When Carl B. and Florence E. King created their foundation in 1966, no one had ever heard of HIV/AIDS. Most of the population was still rejoicing over development of the polio vaccine. But the Kings had vision. They structured their foundation to focus on the aging population, arts, culture, history, children and youth, education, indigent populations and nonprofits. Over the past half century, the foundation has grown to more than $50M and has been able to accommodate the every-changing developments within the community.
An example of how their foundation’s continuing ability to achieve its mission was this week’s presentation of “a third, $15,000 two-year grant” to the Resource Center Dallas.
The funding will assist the Center’s dental program that has proven to be a blessing for the Center’s clients. Just one of two clinics providing dental services to people with HIV/AIDS, it offers everything from cleanings and fillings to bridgework.
“This third grant from the King Foundation reinforces our role as a trusted leader providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to broadening access to our services such as the dental program,” said the Center’s CEO Cece Cox. “This grant will provide needed program support and increase availability to our dental clients.”
While Florence and Carl have been gone for decades, their foresight, spirit and generosity live on.