Kimberly-Clark Foundation and the Falk Family Donate $1M to United Way Covid-19 Fund

The Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund—which in March came together in under a week—aims to tackle both urgent and long-term needs in North Texas, including those affecting education, income, and health.

Last month, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas announced the United Way Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. The fund started out with $1.2 million in seed funding commitments. With the latest donation from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation and the Falk family, the fund has received a total of $6.3 million in less than a month.

The donation aligns with the Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark Foundation’s mission of charitable giving and its focus on social and community investments. Tom and Karen Falk have ties to both organizations—Tom was previously the foundation’s executive chairman and both are serving as the 2019-2020 campaign chairs for United Way.

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“We’re in this together,” Tom Falk said in a statement. “United Way is a powerful force in our community, and this crisis can be a defining moment of solidarity.”

The Falks and Kimberly-Clark each donated $500,000 to the fund. The donation was made specifically to address long-term challenges caused by the pandemic, especially those affecting education, income, and health outcomes in North Texas. 

Over $2 million from the fund has already been deployed in resources to 144 community-based organizations supporting vulnerable populations, including health care workers and first responders. Donations made to the fund are expected to support both urgent and long-term needs in DFW.

“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,” Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton CEO and president of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, said in a statement.

The United Way Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund initially received seed funding commitments of $250,000 each from its partners Texas Instruments Foundation, Bank of America, McKesson Foundation, and Perot Foundation. Wells Fargo and Hoblitzelle Foundation donated $100,000.

“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,” Tom Falk said.

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