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Lyda Hill Receives Medal of Philanthropy

Lyda Hill with an orange statue of herself.

Carnegie Corporation of New York


Longtime BrainHealth donor and champion Lyda Hill was selected for the 2022 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. The honor recognizes her philanthropic dedication to furthering science and supporting communities. In 2010, she signed a vow dedicating the entirety of her wealth to charity, and in 2014, Center for BrainHealth presented her with its highest non-science honor, the Legacy Award. The award recognizes the pioneering spirit of individuals whose vision and dedication to brain research enable the center to explore the vast potential of the human mind. Hill's foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, invests in the future by helping empower nonprofit initiatives in science, education and conservation. Like the other 2022 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy honorees, including Dolly Parton, Manu Chandaria, Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, and World Central Kitchen, Hill is committed to creating, lasting real change.


“Lyda, having a warrior’s spirit herself, knew she had to do something … and that she has done,” said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at UT Dallas. “Lyda’s gift ignited the extension of our proven trainings to go well beyond our current Department of Defense-funded research.
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2014 Legacy Award - Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill helped activate the Warrior Training Team, filling a gap in support for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. After her nephew asked for support in addressing the unseen injuries of war, Hill gifted Center for BrainHealth®$2 million to extend programming to serve veterans and their families through mobile delivery units. These stress-inoculating and brain health building programs proved transformative.