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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Dallas, Texas

Investing in Community

With Lyda Hill’s long-standing family history in both North Texas and Colorado Springs, she continues to make strategic philanthropic investments in projects that will transform these communities. She also continues to support and sponsor events and campaigns that are critical to these communities. This focus area includes:

  • Key Community Based Projects

    Funding for campaigns and organizations that are integral to the fabric of the community.

  • Sponsorships

    Funding for events and programs.

  • Legacy Projects

    Funding for organizations that Miss Hill has long supported.

  • “Do your givin’ while you’re livin’… then you’ll be knowin’ where it’s goin’.”

  • “The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities
    – a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.”

  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

  • “The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”

  • “The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”

  • “Philanthropy is the practice of applying assets of knowledge, passion and wealth to bring about constructive change.”

  • “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

  • “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.”

  • “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

  • “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

  • “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

  • “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Program Highlights in Community

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs. At an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level, it is the highest zoo in America. A leader in conservation, captive breeding and animal care, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.


    Project Highlight: Making Waves Campaign

    The Making Waves campaign was part of a revitalization process to replace the 62-year-old building that housed hippos and penguins, as well as expand facilities for guest services, education programs and ADA-accessible amenities. Lyda Hill Philanthropies has supported Making Waves as well as other construction projects that advance the zoo’s strategic goal and ultimately enrich the whole community

    Other Projects Include:

    • Australia Improvement Project

  • Hockaday

    The Hockaday School is an independent, Dallas-based college preparatory day and boarding school for girls.


    Project Highlight: Centennial Center

    With Lyda Hill’s gift of $20 million, The Hockaday School is positioned to become a national leader in secondary school STEAM education. The Centennial Center project involved a total renovation of the existing two-story science building, the addition of a third floor of teaching spaces and the creation of the Lyda Hill STEAM Institute. A portion of the money was also allocated toward faculty and program support.


  • Lever for Change

    In early 2020, in partnership with Lever for Change, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Bridgespan Group, Lyda Hill Philanthropies is planning to launch a philanthropic competition focused on the state of Texas. Check back for more information in late 2019.


  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    A top-10 public institution in the West, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) serves approximately 12,500 students and is closely connected to the community.


    Project Highlight: UCCS Veterans Initiative

    The UCCS Veterans Initiative provides a unique opportunity to provide a wellness-based approach to trauma care for veterans. Using a team approach, the program provides holistic care for veterans dealing with physical and psychological challenges. The Veteran Health and Trauma Clinic is anticipated to become a leader in technology-assisted treatments for trauma. The university’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D., with a curricular emphasis in trauma psychology, is the only Ph.D. program in the U.S. with a particular focus on veteran health and trauma.


    Other Projects Include:

    • UCCS Public Safety Initiative
    • UCCS Teach Program


  • Visiting Nurse Association of Texas

    The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas helps people live with dignity and independence at home. VNA provides the highest quality care across North Texas, especially for those with no place to turn and no means to pay.


    Project Highlight: Strengthening Impact with Technology

    In 2016, Lyda Hill Philanthropies provided funds specifically to develop technology solutions to bring the program operations into the digital age through a new web- and app-based platform. The technology will provide volunteers and staff with tools to better manage schedules and meal routes and ultimately help VNA gather critical client health information during wellness checks. Toyota Motor America is working alongside VNA to optimize this initiative. The technology is expected to launch in 2018 and offer scalability for other VNA Meals on Wheels organizations nationwide.


    Other Projects Include:

    • Meals on Wheels Drive Away Hunger Campaign

Other Community Grantees

This is a list of representative beneficiaries and should not be considered all inclusive.

  • Care and Share Food Bank, Colorado Springs

  • City of Colorado Springs Park and Recreation

  • Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

  • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

  • Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance

  • Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Easter Seals Colorado

  • Everytown for Gun Safety

  • George W. Bush Foundation

  • Junior League of Dallas

  • KERA

  • Save the Children

  • St. Mark’s School of Texas

  • Texas 2036

  • The Conservancy/Oak Lawn Park and Arlington Hall

  • Turtle Creek Association

  • U.S. Library of Congress

  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

  • Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation/Klyde Warren Park