Who we are
The Friends of J.S. Jenks (FOJSJ) is a 501c3, independent fundraising organization consisting of parents, teachers, administrators and community members dedicated to supporting programmatic and infrastructure development at the John Story Jenks Elementary School in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
The mission of our organization is to enhance the educational and enrichment opportunities for students at J.S. Jenks by bringing together the financial and creative resources of educators, parents, students, alumni, and the greater community; ensure long-range financial flexibility for J.S. Jenks, allowing the school to develop innovative programs, student support systems, and infrastructure; and forge new partnerships between the school and the cultural, business, and academic institutions in Chestnut Hill. The Friends of J.S. Jenks aims to reinforce the school’s position as a community institution that contributes to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
Membership in the Friends of J.S. Jenks is open to all with an interest in supporting J.S. Jenks. If you are a parent or a guardian of a child at the J.S. Jenks School, or a teacher, staff or administrator at the school, you are automatically a member of the Friends of J.S. Jenks. Membership is also open to parents considering enrolling at the school in the future. Non-voting membership is extended to interested community members and organizations. There are no membership dues. Members can participate in elections for the incoming board simply by attending the organization’s annual meeting. Our board of directors includes J.S. Jenks Parents, teachers and administrators, as well as civic and business leaders, and other community members interested in enhancing Chestnut Hill’s public school.
Fundraising and Programmatic Goals
The Friends of J.S. Jenks is currently targeting five programmatic initiatives: (1) Investing in the Arts, (2) Enhancing Information Technology, (3) Supporting Healthy Lifestyles, (4) Greening Jenks, (5) Strengthening the Sciences (in line with the school’s new STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] initiative. More information about these initiatives, and our progress, can be found on our website.
Are donations to the FOJSJ tax-deductible?
Yes. The Friends of J.S. Jenks is a federally recognized 501c3 organization, therefore donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.