Kimberly-Clark is lead supporter of the SMART Girls program, which gives girls of all ages the space, support and tools to navigate adolescence and emerge as strong, healthy young women.
Kimberly-Clark and its Charitable Foundation have supported BGCA since 1977, including its generous 2005 investment to develop Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving) a program that helped build Clubs’ capacity to partner with caregivers in positive youth development, ensuring families have opportunities, networks and assistance to realize their children’s aspirations.
In 2013, The Foundation provided a $1 million dollar grant to update the SMART Girls curriculum to make it more impactful and relatable to Club girls. The SMART Girls curriculum, addresses topics such as:
- Emotional and physical changes related to pre-pubescence and puberty
- The importance of a balanced diet and exercise
- How social media influences attitudes toward girls and women
- Relationship management and responsibilities (romantic, platonic, familial)
- Sexual health including pregnancy and STD prevention
With funding provided by Kimberly-Clark in 2017, BGCA will facilitate a two-year, evaluation to better understand the specific outcomes of the SMART Girls program on the lives of girls who participate. In addition, selected Clubs will receive SMART Girls Resources, Funding for community service projects and Staff Training and Development.
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About Kimberly-Clark Foundation
Established in 1952, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation carries out our mission of charitable giving, which is based on our promise to be a good employer, a good neighbor and to support causes that provide essentials for a better life. The Kimberly-Clark Foundation focuses our social responsibility efforts on access to sanitation, empowering women, and the health & happiness of mom & baby.
The Kimberly-Clark Foundation, together with funding from the corporation and our employees, responds to causes and programs with financial contributions, Kimberly-Clark product donations and volunteer time.
In 2016, Kimberly-Clark and our employees contributed $32 million in cash and product donations for charitable causes worldwide. As part of that amount, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation matched $1.2 million in employee giving and awarded about $363,500 in grants to charities where our employees or their spouses volunteered more than 38,390 hours of their time.