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There are 15 colleges participating in the JJ College GAP Fund.
Over 500 HBCU students have been helped.

  • Bennett College
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Shaw University
  • Coppin State University
  • Jackson State University
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Dillard University
  • Grambling State University
  • Langston University
  • Xavier University
  • Philander Smith College
  • Prairie View
  • A&M University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Southern University

“The recipients of the JJ College GAP Fund are so deserving of this assistance. They are bright talented students that are at the brink of graduation with a small unmet financial need.  We don’t just offer this financial relief as an incentive – rather, it’s more of a necessity, providing students with this financial support necessary to cross the finish line.” – Pier Blake,  Executive Director

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


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2020: Jack and Jill of America Foundation elected new Board Leadership at its 53rd Annual Meeting on June 20, 2020. These Trustees will continue supporting the Foundation’s vital work with resources and expertise. The Foundation Board works in partnership with the Executive Director…


The past several months have been painful. Grieving the loss of another Black man at the hands of hatred provoked immediate feelings of anguish and anger. It’s not enough that we can’t jog, and we can’t sleep, but now again, we can’t breathe. As an organization rooted in uplifting African American communities and transforming the lives of families and children…

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