About the Jack Kagan Foundation
Here at the Jack Kagan Foundation, we understand that you have a lot of options when it comes to where you make your charitable contributions. In today’s ever-changing world, it is truly a blessing to have the ability to choose from a variety of organizations and foundations supporting important causes throughout the world. However, it can also be a challenge to sort through overwhelming amounts of information in order to determine exactly where you will lend your financial support.
In order to aid individuals in the complicated processes of vetting organizations, determining credibility, and verifying impact, we take on the responsibility of thoroughly researching and evaluating each organization that we support. We use IRS reports, personal on-site and telecommunication briefings, service recipient reviews, and more to determine an organization’s credibility. We also consider their alignment with the mission of our foundation, as well as evident ability to succeed and improve when choosing our grantees. A few examples of our standards include but are not limited to:
- Judicious finance oversight, as evident in IRS reports of spending ratios between programs, salaries, outreach, and fundraising efforts.
- External organization reviews (e.g. GuideStar, Charity Navigator, etc.).
- Quantitative and qualitative evidence of success in meeting their mission.
"Your contribution resulted in a beautiful and busy sailboat that has brought much joy and pleasure to our special guests with disabilities, wounded warriors, and local children from at-risk communities." -Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB)
The Jack Kagan Foundation was established to continue and expand the philanthropic work that Jack Kagan himself conducted during his lifetime. He focused on helping others in need through organizations that had proven success. Jack’s legacy includes the Foundation that bears his name, and supports organizations that not only meet exceptional standards but also work within one or more of four priority areas: veterans, children, community, and medicine.
The Board members and Trustees of our foundation have an important legacy to uphold. Choosing and empowering worthy non-profits is literally in our blood and we take this responsibility incredibly seriously. For this reason, almost 90% of donation funds received are directly disbursed to our chosen recipients outlined in our website.
We hope that you take the time to learn more about the Jack Kagan Foundation and consider making a contribution so that we can continue supporting these important initiatives.