Supporting Education Across the United States

The Mark & Carolyn Guidry Foundation has been assisting with fundraising for schools across the country since 1993. Our goal is to promote opportunities for the youth in arts and education for a brighter future.

Where Our Money Goes

K-12

– Hattiesburg High School
– Lafourche Parish Schools
– Los Altos High School
– Bitterwater Tully (Top Festival beneficiary)
– King City High (Top Festival beneficiary)
– Saratoga Education Foundation
– Tahoe Truckee USD
– Saratoga High School Foundation
– Torrance Ed. Foundation
– Riviera School PTA
– Richardson Middle School
– South High School
– Portland Connecticut School District

Higher Education

– Louisiana State University
– University of Washington
– Iowa State University
– San Jose State University
– University of Nevada, Las Vegas Arts
– University of Nevada, Las Vegas Engineering
– Cal Poly San Louis Obispo
– VetMed, University of California Davis
– Chico State University
– University of California, Los Angeles

Arts & Special Interests

– San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum
– Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum
– Bainbridge Isle Children’s Museum
– Las Vegas Children’s Discovery Museum
– Los Altos High School Music Boosters
– Saratoga Music Boosters
– Tulare CTY. Library
– Arboretum Foundation
– MVLA Foundation
– RAFT (Teacher’s resource)
– Woodland Park Zoo
– Las Vegas Natural History Museum
– South Bay Conservatory

We are always looking for new great programs to support!
Fell free to recommend a worthy cause by email; mcgfoundation@gmail.com

About Us

Preoccupied with an LSU electrical engineering design competition, Mark Guidry BSEE 1959 and Carolyn Campbell BSEE 1959 had their sights set on winning, rather than one another, when they first met. But that would change over the course of their senior year at LSU.

“I had created a lie detector, but I was impressed with Carolyn’s transistor amplifier,” recalled Mark Guidry. “She won the competition and went on to compete nationally at Duke University.”

A love story in the making, the Guidry’s married the week after earning their Bachelor’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1959, and spent their honeymoon driving across the country to Seattle, Wash., where they began working at Boeing.

Both Guidry’s achieved great success at Boeing, but education beckoned. Mark earned his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1961 from the University of Washington and PhD from Iowa State University in 1965. He and Carolyn then returned to LSU, where Mark became a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering department while Carolyn devoted her time raising their family.

“When I returned as faculty,” said Mark, “I conducted research in semiconductor technology, laser technology and radio wave propagation…but Carolyn was the talented engineer. After the children were in high school, she went back to get her Master’s in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University and joined Hewlett Packard Company, where she was directly responsible for developing micro-code for computer systems.”

In 1993, after retiring from Hewlett Packard, Carolyn founded the Mark and Carolyn Guidry Foundation to support education and the arts.

“For Carolyn and me, education has always been a driving force in our family and in our foundation’s philanthropic work,” said Mark. “It is important to give a child a good education, and we can help provide that opportunity.”  They supported programs across many areas including Elementary Schools to Grad Students, curriculum enhancement to children’s science museums, expanding the reach of engineering education and many more, with a keen focus on programs that blend art with science to inspire creativity and memorable learning experiences.  After all, they were true Engineers, and the greatest expression of Engineering is creating art from science to enhance people’s lives.

Sadly, Carolyn passed away in 2009 and Mark in 2020. During their lifetimes, their foundation gifted over 10 million dollars benefitting education and arts. So many lives were touched by their passion and generosity.  They are greatly missed.

Their three children, David, Mike and Gayle are now heading their parent’s foundation.  They are looking to the future while maintaining focus on areas most dear to their parents. “We are proud of the impact our parents have made by supporting innovative people at early stages in their work.” says Gayle Dilley, “We will continue to look for opportunities where our small foundation can make the most significant difference.”

The Guidry grandchildren have also joined the foundation with their “Smores Fund”, a pet name they received from Carolyn.  Their early grants have included funding teacher proposals in Portland School District in Connecticut and the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity at UCLA.

The foundation created in the Guidry name continues to raise money through private donations.  As a thank you to our members, the family hosts the bi-annual Avaline Music Festival held on our ranch property in Central Coast, California where Grammie & Cappy loved to spend time with family and friends.