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Meadows Foundation awards $60K to Childrenz Haven
LIVINGSTON -- The Meadows Foundation announced that it will be awarding Childrenz Haven, Polk County's Child Advocacy Center, a grant of $60,000. The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country, both for its grantmaking practices and for its active engagement in advancing the fi eld of private philanthropy. Established in 1948, the Meadows Foundation was created to benefi t the people of Texas. Its founders, Algur H. Meadows and his wife, Virginia, believed that their lives had been richly blessed. Algur Meadows established General American Oil Company of Texas (GAO) in 1939 and led it to become one of the nation's most successful independent oil and gas production companies. The success of GAO provided the Meadows the fi nancial resources to support charitable organizations throughout Texas and led to the establishment of The Meadows Foundation. The Meadows legacy has contributed greatly to enriching the lives of countless Texans in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health and human services. The Foundation has also developed current grant-making initiatives in support of public education, particularly in the areas of early child development, enhanced reading and math instruction, and teacher and administrator preparation, mental health and the natural environment. Hoping to develop a philanthropic spirit among high school and middle school students, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $3 million over the past 30 years to more than 500 schools in Texas whose students planned and carried out community service projects. Since its inception, The Meadows Foundation has disbursed in excess of $760 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to more than 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies. Grants have been awarded both in large urban areas and small rural communities and in every Texas county. The Foundation looks for programs and services that employ imaginative, innovative ways to solve community problems through projects leading to organizational self-suffi ciency and in capital plans that enable agencies to fl ourish. Among its philanthropic initiatives, the foundation established the Wilson Historic District in 1981 in Dallas, and has invested over $80 million to create and maintain this unique 22-acre nonprofi t campus. As many as 39 nonprofi t agencies are provided rentfree offi ce space and access to management and technical assistance in restored historic buildings and new structures. The district, the fi rst of its kind in the nation, is considered a benchmark for historic preservation and a model project in which to house nonprofi t agencies. It has earned national, state and local landmark designations. Childrenz Haven is honored to be a recipient of a grant from such a prestigious organization and will use the grant to continue its mission: To provide a neutral, nonbiased, child friendly agency that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach in the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse.