Billingsley Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Our mission at Billingsley Company is to create life-enhancing communities, not only for our residents, customers and employees, but in our surrounding community as well. We believe that a business's essential reason for being is to improve lives through social responsibility, corporate citizenship and having sustainable and responsible business ideals. At Billingsley Company, these principles guide our business practices as well as our personal lives. We believe our success is not defined by a dollar amount, but by the lives we impact everyday.

The environment

Billingsley supports the National Geographic Young Explorers Society which is comprised of a group of amazing 18-25 year olds who are dedicated to exploration, conservation and scientific research through grant programs and public projects. Since 1888, the program has brought gems like Machu Picchu, undersea wonders and new species to light. The society has given over 10,000 grants and there are currently 3,520 projects including creating a map of Patagonia National Park, researching the impact of climate change on coral reefs, helping save the threatened lion population and restoring freshwater ecosystems like the Colorado River. For more information or to donate, please visit here.

Billingsley Company is passionate about responsible development that utilizes energy-saving and sustainable materials to deliver both immediate and long-term value. Some of our green initiatives include integration of low-water native plants into green spaces, installation of energy-efficient lighting, faucets and HVAC systems, recycling waste from construction sites and LEED certification for our project development managers. Some of our recent proudest accomplishments include the development of the first Gold LEED® pre-certified building in Plano, Tx and earning the 2012 Excellence in Water Conservation Award for a 3,000 unit Multifamily community in The Colony, Texas.

Local causes, education & employee programs

Billingsley employees choose a charity to support each year and this year, our charity of choice is the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Employees have had several donation drives and Billingsley Company matches 100% of what the employees contribute.

We have also been an integral sponsor of several Dallas landmarks like The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Klyde Warren Park.

Employees of Billingsley are eligible to participate in the Billingsley Scholarship Program. The Scholarship program was created to provide a life-enhancing experience for children of Billingsley Company employees by providing funds for higher education, including both college and arts magnate school scholarships.

Employees of Billingsley are also involved in the Entrepreneurs for North Texas which supports various local charitable organizations and facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for small and mid-size companies. Our employees are given the day off to participate in events that help local organizations like the North Texas Food Bank, Captain Hope’s Kids, Vickery Meadows Schools and more.

Our multi-family properties and their employees support the surrounding communities through donating their time and funds to Coppell High School Solar Car Challenge, Coppell Cowboys High School Baseball Team, Friends of Coppell Nature Park, The Coppell Citizen's Police Academy, The Colony Constable Drug Awareness & Prevention Publication, and Tommy Thomas Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament held at The Colony High School.

Health & wellness

Center for Brain Health is committed to understanding, protecting and healing the brain. With help from donors like the Billingsley Company, The Center for Brain Health is making enormous strides in improving brain health, identifying and treating brain injury and disease over a wide range of vital areas, from addiction to Alzheimer’s, and social cognition to stroke. Pioneering more than 60 programs which include research to help return military service members to optimal brain health and function; cutting-edge work in new ways to stave off dementia; innovative research to address the threatened “fourth R” in K–12 education (violence and bullying) with the Teen Reasoning Initiative; vital research into care for traumatic brain injury in children; Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) across all age groups; a comprehensive scientific study dedicated to athletes, addressing the issues of sports-related brain injuries; and much more. To learn more or donate, please visit here.

Corporate citizenship

The World Affairs Council presents around 100 programs annually, primarily focusing on the international aspects of business, politics, culture and foreign policy. With the goal of connecting North Texas with the world, the Council has been educating Metroplex citizens on global affairs since 1951. Today, it serves as a gateway to the world for the region, offering an impressive range of programs and events for the public and its 4,000 members. The Council takes education directly into North Texas schools through its International Education Program. Additionally, it coordinates visits to North Texas of delegations and leaders from around the world through the International Visitor Program and the City of Dallas Office of Protocol. Lucy Billingsley has been nominated for the 2013 H. Neil Mallon award. For the past 30 years, the organization has presented the Mallon Award to someone who has succeeded in promoting the international focus of North Texas. Past recipients include Stanley Marcus, Ray L. Hunt, President George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot, Ross Perot Jr. and Trammell Crow. For more information or to join the Council, please visit here.

Global outreach

Chiapas International was founded in 2003 by Lucy Billingsley. Several of our employees are board members and many others donate their time and money to fundraising efforts throughout the year. Chiapas has raised over $5,708,526 and presented over 242,000 small business loans to women in Chiapas - Mexico’s poorest state. The Latin America Initiative will also benefit Bolivia, Haiti, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Honduras. This initiative has moved 1,210,000 families out of poverty and is currently trying to raise $2,000,000 to help small rural farmers create sustainable food production in Colombia. For more information, visit chiapas-project.org.

Billingsley is also a major supporter of at Women for Women International, where Lucy Billingsley sits on the board. WFW envisions a world where no one is abused, poor, illiterate or marginalized; where members of communities have full and equal participation in the processes that ensure their health, well-being and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their life, their future and strive to achieve their full potential. We are at an interesting moment in our history where on one hand, women continue to be more economically disadvantaged, experience more violence and are more underrepresented in parts of the world – while on the other hand, women control the purse strings, have more purchasing power and are growing businesses at a much faster rate than men in the western world.

Since its creation, Women for Women International has given hope to more than 351,000 women survivors of war and conflict. They have helped them move toward economic self-sufficiency with our year-long program of direct aid, rights education, job skills training, and small business development. They have distributed $108 million in direct aid, microcredit loans, and other program services. They have mobilized more than 300,000 women and men in 185 countries worldwide to reach out and support women survivors of war – one woman at a time. For more information or to donate, please visit here.