With a heavy heart, I mourn the passing of my dear friend, Jon M. Huntsman Sr. who served with me as a Director on the Beaumont Foundation Board. Jon was the greatest man I ever knew. I don't say that lightly as I have known every president since Lyndon Johnson. I have known senators and governors and congressmen... I was taught that the good deeds that we do in this world, can put jewels in our crown in heaven... Those good deeds don't get us there, but the good things we do can enhance our status in heaven. If that is true, Jon Huntsman won't be able to wear his crown. It will be so encrusted with jewels he will need 100 retainers to carry it for him... What an inspiration he's been to me. I have been privileged to call him my friend. Jon was both a great man and a good man, rarely do the two go hand in hand. I will sorely miss him. This report highlights Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm that hit Beaumont on August 30, 2017. This may be the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. Thousands of families along the Gulf Coast, including hundreds of foster families, lost their homes and were displaced by the storm. Hundreds of children already uprooted from their homes due to incidents of abuse and neglect once again had their lives thrown into turmoil. Some lost everything.
The Beaumont Foundation did not hesitate. In addition to making a substantial contribution to a flood relief fund, we began working with Child Protection Services of Texas. We provided clothing, shoes and necessary accessories for 260 children from Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties. The young storm survivors were treated to a shopping trip on the weekend of October 7th – 8th, 2017, plus a food gift card for each family.
A foster parent shared with me this assistance was a tremendous blessing for her family. Her three foster sons will now be able to return to school with new clothes. While this year’s report remembers the worst of times for Southeast Texas, these children in foster care also recall getting the new clothes and shoes as “one of the best days of their lives.”
While this year’s report focuses on hurricane relief, the Foundation continues to provide grants for underserved in need of medical care, food, children in foster care, families of service members killed in combat and for 24 outstanding Texas teachers. In partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Center, our grant supported hundreds of Native Americans in need of medical care throughout the Inter-mountain West. Our food assistance program supplements Texas food banks, Meals on Wheels programs and soup kitchens. Our foster care grants provide stipends for foster children to shop for new clothing. The Excellence in Education program recognizes and award exemplary teachers with a substantial cash awards.
The mission of the Beaumont Foundation is devoted to providing a better future for those needing and deserving assistance. Since its inception, the Beaumont Foundation distributed almost $158 million in furtherance of our mission. We worked closely with our grantee partners to ensure that every dollar was wisely spent. The Beaumont Foundation continues to meet the highest standards of fiscal responsibility. I am proud of what we accomplished from inception until now. These accomplishments provide the Beaumont Foundation a strong platform as we continue our efforts to make a meaningful impact on the communities we serve.
Our Mission and Our Vision
Through five program areas, the Foundation funds organizations and projects that provide services to under-served and disenfranchised populations with defined needs, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for the people living, working or attending school in the funded communities.
The Beaumont Foundation is committed to a broad continuum of giving across the United States. We continue to seek grantmaking opportunities that enrich the lives and enhance the futures of the less fortunate children and youth, families and the elderly. Through the support we provide, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, advances human welfare, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, and contributes to the well-being of the less-fortunate in our society. The Foundation believes its grantmaking is most effective when focused on relatively few areas of work, combined with sufficient resources to make a measurable difference. Through five program areas – Children and Youth Programs, Education, Health Care, Social Services and Foundation Initiated Grants – the Foundation funds organizations and projects that provide services to underserved and disenfranchised populations with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life.
THE BEAUMONT FOUNDATION GRANTS ONLY TO PRESELECTED ORGANIZATIONS; UNSOLICITED GRANT PROPOSALS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.