Please watch out for companies or individuals online or over the phone offering unsolicited grant information that claim to be from Lyda Hill Philanthropies. Unfortunately, grant scams using the names of foundations without authorization are becoming more common. We have recently become aware of potentially fraudulent activity involving purported grant opportunities from our office or foundation.

If you are unsure whether correspondence claiming to come from Lyda Hill Philanthropies is authentic, please email This helps alerts us to the potentially fraudulent activity and allows us to take steps to investigate or mitigate the activity as we deem appropriate. Please note that we may not be able to respond to every request.

Please note that fraudulent communications can come in the form of email, social media sites, postal mail, fax, and phone calls purporting to be from Lyda Hill or Lyda Hill Philanthropies.  These communications might look sophisticated and could include our logo, photos, links, or other information taken directly from our official web site,

Please be advised that our office and foundation do not:

  • Award unsolicited grants or host internet lotteries or offer prizes of any kind through email, postal mail, telephone, fax, or in person;
  • Request administrative or registration fees for awarding a grant or hosting a conference;
  • Make unsolicited requests for information about bank accounts or other private information;
  • Have memberships or request fees for memberships; or
  • Offer investment opportunities.
  • “Do your givin’ while you’re livin’… then you’ll be knowin’ where it’s goin’.”

  • “The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities
    – a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.”

  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

  • “The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”

  • “The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”

  • “Philanthropy is the practice of applying assets of knowledge, passion and wealth to bring about constructive change.”

  • “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

  • “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.”

  • “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

  • “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

  • “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

  • “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”