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.
During the pandemic Jack and Jill Foundation raised over 3 million dollars to support nonprofits in local communities. Providing access to vital educational programs to children from underprivileged communities would not be possible without donations. Among the uses of the money raised are: $10,000 to help kids in southeast DC study archaeology and $600,000 was provided in college grants to help 1,000 students stay in school.
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.
Here are some of the statistics that caused us to act with a sense of urgency:
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES
Statistics are for African American children
Source: Kids Count
Statistics are for African American students
U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection
Statistics are for African American students
Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
There are 22 colleges participating in
the HBCU College GAP Fund
Jack and Jill Foundation has invested in 1,200 students since 2019
“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.
Sanctuary of Hope
Los Angeles, CA
Baltimore Youth Alliance
54321 Common Table
SAVE THE DATE
2022-2023 GRANT PROGRAM
The Foundation grant application portal opens on January 1st. The grant application portal closes on March 15th. No grant applications are accepted after March 15th 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
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