Our History

Mary Kay Ash's philosophy of giving led to the establishment of the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation (MKACF) in the United States in 1996. Established in 2001, the Canadian Foundation helps carry on Mary Kay's legacy with its unified mission to supprt women living with cancer and to put an end to domestic violence. Here are a few of the Foundation's milestones since it began.

2013
December 2013:
The Shelter Grant program is able to make available a total of 10 grants of $10,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

December 2013: The 2013 Limited-Edition MKACF Necklace sells out, raising $68,530.

August 2013: The 2013 MKACF Teddy Bear, Ruby, raises $30,051.

July 2013: Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. presents a cheque for $100,000 to Look Good Feel Better¨ in honour of their 21st anniversary in Canada.

May 2013: Mary Kay Canada continues the success of the Team Up for Women! Challenge for independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF, raising $34,162.

Spring/Summer 2013: The Spring/Summer CSR campaign – which saw $1 from the sale of each Beauty That Counts® limited-edition Creme Lipstick (in One Woman Can) and NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss (in Celebrate) from May 16th –August 15th donated to the Foundation – raises $18,704.

2012
December 2012:
The Fall/Holiday CSR campaign – which saw $1 from the sale of each Beauty That Counts lipstick (two beautiful shades: Possibilities and Inspiring) from September 16th – December 15th – raised $15,600.

December 2012: The Shelter Grant program is able to make available a total of 11 grants of $10,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

December 2012: The 2012 Limited-Edition MKACF Bracelet has raised almost $44,000.

August 2012: The 2012 MKACF Teddy Bear, Bea, raises $23,472.

July 2012: The 2012 MKACF Teddy Bear, Bea, is introduced with the potential to raise $31,200 for the Foundation.

July 2012: Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. presents a cheque for $50,000 to Look Good Feel Better¨ in honour of their 20th anniversary in Canada.

May 2012: Mary Kay Canada continues the success of the Team Up for Women!¨ Challenge for independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF, raising $37,355.

2011
December 2011:
The Fall/Holiday CSR campaign - which saw $1 from the sale of each Beauty That Counts lipstick (three beautiful shades: Give joy, Give Dreams, Give Hope) from September 16th - December 16th donated to the Foundation – raises over $10,000 in support of the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.

December 2011: The Shelter Grant program is able to make available a total of 10 grants of $10,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

July 2011: The 2011 MKACF Teddy Bear, Hope, is introduced with the potential to raise over $37,500 for the Foundation.

May 2011: Mary Kay Canada continues the success of the Team Up for Women! Challenge for independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF, raising $44,000.

December 2010: The Fall/Holiday CSR campaign - which saw $1 from the sale of each Beauty That Counts lipstick (three limited-edition shades: Inspiration, Confidence and/or Compassion) from September 16th - December 15th donated to the Foundation - raises $19,770.

December 2010: The Shelter Grant program is able to make available a total of 12 grants of $10,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

July 2010: The 2010 MKACF Teddy Bear, Champ, is introduced with the potential to raise $40,000 for the Foundation.

May 2010: Mary Kay Canada continues the success of the Team Up for Women! Challenge for independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF, raising a record-breaking $46,000.

February 2010: The 2nd annual Pink at the Rink event scored big for the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, raising over $2,700.

December 2009: The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation reaches the $1 million donation mark in less than 10 years!

December 2009: The Shelter Grant program awards a total of 11 grants of $10,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

November 2009: Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. has been the title sponsor for the Celebration of Hope Breast Cancer Luncheon, which has raised $1,132,000 over the past four years.

August 2009: Thanks to an incredible outpouring of support, the Shelter Grant program is making available a total of 11 grants of $8,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

July 2009: The 2009 MKACF Teddy Bear, Bella, is introduced with the potential to raise $40,000 for the Foundation.

May 2009: The 2009 Beauty That Counts campaign is in full swing, From now until December 15th, 2009, $1 from each Mary Kay Crème Lipstick sold in all-time favourite Gingerbread and on-trend limited-edition Pink Passion will be donated to the Foundation.

February 2009: Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. partners with the Toronto Marlies for the first-ever Mary Kay Pink at the Rink event, which raises over $4,000 for the Foundation.

December 2008: The Shelter Grant program awards a total of 10 grants of $6,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

December 2008: The Beauty That Counts campaign raises $65,000 for the Foundation.

August 2008: An adorable addition to the MKACF Teddy Bear family, ToBee, is introduced and raises over $29,002.

May 2008: Mary Kay Canada continues the success of the Team Up for Women! Challenge for independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF, raising more than $40,000.

December 2007: The Shelter Grant program awards a total of 10 grants of $5,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

August 2007: The MKACF's fifth teddy bear, Harmony, is introduced and goes on to raise $49,172.

May 2007: Mary Kay Canada runs the Team Up for Women! Challenge to independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF from independent sales force members and their customers. More than $39,000 was raised.

December 2006: Thanks to fundraising support, the Shelter Grant Program is once again able to award a total of 10 grants of $3,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

August 2006: The MKACF continues its fundraising efforts with the creation of its fourth Teddy Bear, Shelbee, which raised a total of $36,366.

May 2006: Mary Kay Canada continues the success of the Team Up for Women! Challenge for independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF from independent sales force members and their customers. More than $40,000 was raised.

April 2006: The MKACF donates $30,000 to support the Victim Services of Peel crisis intervention program. A $10,000 donation will be made each year for the next three years. To recognize the donation, Victim Services of Peel names their "Living Wall" - a massive indoor green space located at the Victim Services of Peel offices - to honour the MAKCF and its commitment to supporting community outreach programs that work to put an end to violence against women.

March - June 2006: Mary Kay Canada presents the fourth annual Women of Courage Luncheon Speaker Series, with proceeds from the series being donated to Interim Place, a shelter for abused women and their children in Peel Region in Mississauga, Ontario.

September 2005: As a result of increased fundraising efforts by the MKACF in 2005, the Shelter Grant Program awarded a total of 10 grants of $3,000 each to shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

August 2005: The MKACF family continues to grow with the creation of its third Teddy Bear, Ashlee, in a continued effort to raise funds for the Foundation. She raises $34,836.

May 2005: Mary Kay Canada launches the Team Up for Women! Challenge to independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF from independent sales force members and their customers. More than $23,000 was raised.

March - June 2005: Mary Kay Canada presents the third annual Women of Courage Luncheon Speaker Series. Proceeds from the series were again donated to Interim Place, a shelter for abused women and their children in Peel Region in Mississauga, Ontario.

December 2004: The Shelter Grant Program was created as a project of the MKACF in in an effort to reach communities across Canada where there are limited fundraising resources. In 2004, the Shelter Grant Program awarded grants of $1,500 each to 12 shelters across Canada based on applications received from shelters and community outreach programs in need.

August 2004: The MKACF's second Teddy Bear, Mumphrey, was created to raise funds for the Foundation and raised a total of $35,467.

May 2004: Mary Kay Canada launches the Team Up for Women! Challenge to independent sales force members to drive donations to the MKACF from independent sales force members and their customers. More than $16,000 was raised.

March - June 2004: Mary Kay Canada presents the second annual Women of Courage Luncheon Speaker Series. Proceeds from the series were again donated to Interim Place, a shelter for abused women and their children in Peel Region in Mississauga, Ontario.

March 2004: Lifetime Television's Times Square Project honours the U.S. Foundation for its work to stop violence against women.

August 2003: The first MKACF Teddy Bear, Charity, was created to raise funds for the Foundation, raising $36,104. The Teddy Bears are available for just $25 through Canadian Independent Beauty Consultants.

July 2003: The Canadian MKACF donates $35,000 to Shelternet.ca, a Web site for women and their children.

March - June 2003: Mary Kay Canada proudly presents the first Women of Courage Luncheon Speaker Series featuring the stories of four inspiring, motivating and entertaining women. The series will become an important part of Mary Kay Canada's dedication to enriching women's lives. Proceeds from ticket sales are donated to Interim Place, a shelter for abused women and their children in Mississauga, Ontario.

January 2003: And Stirred With Love Cookbook debuts featuring favourite recipes from Mary Kay Ash and Independent National Sales Directors from around the world. Proceeds from the cookbook benefit the MKACF.

November 2001: Beloved Founder Mary Kay Ash dies.

August 2001: The MKACF is launched in Canada. It announces support for the Look Good Feel Better® program, a non-profit service for female cancer patients and pledges to help end violence against women.

August 2000: The U.S. Foundation and Mary Kay Inc. underwrite Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope, a national Public Broadcasting Service documentary about violence against women that aired in October 2001.

July 2000: The U.S. Foundation embraces a second mission to help prevent violence against women.

January 2000: Independent National Sales Directors contribute their personal stories to create Paychecks of the Heart and dedicate the book to Mary Kay Ash as a MKACF fundraiser.

February 1996: A long-time supporter in the fight against cancer, Mary Kay Ash establishes the MKACF in the United States to raise money for cancer research related to women's health.