make-a-wish-logo There is a lot to love about the ability to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions!  Every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. The Make-A-Wish organization in North Texas is one of the largest in the country. In 2012, Make-A-Wish® North Texas granted wishes for 505 children, inspiring happiness and optimism not only in the lives of these wish children and their families, but also in the lives of the thousands of donors and volunteers who came together to make these wishes come true.
CasaOn an average day in Dallas County, more than 2,000 abused and neglected children live in foster care because they cannot live safely at home. These children need powerful voices to speak for them. Enter CASA, a favorite project of The Durham Family Foundation.  CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Thanksgiving Square FoundationThe Durham Family Foundation has an attitude of gratitude for Thanksgiving-Square. Founded by four Dallas business men and designed by the renowned American architect Philip Johnson, Thanks-Giving Square, in the heart of downtown Dallas, offers a calm respite from all the hustle and bustle of big city working and living. Dedicated in 1976 to promote the concept of giving thanks as a universal, human value, Thanks-Giving Square promotes the value and spirit of thanksgiving for both sacred and secular cultures throughout the world. We are thankful for a lot of things at The Durham Family Foundation including our ability to support Thanks-giving Square.
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Thanksgiving Square Foundation
bestbuddiesFounded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) live full and rich lives, securing jobs, making friends and becoming leaders. According to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), it is estimated that there are seven to eight million Americans of all ages (about 2.5-3% of the U.S. population) who experience IDD. Sadly, IDD affects about one in ten families in the U.S. Further, only 20 percent of people with disabilities either are employed or are seeking employment (U.S. Department of Labor). Best Buddies creates school chapters that help these kids become productive adults so they can become gainfully employed. As a result of the incredible work done by Best Buddies organizations across the world, the United States and right here in Texas, people with IDD are becoming leaders and amazing advocates for those who have disabilities.
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Best Buddies
KlydeWarrenparkIn the heart of downtown Dallas with gorgeous views of the Dallas skyline, Klyde Warren Park is a special place that offers something for everyone – outdoor concerts, book signings, free yoga and Zumba and now the Children’s Park, a special project funded in part by The Durham Family Foundation. Featuring a playground, a child-size amphitheater, a story telling tree, and a caterpillar fountain that turns into a butterfly as the water jets spread out like wings, the Children’s Park has become a favorite free activity for thousands of Dallas families.
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Klyde Warren Park