After almost 25 years as president and CEO, I will be retiring from The Meadows Foundation on December 31, 2019. While there is never the perfect time to make this decision, I feel it is the right time.
I have served as a trustee and director of the foundation my great-uncle and aunt, Algur H. and Virginia Meadows, created since 1976. I have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to extend the vision they set to benefit and serve the people of Texas.
Since 1948, the Foundation has committed $1.2 billion in charitable grants and operating programs, touching all 254 counties in Texas. Of that, $873 million has been awarded during the past 25 years.
Our board has undertaken significant major initiatives in public education, mental health and the environment. I am particularly proud that we established such acclaimed institutions as The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University in San Marcos, and The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin.
In addition, we have helped the Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum reach national and international recognition, supported the no-kill movement among animal welfare groups in Dallas and other cities, provided legal representation to undocumented families and children fleeing violence in their home countries, and helped communities rebuild after natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, wildfires and tornadoes.
I intend to remain a trustee of the Foundation and will continue contributing to its work, including the transition to my successor when he or she is named from among a pool of highly qualified Meadows family members.
I will continue to place a high priority on building on the historic successes The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute achieved on behalf of mental health services during the last legislative session and look forward to the 86th Texas Legislature beginning January 8, 2019, to enhance those critical mental health programs and funding.
In addition, I am committed to finding ways for philanthropy to address the twin issues of decreasing levels of civic engagement and the rising levels of civil discord present in society today.
It has been the privilege of my life to work at The Meadows Foundation and with three generations of Meadows family board members. I am also truly grateful to have met and worked with so many compassionate and generous people across the state who are dedicated to making life a little better each day.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of this wonderful ride. I am looking forward to the next 18 months and beyond.
All my best,
Linda Perryman Evans
President & CEO
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