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Jessie Ball duPont Fund


Last profile update: 04/15/2018
Last grant data update: 05/01/2017

At A Glance

Jessie Ball duPont Fund

(formerly Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund)

1 Independent Dr., Ste. 1400

Jacksonville, FL United States 32202-5011

Telephone: (800) 252-3452


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






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

Purpose and Activities

The fund’s three focus areas are: 1) helping eligible organizations to be financially healthy, organizationally sound and strategically responsive to the changing needs of their communities and constituents; 2) helping communities gain access to the essentials of healthy, productive living: financial assets, health care, quality education and job preparation, affordable housing and strong and safe communities; and 3) helping to strengthen the nonprofit sector by supporting research, community education, and infrastructure development and advocacy.