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Jessie Ball duPont Fund

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Purpose and Activities

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity by investing in people, organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont. Across its work, the Fund organizes its resources around these focus areas: 1) Building the Capacity of Eligible Organizations- so that they can accomplish the most with the resources at hand; 2) Building the Assets of People, Families and Communities- helps those communities and people that were important to Mrs. duPont increase access to essentials of healthy, productive living: education and job preparation, housing, health care and vibrant communities; and 3) Promoting Civil Society -works to support a strong independent sector, robust civil society and informed and engaged citizenry .


Trust established in 1976 in FL - Jessie Ball duPont was the widow of financier and industrialist Alfred I. duPont and a successful businesswoman and philanthropist in her own right. She successfully managed the vast duPont empire in Florida and supported hundreds of churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations nationwide with her charitable largesse. At the time of her death in 1970, her estate was considered to be the largest ever filed in the state of Florida. Her will specifically called for the bulk of her estate to be used to perpetuate her philanthropy by creating the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund, now known as the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. As requested in Mrs. duPont's will, the fund limits its giving to those institutions to which the donor contributed personally during the five-year period ending Dec. 31, 1964


Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Independent foundation




40 E. Adams St., Ste. 300 Jacksonville, FL United States 32202-3302

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