Diane and Hal Brierley are probably gonna be clipping grocery store coupons after today. The philanthropic duo, who have supported everything including the arts, healthcare and animals, are $5M lighter in the wallet.
Tomorrow it is going to be announced that the Brierleys have donated $5M to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Unite Forever Campaign. Yup, that’s right a five followed by six zeroes! In all their years, this gift is the largest donation to a “social service organization” they’ve ever made.
It was one year ago this month that United Way President/CEO Jennifer Sampson and her crew launched the campaign to raise $100M for the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas “to transform the lives and preserve the futures of North Texas.”
Thanks to the Brierleys’ gift, they’ve raised more than $35M toward the goal.
And leave it to the very smart Brierleys to spread the love. Their “commitment includes a $2M gift to endow their annual $100,000 Tocqueville Society gift.” Diane and Hal have been members of the Society for more than two decades, but this present makes them the “newest members of the Tocqueville Legacy Circle that is made up of Tocqueville donors who have funded their annual gift in perpetuity.”
The remaining $3M-gift “is a bequest earmarked in part to support United Way’s Social Innovation Fund.”
According to Jennifer, “The Brierleys have been a driving force behind many important endeavors in the city of Dallas. Their longtime involvement and service at United Way have provided strategic direction, sage wisdom, and vast resources. We are grateful to Diane and Hal for this generous gift, sure to unite this community in creating secure futures for generations to come.”
If you have some time, you might want to read the release that touches on just a smattering of all the contributions in which Diane and Hal have been involved. They may not have been born in Dallas, but Dallas is grateful they found their way here. But be forewarned: you’re gonna be worn out just reading all they do.
BTW, don’t feel too sorry for Diane and Hal. They’re going to be treated to a “free” lunch at Tuesday’s United Way’s “Second Tuesday” Tocqueville Society luncheon. [Read more…]