2010 Dirk Nowitzki Foundation Grant Recipients

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation


The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Foundation strives to accomplish this goal through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo.


Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. HFH builds with homeowners and volunteers under trained supervision. With support from the DNF, Habitat for Humanity was able to serve 17 families in Senegal last year and the impact will continue to be felt for years. Children now have a safe and healthy home in which to grow, study, play and thrive. Habitat for Humanity proposes to include Malawi and Uganda this year because of the high needs created by AIDS and the orphans left in its wake. In these projects, HFH will not only build fully subsidized homes but also offer training on HIV prevention, basic health and hygiene. Mosquito nets will also be distributed in all three countries to help combat malaria.




ChildCareGroup is requesting funding to provide child care scholarships to needy children. ChildCareGroup serves more than 500 infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0-5) annually from low-income families in the Dallas area. ChildCareGroup’s strategic focus is expansion of quality child care, especially infant care and partially subsidized care for working poor families. Its six child development centers provide services at little or no cost to families living at or below the federal poverty guidelines, while working to eliminate the negative effects that poverty has on early child development and learning. DNF funding would be used to expand the Early Childhood Development and School Readiness Education Programs. Child Care Group is focused on addressing two key issues related to the care and education of young children within our centers: the importance of relationships and the availability of safe, nurturing, school readiness programs for low-income young children. Families living at or below the poverty line often have no other choice but to put their children into adequate or unsafe child care. Simply providing children a place to stay while their parents work is not nearly enough. The goal is to educate, inspire and shape these young minds for future success. Poverty prevents families from investing the necessary time and financial resources in their children’s development. Child Care Group operates seven early care and school readiness education centers serving 595 at risk infants, toddlers and preschool children ages 0-5 from low income families in the Dallas’ most poverty stricken neighborhoods, including East & South Dallas, Oak Cliff, Irving and Garland.


Friends of Wednesday´s Child


Friends of Wednesday’s Child is the only organization that provides funds to fulfill the specific needs of North Texas foster children. It strives to provide these children with the hope and healing they need to grow into confident, caring adults that can contribute to society. The goal of the Medical Assistance Program is for North Texas children in foster care to achieve and maintain physical and mental health and well-being. Children in foster care typically have more medical problems and less access to care than children living at home. It’s essential to eliminate these disparities to ensure foster children experience successful childhoods and emerge as healthy adults. Funding would provide medical assistance in the form of specialized equipment, therapy, orthodontics and more.


Rainbow Days


Rainbow Days gives children hope for a promising future by providing the skills and support they need to make healthy choices, stay drug free and believe they have a purpose. Rainbow Days provides life skills education to children, youth and families living in high-risk situations in the Dallas area. Annually over 9,545 children and youth and 200 parents participate in one or more prevention programs offered though Rainbow Days. To reduce barriers and increase access to services, staff and volunteers “circuit ride” to serve children, youth and families at one of 82 different community-based sites including homeless shelters, transitional living centers, domestic violence centers, after-school programs, schools and recreation centers in the Dallas area.


Lucas Christian Academy


LCA is a school of 272 students utilizing the University-Model of education where professional teachers instruct the students two to three days per week on campus and parents continue instructions or monitor their students´work at home on alternate days. The goal is to provide an excellent private school experience where parents and students are committed and involved throughout the year, but offer it at an affordable cost. Funding would go towards building a gymnasium.

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