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Vintner John Jordan often says that it’s not enough to do well as a business; you must also do good in your neighborhood. He believes he has an obligation to play an active role in improving the lives of our most vulnerable fellow citizens.
Founded in 2012, the John Jordan Foundation was created to provide disadvantaged youth and young adults with the tools needed to excel educationally and professionally. Its mission is to support children's success from cradle to career.
The John Jordan Foundation has aided more than 80 educational and vocational programs in California touching more than 10,000 children. John Jordan and Executive Director Lisa Wittke Schaffner share a simple philosophy about the foundation's philanthropy: fill cracks in the education system and support cost-efficient, initiatives.
Initial work has focused on providing grants and stimulating creative collaboration between local schools, non-profits and other like-minded groups. The foundation has funded iPad and Chromebook education pilot programs, a new pediatric wing at Santa Rosa Health Centers, Accelerated English Language instruction programs, Tomorrow's Leaders Today, Forget Me Not Farm for abused children and more. Through its Teachers' Wishes program, which touches 7,500 students each year, the foundation supports classroom projects for local schoolteachers affected by ongoing state and local budget cuts.
In 2014, John Jordan was named Philanthropist of the Year by the United Way of wine country and received a North Bay Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award. After two years of success, the foundation plans to expand its focus beyond local and regional programs.
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