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Mon, 01.24.1938

Jack & Jill of America is Founded

*Jack and Jill of America was founded on this date in 1938.  It is a nonprofit philanthropic organization.   Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is one of the premier African American family organizations in the United States.

Its founding occurred from a meeting of 20 Black mothers by the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. They primarily serve Black children from the ages of two to nineteen. It grew out of volunteer work during the Great Depression and in 1939 expanded to New York.

During the 1940s and 1950s Jack & Jill raised funds for a variety of charities. In 1964, as more groups became active, bylaws were drawn up and incorporated under the laws of Delaware. The organization was a nonprofit family organization by mothers of children between the ages of 2 and 19 holding membership.  Jack & Jill celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary in January 1988. The organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly African American children. The goals, found primarily in the objectives of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. serve as constant guides.

They currently have national incentives such as the "Million Point Health Plan" and through a collaborative with organizations like the Links and Children's Defense Foundation. Jack & Jill chapters across the nation work to make a difference in the lives of the families and those in the communities they serve.

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