Jack and Jill of America Foundation

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to communities all across America.


In so doing, the Foundation is fulfilling its shared vision with Jack and Jill of America, Inc., to invest in the future of our children. The Foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth. The ultimate goal of every Foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to make the right life choices.


Programs funded by the Foundation are improving academic test scores, raising literacy and mathematical competencies, encouraging cultural consciousness, and instilling moral and social responsibility in America’s youth.


The Foundation’s activities match the stated philanthropic interests of the Jack and Jill of America membership. To that end, the Foundation’s giving is directed to chapters, organizations and communities that are helping our children reach their fullest potential.

To learn more about our foundation, please visit www.jackandjillfoundation.org.


Jack and Jill of America Foundation
1930 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.232.5290 
Fax: 202.232.1747



Partners and Affiliates



Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a proud partner of the following organizations who play a critical role in helping us to realize our missions of community service and preparing children to be successful leaders. To find out ways that your organization can partner with Jack and Jill, please call us at (202) 667-7010 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 667-7010 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.


American Heart Association
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is proud to join forces with the American Heart Association’s Power To End Stroke movement to raise awareness of stroke risk factors and warning signs among the African American community.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.heart.org.


Association of Black Cardiologists
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is proud to collaborate with the Association of Black Cardiologists in their Spirit of the Heart Community Initiative. The programs are developed to help the general population understand that heart disease is preventable, and heart healthy practices are important for longevity.

Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community (Community Health Advocates), corporate members, and institutional members. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. Today, the ABC’s public and private partnerships continue to increase our impact in communities across the nation.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.abcardio.org.


Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. They champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.childrensdefensefund.org.


ESSENCE is Where Black Women Come First for news, entertainment and motivation. ESSENCE occupies a special place in the hearts of millions of Black women-its not just a magazine but her most trusted confidante, a brand that has revolutionized the magazine industry and has become a cultural institution in the African-American community. Founded in 1968, Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) launched ESSENCE, the ground-breaking magazine created exclusively for African-American women in 1970. For 42 years, the company has flourished and expanded beyond the pages of its flagship magazine to generate brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit, Window on Our Women (WOW I, II & III) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD) via Essence Studios.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.essence.com/.


Habitat for Humanity
Through our Rebuild America initiative, Jack and Jill of America is committed to raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing — striving to dismantle and alter the systems that reinforce and entrench poverty housing. In doing so, we can make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all. Jack and Jill of America members have donated to the Windy City Habitat for Humanity, and have dedicated resources and labor to rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and Philadelphia.

Habitat For Humanity International is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing. The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is to “seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.habitat.org.


INROADS, Inc. is an international, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS prepares students through mentorship, specialized career training, and internship opportunities. Over the past 43 years, INROADS has produced nearly 27,000 alumni through its core college internship program.

INROADS is committed to increasing the pipeline of diverse talent for corporate leadership. In alignment with INROADS’ strategic plan to reach students earlier and utilize best-practices, INROADS is committed to developing an additional 200 students each year by expanding its current college internship model to begin in the sophomore year of high school. INROADS College Links.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.inroads.org.


Junior Statesmen of America
Through our On the Hill Summit Legislative priorities, we partner with the Junior State of America (JSA). JSA’s mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

In the student-run Junior State and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good. By participating in these activities, each member gains a more intelligent and informed viewpoint. JSA also provides a wonderful chance to meet and make friends with scores of other bright, involved students who have similar interests. It’s an experience that no young person would want to miss.

For more information, please visit their website at http://jsa.org/.


March of Dimes
Almost from our inception, Jack and Jill of America has been involved with efforts to ending polio from fundraising to participating in walks, coordinating auctions, and chapter participation in March of Dimes programming. More recently, our participation in the March for Babies program helps to ensure that all babies get a chance for healthy lives.

After being a catalyst in eradicating polio, the March of Dimes turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. It has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.marchofdimes.com.



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Where to Find Us:

Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of JJOA
P.O. Box 3744
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Email: GGRJJOA@gmail.com

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