JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA FOUNDATION UPDATE
Our Jack and Jill of America Foundation was founded out of the desire of Jack and Jill mother to govern our impact on the lives of all children. During the 1964 National Convention, the National Service Project Committee was formed to study the needs of a philanthropic arm of the organization. In the 50s and 60s, Jack and Jill mothers made significant contributions to charities, which primarily supported health issues affecting children. However, as significant as the contributions were, none of our officers were afforded representation on the boards of these recipient foundations. Our members had no input into the policy- making of the organizations they supported. Therefore, Jack and Jill of America paused to examine its policies, and the idea of creating its OWN charitable foundation evolved.
In 1968, Jack and Jill became the first among African-American organizations to create a philanthropic arm dedicated to the betterment of children, especially African-American children. The Jack and Jill Foundation is OUR foundation born out of OUR desire to impact the lives of all children. It is part of our mission of “ to seek for all children was we desire for our own “. We determine the impact OUR Foundation has on each of our communities through our grants, service projects and contributions.
Over the years, OUR Foundation has contributed over $5 million dollars to communities. As a result of the economic downturn, communities need us now, more than ever. “To whom much is given much its required”. Let us continue to support our communities by giving our resources, time and talent to works OUR Foundation.
As we celebrate 75 years of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. let us each take a moment to reflect on the outstanding service will have provided to communities across the nation and make a personal commitment to ensure the work OUR Foundation continues to expand.
Gwen Thompson Hewitt
Southeastern Regional Member-at-Large