Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is an organization with strong legacies of being a positive influence in the lives of children and families. Since 1938, our mission has promoted and supported the strengthening and development of children. The members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., are committed to developing future leaders with annual programs focused on leadership development, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.
The National Headquarters is located in the Strivers Section Historic District, just north of the Dupont Circle Historic District. The Strivers’ Section Historic District was designated in 1983 and is the newest of the four districts.* It takes its name from the impressive row of Edwardian townhouses built from 1902-1904 along the 1700 block of U Street. Long called Strivers’ Row, this block has been described as “perhaps the most significant symbol of the assertion of black Washingtonians around the turn of the century.” As one black resident of more than 60 years put it, “Strivers’ Row gave everybody a chance to buy into the respectability of Dupont Circle. That block along U Street meant we have arrived.”
Since the 1870s, the area has been associated with black leaders in business, education, government and the arts. The most important of these figures was Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist, writer and diplomat – who, from 1876-76, built three of the Second-Empire-style row houses that still survive at the corner of 17th and U Streets. Aviator Charles Lindbergh resided near this corner during the 1920s. In addition, within three blocks is the oldest Black Catholic Church in the U.S., local fire and police departments.
The four historic districts include Dupont Circle Historic District, Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, Sixteenth Street Historic District, Strivers’ Section Historic District.Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
1930 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 667-7010
Fax: (202) 667-6133
Business Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Eastern
National Headquarters Staff
Audrey Boone Tillman
Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Jack and Jill of America Foundation 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.
Programs funded by the Foundation are improving academic test scores, raising literacy and mathematical competencies, encouraging cultural consciousness and instilling moral and social responsibility in America’s youth.
Our vision is to transform African American communities, one child at a time.
Our 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.
We invest in services, programs and organizations that focus on impacting the underlying issues affecting African American children and families.
Foundation Success Stories
If you are interested in investing with us. learn more about our foundation at https://jackandjillfoundation.org/ and consider making a donation so we may continue investing in the future of our children.
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, is a proud partner of the following organizations which, play a critical role in helping us to realize our missions of community service and preparing children to be successful leaders.
Jack and Jill is honored to partner with the American Red Cross who has for the past 100 years helped millions of children and teens learn how to swim and become lifeguards and water safety instructors. In partnership through our Jack and Jill Chapters, our overall goal is to reduce accidental drownings in African American communities nationwide. We have committed to ensuring all children have access to aquatics training and encourage our Jack and Jill teens to become champions for water safety by becoming lifeguards.
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. It champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.
Almost from our inception, Jack and Jill of America has been involved with efforts to end polio, from fundraising to participating in walks, coordinating auctions and chapter participation in March of Dimes programming. More recently, our participation in the March for Babies program helps to ensure that all babies get a chance for healthy lives.
After being a catalyst in eradicating polio, the March of Dimes turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. It has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.
Founded in 1955, Natural Grocers was built on and continues to operate by its Five Founding Principles which play a key factor in the company’s deep commitment to its customers and the communities it serves. Currently there are 154 Natural Grocers in 20 states. Through the year-long partnership, Natural Grocers will recruit good4u team members from the very talented JJOA network and will offer internships, careers and training opportunities for the JJOA family network around the country.
The SonRise Project is dedicated to helping sons and daughters lead mentally healthy lives while providing a safe space to share and support families dealing with mental illness and addiction issues across the country. We believe that to achieve optimal health, we must commit to creating a safe place for the parents, guardians, and teachers to share, listen, and learn from experts and each other.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Jack and Jill is proud to support St. Jude in a variety of programs dedicated to help end childhood cancer.
When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.
Launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, When We All Vote is changing the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections.
To find out ways that your organization can partner with Jack and Jill, please call us at (202) 667-7010.
On a biennial basis, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., will host its National Convention, generally taking place during the last week of July in even years. The 44th National Convention will be held in Austin, TX in July 2020. Throughout the duration of the convention, vendors will have an opportunity to display and provide items for purchase to over 1,200 attendees comprised of mothers, fathers, teens and children. In general, vending booths are available on a first come, first served basis. Interested vendors will be able to request a vendor application in March 2020. Requests to vend at regional events MUST be coordinated with the conference staff as set forth by the Regional Director of each region. Email contact information can be found under the REGIONS menu on this website.
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Our licensing agreement is required of all vendors using the name of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, and/or its logo on any merchandise. Vendor agreements and guidelines will be sent with notifications of each event. Should you have questions, please contact Headquarters staff at email@example.com or at (202) 667-7010.
By uniting individual members efforts, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has built a strong, cohesive organization that positively impacts the lives of children, families and communities. Jack and Jill success is based on the depth of commitment, vision and confidence of its members.
Membership can be obtained via legacy status or via invitation.
Membership via invitation
Prospective members must be sponsored by a current member in good standing of the chapter in which they are seeking membership.
Legacy status is granted to each child who graduates from a Jack and Jill Chapter and whose mother is a member in good standing at the time of the child’s graduation from the chapter.
Interested in becoming a member or even starting a chapter in your city?