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OurfoundationIn 1968, Jack and Jill sought to further emphasize its commitment to community and created a 501c3 entity chartered iin the state of Illinois, the purpose being to support programs that not only create opportunities for youth to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build character. Each year the Jack and Jill of America Foundation financially supports efforts such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and programs for at-risk youths in addition to a National College Scholarship Award administered by the United Negro College Fund.

Chapters of Jack and Jill support the Foundation by giving one-third of their annual fund raising proceeds to the Foundation.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that includes officers from Jack and Jill, Incorporated as well as prominent civic and community leaders. Located in Washington, DC, the Foundation is one of the first Black Foundations chartered in America. For more information, visit our website at www.jackandjillfoundation.org. Private donors, corporations and others who have given to the Foundation are eligible to receive a tax deduction per IRS regulations. Chapters of Jack and Jill support the Foundation by giving one-third of their annual fund raising proceeds to the Foundation.

Since builiding tomorrow's leaders is at the core of the Foundation's principles, we have developed a five-point strategy for achieving this goal. The strategy, along with the community service agenda, sets the framework upon which the Foundation's grant criteria is predicated.

Foundation programs must embrace at least one of the following five points:

1. Seek to foster the building of character within children


2. Aim to instill cultural consciousness and intellectual, moral, practice and emotional responsibility in children


3. Cultivate and promote projects that provide children with the opportunities and challenges to learn about leadership


4. Target Foundation resources toward grant proposals that emphasize listening, learning, thinking and problem-solving


5. Design, implement and support programs that provide leadership trianing for children

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