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We are working hard to ensure that our commitment to high impact philanthropy results in meaningful change that address underlying issues affecting African American children. To increase our impact and improve outcomes, we have narrowed the focus of our investments to three Philanthropic Focus Areas.

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Research shows that in order to promote meaningful impact in the lives of children and families, we must strengthen the family structure, environments and resources in which they live, learn and develop. Jack and Jill Foundation is setting the bar for high impact philanthropy in the African American community by increasing investments and maximizing the impact of our dollars.

We are committed to supporting services, programs and organizations that focus on impacting root causes of social problems affecting African American children and families.

Our investments will improve outcomes for core issues in the following three Philanthropic Focus Areas focused on improving key issues affecting African American children and families.

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As of 2013, 67% of African American children raised in single parent homes, compared to 25% of whites and 42% of Hispanics. And, 36% of African American children (aged 0-17) live in food-insecure households compared with 15% white and 29% Hispanic.
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The 47% national graduation rate for African American males is nearly 28% lower than for white males. Most schools with black majority enrollments do not have libraries, an adequate supply of textbooks and computers, art and music programs and science labs. There are also race gaps in the quality of experience in early education which is the foundation for school success.

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Health disparities between African Americans and other racial and ethnic populations are striking and apparent in life expectancy, death rates, infant mortality, and other measures of health status and risk conditions and behaviors.

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