2011 Dirk Nowitzki Foundation Grant Recipients

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.


Kid Net Foundation dba Jonathan’s Place


Kid Net Foundation is requesting funding for the Girls Treatment Program. It serves adolescent girls in custody of Child Protective Services (CPS) between the ages of 10-17, in need of therapeutic residential care and specialized professional services. These girls have experienced trauma, including but not limited to, neglect, abandonment and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Participants in the program comes to us from hospitals and treatment centers and/or failed foster care or adoptive placements. They suffer from low esteem, poor coping skills, eating disorders, depression and distrust of adults and/or the system(s) they came from. Through therapy, educational opportunities and a family environment, the program helps residents adjust to living in a less restrictive environment and gives them the ability to eventually live with a foster family or on their own. The Girls Treatment Program gives CPS the only licensed residential placement option in Dallas County for young ladies between the ages of 10-17.


Heroes for Children

Richardson, TX

Heroes for Children is requesting funding for their Financial and Social Assistance Program. This ongoing project will serve 700 families with children ages 0-22 battling cancer. Heroes for Children provides financial and social assistance to families, within the state of Texas, battling cancer. Funding would go towards financial assistance to families to help with mortgage/rent, utilities, phone, gas, car payments and travel expenses to and from hospitals.


North Texas Food Bank


North Texas Food Bank is requesting funding for the Food 4 Kids program, which serves 10,000 elementary school children per year for 40 weeks of the school year. Food 4 Kids give children backpacks filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, self-serve snack foods for themselves and younger siblings every Friday afternoon for the duration of the school year (or until the service is no longer needed).


Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund

Brattleboro, VT

The Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund provides the stepping-stones for young people to chase and achieve their dreams. The aim is to provide aid through financial assistance, encouragement and guidance. The Fund is a living legacy to the attributes Jill exhibited daily with the way she lived her life. Her zest for living, drive to achieve her aspirations and enthusiasm were contagious to everyone she met. Jill forever changed the lives of everyone around her.

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