Maureen Hackett and the Hackett Family Foundation have been selected to receive the highest award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Houston during the chapter’s annual awards luncheon November 15, which is National Philanthropy Day.
Hackett, who serves as a Director on The Menninger Clinic Board, will be honored as the winner of the Maurice Hirsch Award. She is now eligible for a similar award from the national AFP.
Menninger nominated Hackett for her numerous and sizable gifts to The Clinic since 2000 as well as her volunteer service to the organization and other mental health causes locally, regionally and nationally. She is a tireless national philanthropic leader who holds herself and others to the highest standards of public trust.
Her philanthropic achievements have included:
Hackett co-chaired Menninger’s Miracles in Mind capital campaign, helping raise $53 million to build Menninger’s new campus, which opened May 1.
She organized many Houston-based corporations and insurance companies to give Congressional testimony advocating for mental health parity.
As a leader in the Houston Community Foundation, she has encouraged participants in the fund to consolidate their support for mental health programs.
Her passion for fighting stigma surrounding mental illness resulted in encouraging Menninger to form a Young Leaders in Mental Health organization. This spring, she chaired The Clinic’s annual community luncheon highlighting the work of community philanthropists, leading researchers, educators and therapists under the age of 40.
Hackett has also given her time, talents and energy by serving on the boards of the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University and Nantucket College Hospital.