Our Charities


Jack Kagan valued being a contributing member of his local community. Supporting locally-based efforts and organizations was at the core of his personal mission. He spent time researching and meeting with nonprofit leaders from his community, and choosing the most appropriate and deserving charities to lend his support. In honor of this legacy, the Jack Kagan Foundation seeks out deserving charitable organizations who focus on provided services to regional and local communities throughout the United States. Jack himself lived in Florida, Maryland, and Boston, and the Foundation Trustees have expanded to the southwest as well. The Foundation does not exempt any deserving regional or community from our support. In Florida, we support organizations that advance Florida arts and culture, and enhance the quality of life in these local communities. In New Mexico, we also aid charities that hel to preserve and promote Native American history and artwork, service and therapeutic animals, and the exciting sport of Dressage.

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"Thank you again for your support, allowing us to bring Native arts to the world, provide artist fellowships, and mentoring to youth. Your timing was perfect, and inspired us to make the leap to a virtual platform for our Indian market this year. You made a difference!" -SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market

Assistance Dogs of the West (ADW)

Since 1995, ADW has placed more than 300 service dogs with client recipients who require individual and family support for mobility impairments, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, seizure disorders, diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders.

Assistance training is among the most demanding fields of dog training. To serve clients with disabilities, dogs must be skilled in a variety of behaviors. They must be able to perform simple and complex tasks in virtually any environment. Their very high level of proficiency must include the ability to respond promptly and accurately to verbal cues alone or to physical cues alone. Raised from puppies, the dogs are invited to display their individual talents and to thereby choose their own working path. ADW believes in permitting the dogs to select their human partners and thus, to choose their life’s work.

Winter Garden Art Association

Located in Winter Garden, Florida, the mission of the Winter Garden Art Association is to encourage individual creativity and artistic expression, to promote community involvement and cooperation, and to advance the appreciation, education, and availability of Visual and Cultural arts. Their objective is to expand public access to art by maintaining a facility and programs that nurture the individual and foster growth in the arts. The facility provides space to educate, explore, experience, and celebrate the many aspects of visual art and culture.

Central Florida Dreamplex

Their mission is to provide opportunity and inclusion for sport, recreation, therapy and employment for all persons regardless of ability.  Their facility is a center designed specifically for individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Their programs include traditional and recreational therapies, adaptive sports, and group fitness classes for the whole family. Their members, patients, and visitors include those with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, amputees, visual impairments, and other learning and intellectual disabilities.

Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) aka the Santa Fe Indian Market

For the past 98 years, Santa Fe Indian Market has brought together the most gifted Native American artists from the U.S. with millions of visitors and collectors from around the world. The extended weekend of beauty and celebration ranks as the world’s largest and most highly acclaimed Native American arts show, and as New Mexico’s largest attended annual weekend event. SWAIA’s mission is to bring Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships.

As a primary vehicle for showcasing Native American arts, Indian Market also serves as a principal means for advancing the careers of many of today’s noted American Indian artists. SWAIA is committed to foster emerging Native American artists, while always honoring those who have come before and paved the way.

Kilcher Homestead Living Museum

Today the Kilcher family continues the legacy of Yule and Ruth by opening the Alaskan cabin as a living museum so visitors can see the old schoolbooks, photographs, utensils, farm implements, and other items that were used during those early days. Tours of the homestead are available and you might meet one or more of the family members too. You’ll hear the real stories of how it came to be while enjoying spectacular Kachemak Bay scenery.

Las Campanas Community Funds

Adaptive Sports Program New Mexico