Dallas-based company Kimberly-Clark Foundation, in partnership with its local employees, former executive chairman Tom Falk, and Karen Falk, committed to donating $1 million to United Way for Metropolitan Dallas’ Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.
The Falks have pledged to donate half of the sum from their personal funds, and Kimberly Clark will donate the remaining $500,000.
Established in 1952, the foundation carries out the social responsibility efforts of the company, with its primary focus on social and community investments that increase access to sanitation, help children thrive and empower women and girls.
The two gifts are earmarked to address issues in education, income, and health outcomes as a result of COVID-19 in North Texas. This gift comes at the close of the Falks term as chairs of the United Way 2019-20 campaign.
“We’re in this together,” said Tom Falk in a release. “United Way is a powerful force in our community, and this crisis can be a defining moment of solidarity … Even as we confront uncertainty and volatility, together will we live united to lend support to our North Texas neighbors and emerge stronger than ever before.”
This gift brings United Way’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to $6.3 million in total dollars raised. An additional $2 million worth of valuable resources has already been sent to 144 community organizations serving vulnerable populations.
“In the midst of a crisis unlike we’ve ever seen, we will step forward together to take care of people here in North Texas, strengthening our community’s collective resolve to recover when this crisis is behind us,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton CEO and president of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.