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Dole Foundation for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, 1983-1998

By Margaret White, Nikki Potter, Sarah D

Collection Overview

Title: Dole Foundation for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, 1983-1998

ID: 01/008

Creator: Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities (1983-1998)

Extent: 85.15 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Many of these records were collected by various individuals; therefore, the arrangement reflects much of its original order. The collection is divided into 9 series with sub-series in 1 and 3-9. Unless otherwise noted, the series are arranged chronologically then alphabetically within the sub-series.

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records depict the activities of the Dole Foundation for Employment of Persons with Disabilities from 1984-1998. They includes correspondence, administrative records, grant files, meeting minutes, tax records, audits, staff profiles, newspaper clippings, photos, objects, fundraising material, and personal papers from Senator Robert J. Dole regarding the foundation. This collection reflects the daily operations of the Dole Foundation implementing its mission of awarding grants designed to enable people with disabilities to participate in the workforce.

Biographical Note

The Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities was a non-profit organization established August 17, 1984 by Kansas Senator Robert J. Dole. This foundation offered companies and individuals with disabilities grants to help the disabled to become active, contributing members of society. Most of the grants funded programs that provided job training, placement, and employment. The Dole Foundation, located in Washington D.C., began awarding grants in 1985 to promote employment opportunities for the disabled through an extensive selection process. In 1998, the foundation ceased operations due to the lack of contributions and the sudden death of its president, Paul Hearne. The remainder of the Foundation funds after its closure were used to fulfill previous grant obligations and to help support two other organizations—American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability Funders Network (DFN). The Foundation was comprised of three major units: 1) The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) —reviewed and scored grant proposals before passing their recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval 2) The Board of Trustees—made the final approval on grant proposals and major decisions regarding foundation operations 3) Foundation Employees-handled the daily operations of the foundation and screened the proposals before recommending them to TAC. Key Personnel: Senator Robert Dole, Chairman Carl H. Rush, President 1984-1986 Jackie A. Strange, President 1987-1989 Paul G. Hearne, President 1989-1998 Jeanne Argoff, Ph.D, Associate Director, Director of Communications and Education Program, Grant Manager 1986-1996, Vice President 1996-1998 Debra Cook, Program Assistant Randy Davis, Program Director Linda Tolson, Secretary Lawrence J. Biddle, Vice President 1988 Mitchell Rose, Development and Public Relations Manager 1989 Cecelia Hildebrand, Program Associate Sandra Crawley Thomas Pyle, Campaign Director

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different kinds of materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archive are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. Senator Dole has not donated his copyright interest in his papers and other historical materials to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Permission to publish must be obtained from him or his designee.

Technical Access Note: Some items in the collection require various technologies for use such as a VCR, 3½-inch, 8-inch, or 5¼-inch floppy disk drive, or a mini-cassette player

Separated Materials: Oversize materials have been removed to Oversize Flats. Duplicate copies or nonessential material have been destroyed. Destruction forms accompany the collection.

Related Materials: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations 1969-1996, Series 1: Administrative Assistants, Box 27, Folders 1-8.

Processing Information:

View a full series list of this collection here (PDF will open in a new window): dole_foundation.pdf

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