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The Smalley Foundation Story

smalley foundationWhat began as one man’s dream to honor his daughter has grown into the only non-profit of its kind that teaches safety and awareness for those who live, work and play near the nation’s oil-and-gas sites and pipelines.

Uniquely positioned to be a neutral, unbiased voice, the Foundation empowers people to make safe decisions around oil-and-gas equipment and pipelines.


The Journey

foundation buildingOn Aug. 24, 1996, a liquid butane pipeline explosion took the lives of Danielle Dawn Smalley and her friend, Jason Stone. The Kaufman County tragedy inspired Danielle’s father, Danny, to start the Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation in her honor.

In 2002, the grassroots Foundation dedicated itself to education and training rural volunteer firefighters in pipeline emergency protocol.

The Foundation has since expanded its outreach to more than 40 states to provide safety-and-awareness education to first responders, school systems and the general public.


Industry Collaboration

Government agencies like the Chemical Safety Board now recognize the need for promoting public awareness around oil-and-gas equipment.


One-of-a-Kind Program

The Foundation’s educational outreach is the longest-running and most-comprehensive pipeline safety school program of its kind. Smalley’s curriculum is taught in hundreds of schools, nationwide.


Industry Partnerships

The Foundation works as a partner, not an adversary, with the industries involved in working for safety and education. Smalley is committed to empowering the general public through knowledge and, as a result, increasing safety and awareness.

“Industry believes this is one of the best available public awareness programs in the nation. Members appreciate the unique services the Smalley Foundation provides to schools located near their pipelines.”

Jeff Farrells, president of the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness


About the Foundation

The Smalley Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2002 by Danny Smalley, the father of Danielle Dawn Smalley who was killed in a pipeline explosion in Kaufman County, Texas, in 1996. The Foundation is located in Crandall, Texas, a small community 25 miles outside Dallas.



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P.O. Box 824757, Dallas, TX 75382
1-866-401-2800 (toll-free)
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