All posts by John Ostdick

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation

The Pickens Foundation has committed to a $9.4 million pledge for the development of a GIS digital geology consortium between the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation and Oklahoma State University, the first consortium of its kind. The consortium is developing digital GIS products through OSU’s geology and geography department, and will make them available […]

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The Ebby House

Every year, about 1,500 young Texans age out of the foster care system. Before they reach 21, many of them face severe outcomes due to lack of family and adult connections. Ebby House is a Dallas-area, solution-based residential program for young women transitioning from foster care to independent living. Juliette Fowler Communities, a 120-year-old not-for-profit […]

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Entrepreneurs For North Texas

Entrepreneurs For North Texas, established in 2000, facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for small and mid-size companies who want to make a beneficial impact on their communities. The Communities Foundation of Texas programs operates as an outsourced community affairs department, providing its Member Companies with the resources to assist them in developing a company culture […]

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Family Place

The Family Place is the Dallas area’s leading family violence service organization, providing proven programs that address emotional, physical and childhood sexual abuse. It provides free, comprehensive services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety. Since 1978, The Family Place has operated under the belief […]

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Fisher House

Fisher House is a unique private-public partnership that meets a humanitarian need for American military personnel beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, the Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort […]

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Foundation Fighting Blindness

Foundation Fighting Blindness drives research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Since its founding in 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has funded innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases that […]

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Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women

More than 400 women business owners have graduated from the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, which supports and educates women in developing and war-torn countries. The Pickens Foundation has supported the nonprofit 501(c)3 since Dr. Terry Neese held the first annual classes in 2007. Through its PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, the Institute […]

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Jonathan’s Place

Jonathan’s Place is a Dallas-based emergency shelter that since 1994 has taken care of the youngest members of its community who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Jonathan’s Place serves these children through two programs — a “home-style” emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children and a Foster & Adoptive Family Program. […]

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MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is a world-recognized center devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention. The Texas Legislature created MD Anderson in 1941 as a component to The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation’s original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National […]

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Project HOPE

The Virginia-based Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (Project Hope) got its start by sending medical volunteers onboard the world’s first peacetime Hospital Ship, the SS HOPE. Today, it remains committed to long-term sustainable health care. The organization’s work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, providing medicines and supplies, strengthening health facilities, and fighting […]

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Scottish Rite Hospital

Boone Pickens advocates cross-pollination of his philanthropic efforts whenever possible. The Oklahoma State University alum, who has contributed heavily to both academic and athletic programs at the institution, is also a long-time supporter of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, whose mission is to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching […]

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Texas Special Olympics

Special Olympics Texas provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The events gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and […]

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The Senior Source

The Senior Source is recognized throughout Texas and the Southwest for improving the quality of life and promoting the independence of older adults. The organization is one of the few nonprofits addressing a full spectrum of needs of older adults, from the most active senior to the very frail, incapacitated elderly. Through eight distinct programs, […]

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UCLA Operation Mend

UCLA Operation Mend is a nonprofit organization that helps military personnel in need of reconstructive and plastic surgery. Operation Mend, established in 2007, is a pioneering program that combines the best of the military’s resources with the skills of UCLA Health System for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to healing United States military personnel wounded […]

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USO Dallas/Fort Worth

USO Dallas/Fort Worth is a non-profit organization that serves personnel in all branches of the military — active duty, National Guard, reserve, retirees, and authorized family members. While USO/DFW supports traveling veterans throughout the year, volunteers ramp up their efforts at D/FW International Airport during during the holidays. For example, its EXODUS program welcomed more […]

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Veterans’ National Education Program

The mission of the Pennsylvania-based Veterans’ National Education Program is to help students become engaged, thoughtful citizens by expanding their knowledge base, developing vital critical thinking and decision-making skills, and enhancing their understanding of America’s most cherished values. Formerly a part of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, VNEP, the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity focuses entirely on educational […]

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Wilmer Eye Institute

The Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been long recognized for its flexible approach for delivering state-of-the-art ophthalmic care. The Pickens Foundation in October announced plans to give $20 million to The Johns Hopkins University to support daring but potentially vision-saving research at the university’s Wilmer Eye Institute. Pickens has […]

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