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 children.
Each year, the Memphis Chapter invest in local organizations that share our passion, for building community, supporting families and creating a strong foundation for children to thrive long-term. We are committed to high impact philanthropy and service that positively influence children.
Collage Dance Collective works to inspire the growth of ballet by showcasing a repertoire of relevant choreography and world-class dancers representative of our community. Collage believes that participation in the arts enriches communities and is critical to economic and social development. The company works to increase access to outstanding ballet training, increase diversity on professional ballet stages and increase participation by people of color at ballet and other fine arts events.
Vance Avenue Youth Development Center is dedicated to helping underprivileged children in the Vance Avenue community (38126 – the poorest Memphis zip code) and throughout Memphis and the surrounding areas. The center was established to maximize the learning potential of our Memphis youth. There after school and summer enrichment programs emphasize on core academic studies. Vance Avenue Youth Development Center is also focused on the physical and emotional well- being of the children by providing food and clothing as well as promoting essential life skills such as high self-esteem, effective decision making and drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee (SCFT) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. The foundation serves as a community based organization, providing essential educational awareness and social support services to consumers, patients, and families impacted by sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD affects about 100,000 people in the United States, and is most common among people of color, especially African Americans. It’s a genetic disorder that causes the red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen around the body to become firm and sicky, and take on a distinctive sickle shape. In the state of Tennessee, over 4,000 people are living with SCD and with more than eighty percent of the population residing in Shelby County.