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About the JJ College GAP Fund:

Every year, college students are unable to graduate because of small unpaid bills, ultimately dropping from their courses and leaving school without a degree. Some go home to a minimum wage job (if a job at all) to now paying off student loan debt. The JJ College GAP Fund isn’t new, however it is a new collaboration with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America Foundation to intervene and provide a lifeline for students during this critical time of expected graduation. Students do not need to write another essay or look for another UNFORGIVEN loan. They will just need to show up to class, and the remaining bill is “PAID IN FULL”. The goal is to establish a collaborative $2 Million Dollar Scholarship Endowment over a 10-year period (Foundation will raise and/or match $100,000 annually) for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This restricted endowment meets the charitable goals of the Foundation to make a lasting impact in the lives of deserving students at HBCUs. Jack and Jill Foundation is recognized as a public charity under IRS 501(c)(3) requirements for a charitable organization and all contributions are eligible to receive a tax-deduction in accordance with IRS Code section 170.


Our vision is to transform African American communities, one child at a time.


Our mission is to address issues affecting African American children and families, by investing in programs and services that create a strong foundation for children to thrive long-term.


We invest in services, programs and organizations that focus on impacting the underlying issues affecting African American children and families.

Our Philanthropic Focus Areas

African American Families | Education | Health & Wellness

There’s a real need in African American communities for a concentrated focus on root cause issues affecting long-term outcomes for African American children.

We are committed to supporting services, programs and organizations that address underlying causes of social problems affecting African American communities, families and ultimately children.

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Here are some of the statistics that caused us to act with a sense of urgency:



24 Million children live in single-parent households
14 Million children live in poverty

Statistics are for African American children
Source: Kids Count



4.2 Million children (3-4 yrs.) not in school
65% of Eighth-graders not proficient in math

Statistics are for African American students
U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection



3.2 Million children without health insurance
1.1 Million teens abuse alcohol or drugs

Statistics are for African American students
Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics


A youth development organization that is dedicated to serving Transition Age Youth, ages 16-25. Our primary mission is to provide a caring and multi-cultural approach to services that will help young adults become self-sufficient and lead prosperous lives. The Inglewood Chapter built a Reading Corner to provide a safe reading space to increase the literacy and reading proficiency of children and families that utilize services from our partner organization, Sanctuary of Hope such as Sanctuary’s iParent Program. The iParent program provides supportive services to families experiencing homelessness who desire to build resiliency and prepare for their educational success.
Sanctuary of Hope
Los Angeles, CA
Baltimore Youth Alliance
Baltimore Youth Alliance was established in 1994 to improve the academic and professional performance of disadvantaged African American students in Baltimore City and surrounding counties. Mission: is to motivate African American students to provide academic testing strategies for college readiness. The driving force behind this organization was the recognition that there was approx. 80% of African American students in Baltimore City who will graduate high school and won’t be eligible to enter a four-year college or university.
Baltimore Youth Alliance
Baltimore, MD
Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link, Inc. (SEM Link) features student achievement and career exploration in math and science. Mission: is to promote student achievement and career exploration in math and science while increasing student exposure to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communities. Our two core programs, Experimental Design Program and Math and Science Career Academy, enhance the STEM educational experience for K-12 students by providing them with opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities, explore STEM careers and learn about real-world applications of STEM.
Atlanta, GA
Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) is a community-based, non-profit, regional health and healthcare improvement collaborative serving Memphis, Shelby County, and the MidSouth region. Mission is to achieve health equity through trusted collaborations, partnerships, and direct services.
54321 Common Table
Memphis, TN

Rebuild America

Last Home built in Georgia in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Flint River to build a home for Jorge & Daniella Perez.  Putting in the work with the Perez family are members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. – Albany, GA; Regional Officers Kornisha Brown and Latrecia Jordan.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation Board Meeting-Charles Noble President

The Foundation welcomes our newest board members:
Dr. Emmanuel Hostin, MD
Karon Harden, Vice President
Kevin White, Teen Foundation Chair
Karen Heyward-West, Non-profit Director
Nichelle Levy, Senior Counsel
Marvis Donalson, Sales Executive
Darlene Whittington, Sr. Clinical Specialist
Dr. Ericka Gentry, MD
Tasha Penny, CEO


2019-2020 Grant Announcements

Washington, DC— Jack and Jill of America Foundation will give *$514,000 in grants to nonprofits throughout the country in our philanthropic focus areas of Health and Wellness, Education and African American Families.

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