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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, we will continue to make strategic philanthropic investments in projects that will transform these communities. We also will continue 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

  • The Hockaday School – Centennial Center
    The Hockaday School – Centennial Center

    With Lyda Hill’s gift of $20 million, Hockaday is positioned to become a national leader in secondary school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) 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 will also be allocated toward faculty and program support.

  • Library of Congress – Lyda Hill Texas Collection
    Library of Congress – Lyda Hill Texas Collection

    The most recent literary and pictorial addition to the U.S. Library of Congress, Texas, a book featuring images from the Lyda Hill Texas Collection, taken by world renowned photographer, Carol M. Highsmith. Because of Lyda’s gift to the Library of Congress, this collection of photos is free to use by the general public.

    To access the photos, click the below link:

    LOC Lyda Hill Texas Collection

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Veterans Initiative
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Veterans Initiative

    Lyda Hill’s support of the UCCS Veterans Initiative funds programmatic and operating support for the Veteran Health and Trauma Clinic at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

    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. 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, will be the only Ph.D. program in the U.S. with a particular focus on Veteran Health and Trauma.

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs) – Australia Improvement Project
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs) – Australia Improvement Project

    Lyda Hill’s most recent support of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo benefits the Zoo’s popular Australia exhibit, which features wallabies, Budgie Buddies, and reptiles. The purpose of the Australia Improvement Project is to renovate the exhibit, making significant improvements including the creation of a better and more accessible space for guests, zookeepers, and animals. The project also includes creating an entirely new wallaby exhibit and expansion of the existing Budgie Buddy exhibit.

Other Community Grantees

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

  • Turtle Creek Association

  • McKinney Avenue Transit Authority

  • Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Save the Children

  • Care and Share Food Bank of Colorado

  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs