About TMKF

Our Mission

Eliminate Cancer

Will you be the one in three women diagnosed with some form of cancer during your lifetime? If not, you will likely know her. She may be your friend, neighbor, mother, sister or even your daughter. With your support, The Mary Kay Foundation is dedicated to eliminating cancers affecting women.

End Domestic Violence

Home should be a safe haven. Unfortunately, the homes of thousands of women and children are plagued by domestic violence. With your help, The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to stopping the violence, breaking the silence and making a difference for these women and children.

Our History

Virtually everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. Mary Kay Ash’s personal encounter came in 1980 when her husband, Mel Ash, died of lung cancer. Subsequently, each time a member of the extended Mary Kay family was diagnosed with cancer, she became even more determined to work to find a cure.

In 1987, Mary Kay decided to put her money where her heart was and asked employees at Mary Kay Inc. and the independent sales force to do the same. Together, they began raising funds for cancer research, and in 1996, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was established to formalize the raising and distributing of research funds for cancers affecting women. In 2009, the name of the Foundation was changed to The Mary Kay Foundation.

Mary Kay Ash cared about all issues affecting women, and she knew domestic violence was a problem in the community. She began to hear how prevalently this issue affected the Mary Kay Inc. independent sales force across the nation. So in July 2000, The Foundation embraced a second mission: to prevent violence against women.

Did you know about One in Four? Watch this short video to learn more.  One in Four

  • Mary Kay Inc. earned first place at the 7th annual Boston College Corporate Citizenship Film Festival. The company’s “One in Four” domestic violence prevention video (which was first unveiled at Leadership Conference) secured a spot as a top 10 finalist before a panel of industry experts chose it as one of two first place winning videos. Learn more here.

  • The U.S. Department of Justice honored Mary Kay Inc. for its long-term commitment to preventing and ending domestic violence during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Service Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

  • Mary Kay is redefining what it means to “man up” through the release of a new video encouraging men to be positive role models. We would love for you to share with the men in your life! Here’s how we shared it on facebook

    • Mary Kay is redefining what it means to #ManUp in today’s society. By asking young men to respect women, be a good example and a leader in their community we hope to end the statistic that 1 in 4 women will experience abuse in their lifetime. Join us and #DontLookAway from abuse. https://youtu.be/YYeAWWC8qI0