Martha Kidd passed away on September 3rd, 2005. As the entire community attempted to come to terms with the sudden and incomprehensible loss of our dear friend many also began to contemplate what we could do to honor one who had touched so many. As many members of our community began to reminisce about Martha, and discuss the issues that were important to her, the answer dawned bright and clear. While Martha had many and varied interests there were two that continued to surface in our discussions. First was her belief that higher education should be accessible to all and second was her sense of obligation and responsibility to the revitalization of our urban communities.
As our discussions continued the idea of a foundation in her honor evolved and our excitement grew. We had not only come up with an idea to memorialize our friend, but had found a way to channel our grief. We could create a non-profit organization designed to provide educational scholarships, for deserving students, and also provide grants for community improvement projects and other outreach programs.
It has taken us many months to set up the Foundation which has entailed the gratuitous help and experience of many and we continue to evolve. We are especially thankful for our friends in the legal profession who helped us meet the many state and federal regulations required in setting up a non-profit organization.
Martha was a woman who transcended race, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status to make friends. We intend to operate the Foundation with these same guiding principles.