In 1992, our members had the vision to create one of the first ever Junior League Foundations, to guarantee sustaining our mission long term. Thanks to their wisdom, the Foundation now provides about 25% of the League’s annual operating budget every year. The greatest needs in our community will change, but our commitment to developing women into trained volunteers ready to address the greatest needs will never change.
In the 2015-2016 year, the Foundation funded a distribution to the JLD in the amount of $279,500, the largest distribution to date. This distribution is given through the JLD Foundation Board to be expended as the JLD Board determines.
The JLD and JLD Foundation continue to work together on a combined strategic model to streamline our fundraising efforts in order to be more efficient. To that end, members are encouraged to make gifts, no matter what size, to the JLD and/or the JLD Foundation. Our goal is to create a “culture of philanthropy” where members give what they can, when they can, in a way that honors an individual member’s personal giving goals.