Featured Portfolio of Projects

and Programs we have supported

Horatio AlgerFounded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work have enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. Kenneth J. Beebe, with support from author Norman Vincent Peale, created the Association to recognize men and women of outstanding achievement and to remind Americans of the limitless possibilities that exist through the free-enterprise system. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Association provides college scholarships and mentorship to at-risk students who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and dedication to pursuing higher education. The Horatio Alger Association has awarded almost $100 million to nearly 20,000 Scholars since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984.
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
The Family PlaceWe believe that making a difference in the lives of victims, survivors and their families is one of the best reasons to give. The Durham Family Foundation is pleased to support The Family Place, a very special organization committed to equipping the victims of domestic violence with the necessary tools to empower their lives. For victims of family violence, The Family Place is the leading organization in the Dallas Metroplex that conducts extensive community education, advocacy and assistance to help prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety.
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The Family Place
Dallas Museum of ArtThe Dallas Museum of Art is a cultural treasure located in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Dallas and contains over 22,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the leading art institutions in the country and is recognized for its arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia, and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art. The Durham Family Foundation has helped support a broad array of activities and programs at the DMA, all designed to engage visitors of all ages and experience levels with its collections.
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Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Symphony Let the music play!  The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has a rich, 112-year history of artistic excellence and performs in the internationally acclaimed Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center architected by I.M. Pei. The Durham Family Foundation is pleased to support the DSO, which is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the Southwest. Over the years, the Dallas Symphony has inspired and entertained millions of people with year-round classical, pops and summer concerts. Members of the DSO also conduct numerous special community and education concerts throughout the year.
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The Dallas Symphony
Dallas Zoo Monkey see, monkey do … The Durham Family Foundation loves the zoo! Long-term conservation and management of species in captivity, as well as in the wild, is one of the primary missions of the two zoos supported by The Durham Family Foundation. A 67 ½” foot tall giraffe sculpture greets visitors to the Dallas Zoo and is just one indication of the big fun waiting inside. Over the past decade, with the help of numerous Dallas area businesses and grants, the zoo has undergone a major transformation and is thriving with new and exciting exhibits including the Wilds of Africa award-winning Giants of the Savanna - the only multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat. Additional special exhibits include the Koala Walkabout, the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger Habitat and the Lacerte Family Zoo with educational exhibits for children delight adults and children of all ages. The Durham Family Foundation supports numerous programs at the Dallas Zoo to provide funding for their many education centers, host family-friendly events and fun entertainment, and, of course, continue wildlife conservation.
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Dallas Zoo
The Henry Doorly ZooNo trip to Omaha, Nebraska would be complete without a visit to the city’s number one tourist destination, the Henry Doorly Zoo. At over 130 acres, this impressive zoo is the home to over 17,000 animals from 962 different species, with 44 of those being on the endangered species list. Dining with the monkeys is made possible by a grant to support the Durham TreeTops restaurant that overlooks one of America's largest indoor rainforests – the Lied Jungle. One of our longest on-going projects, The Durham Family Foundation is helping the zoo with a significant renovation of this wonderful restaurant.
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The Henry Doorly Zoo
DurhammuseumExperience the Wild West of yesteryear!   Housed in a totally renovated beautiful art deco-style train station – the former Union Station, The Durham Museum boasts an old-fashioned soda fountain and over 65,000 square feet of exhibits including the Byron Reed Coin and Document Collection, The Trans-Mississippi Exposition Gallery, restored train cars, a teepee, an earth lodge and more.  From permanent exhibits highlighting the history of Omaha and its surrounding regions, to impressive traveling exhibitions from national partners including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Field Museum, the Durham Museum offers something for everyone.
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The Durham Museum
TeammatesBenjamin Franklin once said “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  When a young person, even a gifted one, grows up without proximate living examples of what he or she may aspire to become, goals can easily remain abstract.  Founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne, TeamMate mentors are caring adults who work to support and encourage high school children, help them pursue post-secondary education and reach their full potential. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for over 5,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa.
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boys-and-girlsBelieving that all children are a precious gift, the Durham Family Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club organization. In our area alone, more than 4,000 youth will enter through the doors at one of the 39 Boys and Girls club sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this year. And each year more than 40,000 youth participate in life-enhancing programs organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs here.  The Durham Family Foundation supports numerous programs at the Boys and Girls Club that focus on inspiring academic success and promoting positive citizenship among young people, especially those who need us most.
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Boys and Girls Club
united way The Durham Family Foundation is pleased to support the efforts of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. United Way amplifies every contribution to help our community address big issues including preparing kids to graduate and succeed, helping families leave poverty behind permanently, and enabling people to live healthy, responsible lives.
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United Way