance of maintaining well child visits, completing high school, and pursuing higher education and obtaining employment.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Helps Meet the Critical Needs of Homeless Children with $10,000 Grant to Captain Hope’s Kids

DALLAS, TEXAS:  October 15, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a $10,000 grant to Captain Hope’s Kids an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless children and their families.  Captain Hope’s Kids provides support for homeless children in four counties in North Texas: Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, and Johnson.

Since 1989, Captain Hope’s Kids has been dedicated to helping homeless children with time, money, and in-kind donations.  Captain Hope’s Kids was created with a mission to meet the critical needs of homeless children and provide them with the best chance at living a normal life through the collection of donations, supplies, and fundraisers.  In 2011, Captain Hope’s Kids received and distributed more than half a million critically needed items to approximately 35,000 homeless children.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  The increasing need to support programs that address the growing problem of homelessness, particularly those focused on helping children is of the utmost importance to my work with the MMK Foundation.  Saving children’s lives, meeting critical needs, and helping families regain their stability is our goal.”

Over the past few years, the number of homeless children across Texas has increased.  Mothers with babies and children have become one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population.  Additionally, more babies are being born into homelessness.  The statistics are staggering.  On any given night in Dallas County alone, more than 1,100 children fall asleep in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

Captain Hope’s Kids aims to better the lives of every homeless child in North Texas, and eventually the rest of the United States through programs, events, and partnerships.  Because of the organization’s unique position in the nonprofit world by partnering with homeless service providers, Captain Hope’s Kids has been able to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of homeless children.

Families with children now constitute approximately 54 percent of people who become homeless as reported by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (2012 MDHA Survey).  This represented an increase of 36 percent from 2010.  Of the homeless children, 67 percent are under the age of 9 and 29 percent are infants and toddlers under the age of 3 years.  The importance of providing critical items for the well-being of these children is essential.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “I was very impressed by the work of Captain Hope’s Kids and seeing that the funds collected go directly to programs that help children and source their needs while in a period of transition.”

Most residential shelters house a fairly small number of homeless individuals or families at any given time.  As a result, these agencies cannot afford to buy children’s items in bulk, nor do they have sufficient storage space to house the items even if they could.  Captain Hope’s Kids buys diapers, training pants, school uniforms, school supplies, as well as hygiene items for infants and children in large quantities.  This enables them to secure the best value for the money and make more efficient “purchases than partner agencies.

Captain Hope’s Kids aims to continue broadening their reach and improving our program services while maintaining low operating costs.  Out of every dollar received, approximately 90 percent goes directly toward program services.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Helps Build the Next Generation of Olympic Stars Through Support of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team

DALLAS, TEXAS:  August 30, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift to the United States Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.  The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding.  The Foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition, and educational needs.  

With a vision to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values.  Achieving a spot on the Olympic team takes dedication and commitment to a journey that begins at the grassroots level of the sport.  It is only through support that these athletes can prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and beyond. 

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  Donating to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation helps the next generation of Olympic stars to compete at a world-class level and I am happy to support this worthy endeavor for our athletes and our country.”

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding.  It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing.  Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding.  From grassroots programs to governance of sport, management of rules, competitions and athletic rankings, the USSA oversees athletic pipelines for development in the sports.  The U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding receive no federal funding or subsidy moneys and operate solely through private donations, corporate sponsorship and grants.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “This donation is one small way we can help our U.S. Olympic team best compete and proudly represent our country.  Supporting our best and brightest developing athletes is an important investment in our future.”

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Supports Nephrology Health Care Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center 

DALLAS, TEXAS: August 20, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift to UT Southwestern Medical Center to support health care research initiatives being conducted by Dr. Jyothsna Gattineni in the field of pediatric nephrology.

Dr.  Gattineni, an assistant professor in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, plans to use this gift to further her research and important work in the Nephrology Division of the Department of Pediatrics. 

"This gift will help to provide important equipment and funding to facilitate cutting-edge research in my field of expertise in pediatric nephrology.  All our faculty members have active research programs, and support from donors helps us continue to make advancements in the field of medicine.  I am very grateful to Mark, Marcia, and Michelle King for their generous support of my work,” said Dr. Gattineni.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  There is no greater cause than saving the lives of children and finding cures.  I am very supportive of the important work being done by UT Southwestern and Dr. Gattineni and happy that we can provide this gift.

UT Southwestern’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology provides outpatient and inpatient consultation for Children's Medical Center Dallas, and it is committed to training outstanding physicians and scientists and to the discovery of new knowledge that will help tomorrow’s patients.  Pediatric nephrologists help to evaluate and treat patients with renal abnormalities, including child hypertension and kidney stones.  The clinical expertise of the nephrology physicians encompasses all aspects of renal disease and fluid and electrolyte abnormalities.  Their expertise includes renal replacement therapy in patients from birth through adolescence as well as a hemodialysis unit and training programs.  The division performs approximately 25 renal transplants in children each year, making it one of the nation’s largest pediatric centers for the treatment of end-stage renal disease in children.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UT Southwestern is the main provider of clinical services at Children's Medical Center for children with renal disease and hypertension.  For 2012 the Children’s Nephrology Program was ranked No. 8 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure. Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Establishes New $150,000 Grant to Children’s
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Finding new ways to improve the lives of children, the MMK Foundation pledges new multi-year gift

DALLAS, TEXAS: August 13, 2012 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a new gift of $150,000 to Children’s Medical Center to be paid over the next three years beginning in June of 2012.  The gift is targeted to provide patient electronics, entertainment, and electronic technology advancements for the Gastroenterology department, the Endocrinology Center and other program areas.

Children’s Gastroenterology department treats a variety of common and complex gastrointestinal disorders and other conditions and is ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S.News and World Report. Children’s Endocrinology services is one of the largest such divisions in the country and its affiliation with the UT Southwestern Medical Center makes it the only academic program caring for children with endocrine disorders in North Texas.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  Children's relies on supporters to make possible care and programs that touch children's health and their hearts.  We have long been a supporter of the important work of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and are pleased to provide this new gift to assist the Gastroenterology department and Endocrinology Center who prove for children with digestive, nutritional, and endocrinal disorders.  This gift supports Children’s important work for now and for future generations of children in the Dallas area.”

Children's has been caring for children and their families for nearly a century.  And, although many things change, one thing remains the same - the passionate commitment of supporters to help fulfill Children’s mission to make life better for children.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “We are so pleased to be able to touch children's lives and make a positive difference by supporting the important work of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and specifically the important work being done by the Gastroenterology and Endocrinology specialties.”

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure. Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

About Children’s Medical Center

The not-for-profit Children's Medical Center is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma Center status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.childrens.com.

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MMK Foundation Gives $50,000 Gift to Support Children’s Medical Center’s Child Life Department

DALLAS, TEXAS:  July 26, 2012 –The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced donation of the final installment of $10,000 to complete its $50,000 gift to Children’s Medical Center’s Child Life department.  The MMK Foundation provided this gift for the purpose of enhancing programs, technology, and equipment available to children and their families staying at Children’s while undergoing care.  The gift exemplifies the MMK Foundation’s mission to promote quality health care and programs that specifically serve the needs of children.

Children’s, a not-for-profit hospital, serve one in every five children in the greater Dallas area and one in every four in the Legacy region.  Donations from individuals, corporate sponsors and foundations help Children’s provide the best possible care for every child who needs it today and keep the hospital on the leading edge of cures for tomorrow.

J. Peter Kline, President of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation said:  “We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. King and the MMK Foundation for this generous gift.  Their gift has supported our efforts to provide the extra resources that make such a difference to the children and families receiving treatment at Children’s.”

Gifts to Children’s Child Life department help the hospital provide the best possible care for each and every child who comes to the hospital.  Mark King has long been a proponent of advancing technology through the MMK Foundation.  Through this gift he is helping Children’s acquire entertainment equipment such as Playstations and computer games for children to use during their stay at Children’s.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Knowing that I can help children and their families find some joy and alleviate their fears while undergoing care makes me glad I am able to support Children’s Medical Center’s Child Life department achieve their objectives to ensure the delivery of quality care and enhance the time spent in the hospital for children and their parents.”

Children’s Child Lifedepartment provides age-appropriate distraction, educational activities, and opportunities for expression to help patients and their siblings better cope with the hospital environment and their medical conditions.  Arts and crafts, toys, video games, playrooms, support groups, field trips, and pet therapy help children gain a sense of control over their situations and provide appropriate outlets for feelings and anxieties.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

About Children’s Medical Center

The not-for-profit Children's Medical Center is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma Center status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center.  For more information, please visit www.childrens.com.

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MMK Foundation Supports Diabetes Research with Gift of $11,000 to the JDRF

DALLAS, TEXAS: April 20, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift of $11,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation known as JDRF.

For more than 40 years, JDRF has been a leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes through both research funding and advocacy.  JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research.  Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with diabetes, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.  

The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing the disease. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  “By supporting research and care initiatives to find a cure for type 1 diabetes the JDRF is helping to ease suffering and save lives now and in the future.  We’re happy to support the JDRF.  There is no greater cause than saving lives and finding cures.”

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research.  Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with the disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of type 1 diabetes.  More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

 JDRF market research reveals that 85 percent of those in the U.S with type 1 diabetes are adults and JDRF is an organization for all ages, and all stages of the disease.  Part of JDFR’s mission is to help those living with type 1 diabetes to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until a cure is found.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes. The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure. Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King. More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Provides Generous Gift to Support Children’s Medical Center Dallas Child Life Department

DALLAS, TEXAS:  January 26, 2011 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its donation of $50,000 to Children’s Medical Center Dallas Child Life department.  The MMK Foundation is delivering five gifts of $10,000 each for a total of $50,000, to enhance the programs, technology, and equipment available to children and their families staying in the hospital while undergoing care.  The gift fulfills the MMK Foundation’s mission to promote quality health care and programs that specifically help children.

Children's is a private, not-for-profit, that does not receive direct state or local tax dollars.  As one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation, Children’s sees more than 460,000 patients each year and serves one in every five children in the greater Dallas area.

Many of the most meaningful services Children’s provides are not covered by insurance.  Yet, programs like Child Life are key components in their commitment to family-focused care, helping children cope with hospitalization and providing emotional support to families.  The gift from the MMK Foundation will fund the acquisition of new computers, gaming systems and audio/visual equipment for the patients receiving care at Children’s.

Pete Kline, President of Children’s Medical Center Foundation, said:  “We are very grateful to Mr. King and the MMK Foundation for this generous donation which will make many children feel better as they are being treated.  We’re so pleased to apply this gift to help our efforts to promote a positive experience for the patients and their families receiving treatment at Children’s.”

Children’s Child Life department was founded in 1974 and currently has one of the largest programs in the nation.  The department provides programs that facilitate Children’s commitment to family-focused care and helping children cope with hospitalization.  These programs provide education, information, guidance and emotional support to patients and their families.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “I am committed to extending the reach of technology into our schools, hospitals, and other areas to help children.  When I saw the need for additional resources to help the Child Life department of Children’s support their objectives, I felt compelled to act.”

Mark King went on to say:  “This donation was of particular interest to me because the Child Life department at Children’s helps kids and their families deal with the complex issues related to receiving care for illness and disease.  As a parent of a child who has benefited from the care and services of Children’s, I am very happy for an opportunity to give back.”

Pete Kline went on to say:  “Support from local community members helps Children’s to provide the best possible care for every child who needs care today and keeps the hospital on the leading edge of cures for tomorrow.”

Child Life specialists are experts in child development who promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities.  They help children cope with hospitalization by providing educational programs, playroom activities, and special events like birthday parties and clowns to make the time spent in the hospital easier for children.  Easing a child’s fear and anxiety through therapeutic and recreational play activities promotes the healing process and helps children, their siblings and family deal with a child’s illness.  Play helps to normalize an unfamiliar setting and the experience for children.  It provides a diversion from fear, worry and stress.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation further commented:  “Ensuring enhanced entertainment and play activities in a family-friendly environment for patients and their families will help them recover faster and experience less stress while undergoing treatment.  Our commitment when we formed the MMK Foundation was to help children and the support of child-focused programs.”

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

About Children's Medical Center

Children's Medical Center is private, not-for-profit, and is the seventh largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center.  For more information about Children’s or how to give, please visit www.childrens.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MMK Foundation Supports Dallas Independent School District Through GenerousContribution

Mark King and The MMK Foundation Provides $10,000 Matching Funds Donation to Bryan Adams High School in the Dallas Independent School District

DALLAS, TEXAS: October 4, 2010 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its support of the Dallas Independent School District through its donation of a $10,000 matching grant to the Bryan Adams High School. The MMK Foundation supports a variety of local schools and children’s organizations throughout Texas.  Ensuring a quality educational experience and support of children’s development programs are critical areas of giving for the MMK Foundation.

Susan Walker, Principal of Bryan Adams High School said:  “Bryan Adams High School is the Heart of East Dallas!  The Bryan Adams Team is working each day to continually increase depth in teaching practices and in student learning!  Support from our local community and alumni members helps us advance programs to educate, inform, and inspire our students.  We’re so pleased to receive this donation to help our efforts to preserve our heritage.  We are very grateful to Mr. King and the MMK Foundation for their generous support.”

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Supporting our schools and providing opportunities for community outreach programs were key reasons we established the MMK Foundation.  As a Bryan Adams High School alum, I am so pleased to be able to give back to my former school and to help current and future generations of Bryan Adams students.”

Mark King went on to say:  “Donating to local schools enables opportunities for our children to learn, grow, and develop into happy, productive individuals.  By making our gift a matching funds donation, it provides the opportunity to double the donation.  I hope the local community, past alums of the school, and others support these efforts.”

To donate to Bryan Adams High School, please send your donation to: Bryan Adams High School, 2101 Millmar Drive, Dallas, TX 75228; Attention: Ms. Renee Ruiz.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

 

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Supports Efforts to Feed Families
in the Greater Dallas Area

MMK Foundation makes substantial donation to Jewish Family Services Food Bank

DALLAS, TEXAS: September 1, 2010 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its donation of $10,000 to the Jewish Family Services organization.  The grant to Jewish Family Services will support the food bank pantry which helps feed families daily in the greater Dallas Area.  The grant will also enable the provision of a case worker at the food pantry to assist those using the food pantry to help find meaningful employment.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Helping adults to support themselves, meet family needs, and contribute productively to their community is made possible through this grant.  Supporting community organizations that help develop strong families, provide nurturing environments, and promote self-sufficiency is of critical importance to the work we do at the MMK Foundation.”  Feeding families and providing services to assist those in need to navigate life’s unexpected crises and challenging transitions is the mission of Jewish Family Services.

Inspired by the values of social responsibility, Jewish Family Service promotes emotional health and self-sufficiency for anyone in need throughout the Greater Dallas area. Jewish Family Services provides support to those in need regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or ability to pay and has been in operation since the 1920’s.  When people turn to Jewish Family Service for help, they can rely on licensed professionals with the education, expertise, experience, and heart to make a positive difference in thousands of lives every year in an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality.

A representative of the Jewish Family Services said:  “The MMK Foundation's grant will make a real difference to the 70+ families a day who use the food bank's service daily.”  The Jewish Family services help people to have three meals a day and not to have to choose between eating and paying bills or buying medicine.  The Food Pantry is set up so that individuals are able to choose food items just as they would in a grocery store.  Kosher foods are available for those who observe Jewish dietary laws.

The Jewish Family Service Food Pantry is an affiliate of the North Texas Food Bank, addressing issues related to hunger in the Dallas area.  In addition to regularly scheduled appointments for individuals and families at the Food Pantry, Jewish Family Services also provide home delivery for homebound or disabled individuals as appropriate and partners with others to provide food at several satellite sites.  The MMK Foundation is supporting these efforts through its donation to the Jewish Family Services.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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Interview with Our Founders:

Recently, the Founders of the MMK Foundation sat down with a free-lance journalist to discuss their history of giving, approach to philanthropy, and motivations behind their work on behalf of the MMK Foundation.

Question:  Because you have a long history of giving to charities and causes supporting children, was establishing the MMK Foundation a way to continue this tradition?

Mark King:  Our primary motivation in establishing the MMK Foundation was to increase opportunities to support our charitable work.  Over the years, Marcia and I have generously supported various causes and organizations.  Initially, we focused on children’s health issues but continued to expand our efforts to include organizations that support work important to us like woman’s safety, advancing education, and improving the environment.  By creating the MMK Foundation, we saw that we could continue our tradition of giving while greatly expanding the scope of our activities and opening up new opportunities to give.

Question:  Why are children’s causes so important to you?

Mark King:  Becoming a parent was an important milestone in my life.  It changed my worldview to focus more on the future.  I wanted to set a good example for my child on the importance of giving back; to create opportunities for all children to grow, develop, and prosper in their lives; and, to focus on what I could do to improve the world for future generations.

Marcia King:  We realized that our hard work and determination created a life of opportunity for our family and we wanted to do our part to ensure opportunities for other families who might not be so fortunate.  First we donated to care organizations that supported underprivileged children.  From there, we extended our support to funding research into children’s health issues and went on to sponsoring activities that enhance children’s lives such as supporting youth organizations, sponsoring educational initiatives, travel, and mentorship activities.

Question: Why do you believe philanthropy is so important, and what’s next for the MMK Foundation?

Mark King:  We believe that giving back is not just a duty, it’s an inherent responsibility for everyone.  We must each do our utmost to support others and lend a helping hand.  Acts of charity and kindness enhance the world and the future for us all.  By changing lives, creating opportunities, expanding avenues for health, education, and development we’re doing all we can to lay the foundation for the next generation of citizens.

Marcia King:  It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the best thing we can do to make the world a better place and leave behind a legacy of caring and good works that help children – and their children – inherit a better world.  And that’s why we created the MMK Foundation.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MMK Foundation Supports Efforts to Ease Hunger
in North Texas Communities

DALLAS, TEXAS: March 26, 2010 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its support of the North Texas Food Bank.  The MMK Foundation actively supports organizations that serve to improve the lives of children, families, seniors, and the working poor.

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a non-profit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased, and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families, and seniors through education, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.  The mission of the NTFB is to pursue a hunger-free community by distributing food through a network of feeding and education programs.

Marcia King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Mark and I are pleased to support the North Texas Food Bank in their important work to eliminate hunger and minimize the food gap in North Texas.  There is a great need to support food supply programs for the needy in these tough economic times. ”

Established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in the North Texas area, the NTFB works to secure food and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the North Texas Counties of Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins.  And the needs in these counties continue to grow.

In the first year of operation, the Food Bank distributed 400,000 pounds of food.  In 2009, the NTFB provided access to 37 million meals through its efforts and each month distributes food to more than 53,000 families and provides 35,000 meals or snacks through its on-site meal programs.  In the 13 counties that NTFB serves, Member Agencies have seen an increase in food insecurity in homes with children by four percentage points, meaning more kids are hungry.  An estimated 64,600 people receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other program served by the NTFB, a jump of 80.4 percent from 2006.

Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of NTFB recently said:  “Texas has the 2nd largest economy in the country, and in November, Forbes ranked Dallas #6 on their list of top 10 fastest recovering cities. The problem is, though, that recovery is long and hard.  North Texas families are still losing their jobs and having trouble putting food on the table.  In this community, we are blessed with tremendous leadership, good corporate citizens, and a strong faith-based community.  These entities must join together to face this issue head on, and demand that our hometowns are hunger free now.”

Pruitt went on to say:  “Our economy is recovering, but food insecurity is still a daily reality for thousands of North Texans.  Thus, we must extend our reach to ensure that everyone gets enough to eat, and we need everybody’s help to make that happen.”

The NTFB is a certified member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org).  Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, solicits food and grocery products from national suppliers for distribution through 200 certified Food Banks nationally.  Feeding America also provides Food Banks with operational standards, training, support and inspection, and educates the public and government officials about the nature and solutions to the problem of hunger in the U.S.

A landmark new study recently revealed that there is an unprecedented increase in the amount of North Texans seeking emergency food assistance.  The results of this study clearly express the unsettling truth that more children and seniors are going hungry.  The Hunger in America 2010 report is the first comprehensive study that captures the undeniable correlation between the recent economic downturn and an increased need for emergency food assistance.  Hunger in America 2010 reinforces the dramatically increasing need for food assistance in the United States.

Nationally, the numbers are staggering.  The Feeding America network is serving 1 million more people each week compared to four years ago.  In total the program supports 37 million people each year, 14 million of those are children and 3 million are seniors.  These figures indicate a 46 percent increase in the number of people receiving assistance compared to four years ago.  Unfortunately, this means that one in eight Americans must receive food assistance from the nation’s charitable food distribution system annually.  Locally, the picture is just as grim.

The Food Hardship and Hunger Report 2010 illustrated the message that North Texans are going hungry.  The numbers gathered by the D.C.-based Food Research and Action Center indicated that of the Texas metropolitan areas surveyed, Dallas is the 3rd worst city for food hardship which is the inability to afford enough food.

Donations are essential to keep feeding and education programs in business.  Long recognized for its efficiencies, every dollar donated to the NFTB provides four meals for the hungry and 94 cents of each donated dollar goes directly towards hunger relief.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Enhancing Education and Development Opportunities for Future Generations

DALLAS, TEXAS: February 24, 2010 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its continued support of local schools and children’s organizations in northeast Texas.  Ensuring a quality education and support of children’s development organizations is a critical area of giving for the MMK Foundation.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Supporting excellence in education and providing opportunities for social and civic development was one of the key reasons we established the MMK Foundation.  I grew up in Dallas and benefited from the local schools and children’s organizations and am happy to be able to give back.”

Some of the goals fulfilled by the MMK Foundation through its donations to local schools and youth groups include:

·         Helping children realize their dreams and become tomorrow's leaders

·         Providing children the opportunity to grow into active and engaged members of their communities and develop their full potential in their chosen fields

·         Ensuring excellence in education for children

·         Enabling opportunities for children to develop courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place

·      Funding activities that teach the importance of team effort, fair competition, and good sportsmanship

·         Supporting programs that serve economically disadvantaged youth from pre-school through college

Mark King went on to say:  “Donating ensures the long-term stability and security of local schools and supporting youth organizations enables plentiful opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop into happy, productive individuals.” Local schools, sports clubs, sports teams, and Girl Scouts organizations are just some of the groups supported by the MMK Foundation.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Supports Haiti Recovery Efforts Through Donation to Doctors Without Borders

DALLAS, TEXAS: January 26, 2010 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its support of recovery efforts in Haiti by making a donation to Doctors Without Borders.  Improving and ensuring delivery of quality health care and helping areas recover from natural disasters are key areas of giving for the MMK Foundation.  To assist the Haitian people and country recover from the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Foundation wanted to assist Doctors Without Borders in their mission to provide aid to people whose survival is threatened.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.  The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis and provides aid in nearly 60 countries.  In Haiti, MSF had projects running at three sites before the earthquake staffed by approximately 700 people and is now supporting more than 20 sites, plus 7 more mobile clinics, staffed by more than 3,000 people. Karline Kleijer, the MSF Haiti head of mission, was quoted as saying:  “The long-term work is just beginning, and it’s no less an emergency.”

After his recent visit to Haiti, Dr. Christophe Fournier, the International President of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emphasized the importance of getting hospitals and convalescence facilities established to support the needs of three million inhabitants.  Dr. Fournier was quoted as saying:  “What worries me the most is our ability to absorb the number of patients that still need to be hospitalized.  We need to increase the number of beds we have for them.  We’ve got to set up new tents, a little bit everywhere in the city, but also to create villages of convalescence where patients will be accommodated with their family and still receive the visits of nurses and doctors, physiologists, psychologists, to slowly recover from their injuries, both organic and mental injuries.”

The MMK Foundation is supporting these efforts through its donation to MSF.  MSF’s ability to act independently in response to a crisis is its independent funding and 100 percent of MSF-USA's funding, and eighty-nine percent of MSF's overall funding, comes from private sources, not governments.  In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Founder Mark King and Partners
Establish New Company Strait Lane Capital Partners

DALLAS, TEXAS: January 4, 2010 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced founder Mark King recently launched a new business enterprise aimed at mentoring business leaders and small to mid-sized business operations through the establishment of Strait Lane Capital Partners (SLCP), LLC.

SLCP is a private equity sponsor focused on leveraged recapitalizations and management buyouts of lower middle-market businesses.  Recognized business leaders Mark King, Warren Edwards, and Richard Diamond founded the company.  Each of the partners brings their wealth of management, financial, and operational excellence knowledge to specifically serve the lower middle-market business sector.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “I created the MMK Foundation to expand my abilities to give back to individuals and communities.  Creating Strait Lane Capital Partners is another way that I can give back.  Mentoring individuals for success is a vital activity of mine.  Through mentorship, and working together with new business partners, I can provide the strategic insight and expertise gained from 30 years of hands-on experience to benefit a future generation of entrepreneurs.”

The MMK Foundation is involved in a variety of activities to support children, individuals and communities locally and abroad.  Key initiatives including caring for children; promoting education and literacy, and helping individuals develop key skills through mentorship are some of the focus areas of the Foundation and its founders.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

About Strait Lane Capital Partners:

Strait Lane Capital Partners (SLCP) LLP, based in Dallas, Texas, is a privately held investment firm focused on leveraged recapitalizations and management buyouts of lower middle-market businesses. SLCP brings strategic insights and expertise including effective governance, operational excellence, vertical market depth, extensive private and public client relationships, and proven global delivery models.  Further information is available at www.straitlanecapital.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Helping the Health of Children

DALLAS, TEXAS: November 9, 2009 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its commitment to helping improve the quality and delivery of health care for children through its support of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  Children's Medical Center of Dallas is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation. It is a private, not-for-profit, pediatric healthcare provider and the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18.

Mark and Marcia King, Founders of the MMK Foundation said:  “Protecting children is close to our hearts. Ensuring quality care for children and furthering the prevention of childhood disease and the elimination of suffering is very important to us.  We are pleased to be able to give to Children’s Medical Center, an organization that does such vital work.”

Investing in Children's Medical Center means the hospital can continue to provide the best possible care for each and every child.  Children's Medical Center provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology, and cystic fibrosis.  In addition, Children's is a major pediatric kidney, liver, intestine, heart and bone marrow transplant center.  As the primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the medical staff at Children's conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases.

Through philanthropy, Children's has saved more lives and changed more futures than thought possible by the small group of Dallas nurses who met in the early 1900s to talk about creating a hospital dedicated solely to the needs of children.  Philanthropic gifts have greatly enhanced Children’s ability to provide remarkable care and maintain their stellar reputation as one of the finest pediatric facilities in the United States.  Children's is accredited by the Joint Commission, and is a Magnet designated facility, the highest national recognition granted to a hospital or medical center for nursing excellence.  In addition, both U.S.News & World Report and Child magazine have named Children's as one of the nation's top pediatric providers, and in 2006, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Children's as a "Best Place to Work."  Children's makes life better for the patients it sees during more than 360,000 visits each year.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Supports U.S. Olympic Ski Team

DALLAS, TEXAS: September 17, 2009, – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its support of the United States Ski Team Foundation.  The eyes of the world will be on Vancouver in February of 2010, for the Olympic Winter Games and providing donations makes it possible for the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding to compete at a world class level.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding.  The Foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs.  The U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding receive no federal funding or subsidy moneys and operate solely through private donations, corporate sponsorship and grants.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “The competition for Olympic gold will be especially intense and our donation is one small way we can help our U.S. Olympic team best compete and proudly represent our country.  Supporting our best and brightest athletes is an important undertaking that we are committed to fulfill.”

U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding Association Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner, has been quoted as saying:  "Our goal as an organization is to win medals in Vancouver."  He continued: “We have some great opportunities and we want to be sure that we have the best athletes on our teams who have proven they can be contenders through their international performance against the best in the world.”

The money raised by the Foundation supports athletes in all disciplines of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding including alpine, cross country, freestyle, jumping, nordic combined and snowboarding as well as the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Cares for Local Dallas Children and Communities by Supporting Worthy Causes 

DALLAS, TEXAS: December 11, 2008 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced its support of vital organizations around Dallas that help provide advocacy for children, deliver important health programs and benefits, and support efforts of local community organizations to provide food and shelter to its neediest citizens.

On an average day in Dallas County, nearly 2,000 abused and neglected children live in foster care because they cannot live safely at home.  Providing these children with advocates is part of the important work undertaken by Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  Dallas CASA is a non-profit organization of volunteers who provide powerful voices to speak for abused children in court to protect the best interests of abused and neglected children in protective care and help them find safe, permanent homes.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Protecting the interests, health, and welfare of children was the primary motivation for establishing the MMK Foundation.  My wife and I are so grateful to be able to support the many positive organizations around Dallas that represent the interests of children and provide important advocacy, health benefits, and improved living conditions.”

In addition to Dallas CASA, the MMK Foundation supports programs that help children achieve smiles, get access to health care, and gain treatment for chronic medical conditions.  MMK Foundation donations to the Smile Train helps nearly 30,000 children annually receive free cleft surgery and dental treatment.  The Smile Train estimates that just $250 can pay for the operation that will transform a child’s life.  Donations made to the Genesis Women’s Shelter provide quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children through crisis intervention and short-term crisis therapeutics.  Donations help the shelter work to achieve its mission to reduce the occurrence of violence against women and children in the greater Dallas area and raise the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence.

Marcia King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “We are so pleased to be able to support these and other worthy organizations within the Dallas community to help them continue their work of protecting and advancing the interests of some of our neediest citizens.”

The MMK Foundation was established to continue the philanthropic efforts of Mark and Marcia King and extend their efforts to give-back both locally and abroad.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Granted 501(c)3 Status

DALLAS, TEXAS: December 14, 2007 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally today announced the MMK Foundation received its Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service granting the Foundation tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “The MMK Foundation was established to expand our abilities to support worthy causes and provide donations to efforts that promote the interests of children and other important social, environmental, and community causes.  Our tax-exempt status recognizes the charitable nature of these efforts and enables even greater opportunities to give.”

The MMK Foundation focuses on worthy causes and organizations that enhance children’s health by supporting care-giving institutions and funding research into childhood illnesses and diseases.  It promotes the advancement of education and literacy through donations to organizations that support training, development, and learning initiatives.  The Foundation also supports activities that advance safety, well-being, and development opportunities for citizens locally and abroad.

More information about the MMK Foundation may be found at the Foundation’s website at mmkfoundation.com or contact the MMK Foundation at mmkfoundation@aol.com.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King. More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

 

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Established by Mark and Marcia King to Support, Advance, and Improve the Lives of Children

DALLAS, TEXAS: June 15, 2007 – The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation was established today by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally.  The founders today announced the primary focus of the MMK Foundation will be causes that help children.  Charities and organizations that serve the interests of children will be among the key beneficiaries of donations made by the MMK Foundation.  The Foundation will soon file an application with the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “Providing children with the opportunity to lead healthy, happy lives is a key focus of our philanthropic work.  Efforts that enable children to grow into active and engaged members of their communities and develop to their full potential in their chosen fields are the strategic imperatives to the charities and organizations we support.”

The Kings have a long history of philanthropy.  They created the MMK Foundation to expand their giving activities and enable greater opportunities to support worthy causes.  Funding medical research into childhood diseases, giving to educational and environmental initiatives, donating to care-giving facilities that specifically support needy children, supporting communities devastated by hurricanes and floods, building clean water wells in Africa are just some of the activities the Kings have supported.

Marcia King, Founder of MMK Foundation said:  “Creating opportunities for children to smile, to help them learn, grow, and develop into happy, productive individuals and gain long-term advancements in life is the most important undertaking we can hope to achieve through our giving.”

Some of the organizations to be supported by the Foundation, and previously supported by Mark and Marcia King, include local schools, youth organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, sports teams, clubs, and associations, hospitals and health foundations that serve the needs of children or perform research into childhood illnesses and disease and other efforts that improve the quality of life, health, and welfare of children locally and abroad.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation at www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Press Release

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MMK Foundation Helps Address World Hunger with Donation to Edesia Global

DALLAS, TEXAS: November 15, 2012 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a gift to Edesia Global to support their important work to end world hunger.Edesia is a non-profit producer of Ready-to-Use Foods that transform the lives of malnourished children, their families and communities.

One in eight people in the world suffer from chronic under nourishment and Africa’s hungry have increased by 36% over the past few years.More than 13 million children are in jeopardy of suffering from a lack of food and water. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Edesia is a non-profit producer of Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs) that have revolutionized the treatment and prevention of malnutrition in the developing world.

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:“Food and nutrition are a basic human right and helping organizations working to end world hunger is of critical importance to me and the MMK Foundation.”

Edesia produces Plumpy’Nut® a ready-to-use therapeutic food, endorsed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, which is proven to treat severe acute malnutrition with astounding success rates. It is an energy-dense paste made with peanuts, milk powder, sugar, vegetable oils, and a fortified vitamin and mineral mixture.Navyn salem, Executive Director of Edesia has said:“The results are amazing, in four to ten weeks you can see a complete transformation in a child.”Employees at the non-profit organization work in shifts around the clock, producing thousands of small but life-saving silver packets. Producing 150,000 packets every 24 hours is enough to feed 50,000 children per day

Plumpy'Nut® is revolutionary because it does not need to be refrigerated or mixed with water – two things not readily available in the developing world. It allows for malnutrition to be treated at home by the caregiver instead of in a costly hospital stay and saves lives as if it were an essential medicine. In a short time, a child can be transformed from near death to certain survival. If children are reached during this critical window, they will be healthier for the rest of their lives. If missed, the intellectual and physical damage is often irreversible.

With its 2-year shelf life, the simple solution of Plumpy'Nut® can reach even the most remote areas. In times of great natural and human disasters, RUFs can effectively and efficiently fulfill caloric and micronutrient needs to the most vulnerable. They have helped fill emergency needs in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, drought-stricken Niger, flood-affected Pakistan, and famine-stricken Horn of Africa.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:“Edesia is about caring and about making a difference for hungry children and we’re happy to support their production of a food source that helps address world hunger.Every donated dollar helps provide the necessary nutrition that will literally change the course of a child's life.

Above and beyond production of the food source, Edesia also works to foster research for the development of new nutritional solutions and to support expansion of production capacities in developing countries.

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:www.mmkfoundation.com.

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MMK Foundation Makes $75,000 Grant to Family Compass to Support Important Work to Prevent Child Abuse in Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, TEXAS:  September 9, 2013 The MMK Foundation, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) established by Mark and Marcia King to effect positive, sustainable change in the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally, today announced a multi-year grant of $75,000 to Family Compass.  The grant will be paid over three years in the amount of $25,000 per year beginning in September of 2013.  Family Compass is a key provider of prevention services for high-risk children and families in Dallas County.

The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Family Compass achieves their mission by strengthening families through skills-building parenting education, connection to community resources and mentoring to achieve goals including the pursuit of higher education.  The service models utilized include home mentoring, community-based education and coalition building. 

Jessica Trudeau, Executive Director for Family Compass said:  “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with the MMK Foundation for the next three years.  This significant grant makes a world of difference for the struggling families and children we serve.  These families have often had a history that includes involvement with the child welfare system, residence in a poverty-stricken community and/or homelessness.  Their children are the most vulnerable in our community.  We stand with MMK Foundation and refuse to allow them to become another statistic.”

Family Compass is highly collaborative in implementing home mentoring, community education and outreach services.  Family Compass is best known for the evidence-based, home mentoring programs offered throughout Dallas County including Healthy Families and Parent Aide.  The gift from the MMK Foundation will be used to support the Parent Aide Program.  The Parent Aide Program teaches high-risk parents positive parenting skills, effective discipline techniques and healthy stress management techniques.  Services are available are voluntary and free of charge. 

Mark King, Founder of the MMK Foundation said:  “The work performed by Family Compass is directly aligned with the reasons we established the MMK Foundation.  Helping children, especially those at risk, is vital work for everyone in the community to undertake and support.  I am committed to supporting the important work being done by Family Compass to help prevent the cycle of child abuse and bring hope to families and communities throughout Dallas.  That is just one of the reasons we significantly increased our support and made this multi-year grant to the organization.”

Family Compass’ mission is to build healthy families and a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect through therapeutic and educational programs designed for families at increased risk for child abuse.  Community Education and Outreach programs seek to prevent the cycle of abuse for vulnerable families by reducing family and parental isolation through groups that provide support networks, teach positive parenting skills, and provide access to community resources.  Educational classes for high schools, day care providers, community-based organizations, faith communities, and professional agencies as well as parenting classes are just some of the ways Family Compass works to help improve the situation in Dallas, Texas.

Marcia King, Co-Founder of the MMK Foundation, said:  Helping to protect children in our City by guiding families away from violence and toward a path of health, healing, and hope is the key mission of Family Compass and one that I, and the MMK Foundation, wholly support.  This is in part why we established the MMK Foundation and I am pleased this new multi-year gift to the Family Compass organization will help them continue their vital work to equip parents with the tools necessary to raise healthy, happy, and productive children.”

Since 1992, over 38,450 children and parents have been served by Family Compass.  Family Compass works to empower its clients by teaching positive parenting methods and supporting parents to strengthen their families’ emotional, economical, physical, and social capacities.  Each year, more than 1,500 parents and children turn to Family Compass for help.   

About MMK Foundation

The MMK Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c) foundation that provides donations, and partners with other non-profit organizations and causes, to support initiatives that enhance the lives of children, citizens, and communities globally to achieve positive outcomes.  The MMK Foundation’s efforts are focused on improving the lives of children through health, education, and technology; helping individuals by providing necessary resources, skills, and opportunities; and strengthening communities by responding in the time of extraordinary need and making investments and improvements in the environment and infrastructure.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the MMK Foundation was established in 2007 by Mark and Marcia King.  More information is available on the MMK Foundation web site at:  www.mmkfoundation.com.

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