Jack and Jill Foundation
Transforming African American Communities
Backed by 232 Jack and Jill of America, Inc. chapters, we are investing and positively impacting African American communities across the United States.
We began almost 50 years ago with a group of women, who believed in the power of philanthropy and the ability to have a voice in how contributions were spent. Since inception in 1968, we’ve invested millions of dollars in communities all across America.
Today we continue to grow our impact through our vision to transform African American communities, one child at a time.
As the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Jack and Jill Foundation’s 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.
FROM CHARITY TO INVESTMENT
We are changing our narrative from ‘charity’ to ‘investment’. The Foundation has adopted Impact Philanthropy as a framework for giving and will be investing in programs and services that create a strong foundation for children to thrive long-term. Our investments will demonstrate meaningful impact in communities throughout the United States.
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.
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES
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.
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.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
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.