Jack and Mabel Maddox moved to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1931, where Jack began a lifelong business career in the utility industry and pursued additional interests in real estate development, gas pipeline operations, and banking. Jack was a civic leader throughout his life, with special interest in youth programs and higher education.
From left to right: Jim Maddox, Don Maddox, Sue Maddox, and Susan Maddox
The JF Maddox Foundation was established in 1963 by Jack and Mabel to serve the residents of southeastern New Mexico. Practicing philanthropy throughout their lifetimes, Jack and Mabel perpetuated their philanthropic activities through the JF Maddox Foundation, the beneficiary of their estates.
Education was a high priority for Jack and Mabel. One of the first programs developed by the Foundation was a student loan program. It was replaced with a competitive scholarship program that was initiated in 1996 (Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program). This program awards five scholarships annually to Lea County high school students.
Donovan Maddox, Jack’s brother, served as personal representative of their estates and led the Foundation as its President from 1978 to 1990. Then, Donovan’s sons, Don and Jim Maddox led the Foundation as alternating board presidents until 2017
Don and Jim Maddox helped to shape many of the grant-making strategies that the Foundation has come to employ today. Together with another board member, Harry Lynch, the three directors used their investment prowess to grow the JF Maddox Foundation to one of the largest private foundations in the state of New Mexico.
Sue and Susan Maddox joined the board as advisory directors in 1995. Education and community care were priorities for both Sue and Susan, as were community relationships. The two were pivotal in emphasizing the focus on local relationships as well as catalyzing community efforts.
During its history, the Foundation has made grants to a wide variety of non-profit organizations and governmental entities. Grants have been made to organizations involved in education, social programs, and community development for projects which have generally sought to enhance the lives of those living in Lea County, New Mexico.