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National Headquarters Los Angeles Office Jackie Robinson Foundation Board of Directors OFFICERS DIRECTORS Ira D. Hall, Stamford, CT Rachel Robinson, Founder Della Britton Baeza President & CEO Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. Chairperson Sharon Robinson Vice-Chairperson Major League Baseball Norman Siegel, Esq. Treasurer Martin L. Edelman, Esq. Secretary Paul, Hastings, Janosfsky & Walker LLP Seth G. Abraham, Starship SA Darius Anderson, Platinum Advisors John Blondel, Goldman, Sachs & Co. A. David Brown, Linens ‘N Things Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., Ph.D., CUNY Ronald J. Burton, Montclair, NJ June Jackson Christmas, MD New York, NY William F. Doescher The Doescher Group Steve Forbes, Forbes, Inc. Michelle Gadsden-Williams Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Gregg A. Gonsalves* Goldman, Sachs & Co. Joyce Hergenhan, Fairfield, CT William A. Holland Hilton Hotels Corporation Terrance G. Jackson Circulation Experti, Ltd. Warren G. Jackson Circulation Experti, Ltd. Michael E. Meyer, Esq., DLA Piper US LLP Cheryl Mills, Esq., New York University Joe L. Morgan J.L. Morgan Enterprises, Inc. Charles E. Morrison UniWorld Group, Inc. David S. Nolan, New York, NY Peter O’Malley, Los Angeles, CA Eugene D. Orza MLB Players Association David Robinson, UpCountry International Stephen M. Ross The Related Companies, L.P. Barry Salzberg, Deloitte. John Skipper, Esq.* Consolidated Edison Jeffrey I. Sussman Louis Dreyfus Property Group Mark S. Weiner Financial Innovations, Inc. Terrie M. Williams The Stay Strong Foundation * JRF Alumnus 42 Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues. Jackie (#42) played second base with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 until his retirement in 1956. He helped the Dodgers win six pennants and one World Series. Named Rookie of the Year in 1947 and Most Valuable Player in 1949, he was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962. Jackie’s courage and determination paved the way for African-Americans to truly be on the same playing field and to succeed in the world of professional sports. After his successful career in baseball, Jackie was an outspoken leader on issues of civil and human rights, a successful corporate executive, and a major figure in national politics. Jackie became Vice President of Chock Full ’O Nuts in 1957 and later founded the Freedom National Bank of Harlem. He was deeply concerned with the struggle for civil rights and traveled extensively to raise money for the NAACP. Jackie Robinson lived by the motto “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Tragically, Jackie Robinson died in 1972. He was 53 years old. Since his death, Jackie Robinson has been honored in many ways. In 1996, Congress signed into law a bill authorizing the minting of U.S. coins bearing Jackie’s image. In 1997, 50 years following his historic entry into Major League Baseball, his number 42 was retired in perpetuity throughout baseball–the only player to be so honored. And in 2005 Jackie Robinson became only the fourth athlete in our nation’s history to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Today, Jackie Robinson lives on through the Foundation that bears his name, keeping his legacy alive while continuing his commitment to social justice. Page 1 The Jackie Robinson Foundation Founded in 1973 by Jackie’s wife Rachel Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit national organization whose comprehensive Education and Leadership Development Program (ELDP) awards four-year college scholarships to academically gifted students of color with financial need and provides mentoring and leadership development training. Since its inception: • More than 1,200 students from 43 states and the District of Columbia have received JRF scholarships. • $14.5 million in scholarship aid has been awarded. • JRF Scholars have maintained a 97% graduation rate– more than twice the national average for minority students. • JRF Scholars are selected by regional selections committees based in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Stamford, CT. Page 2 42 Support Network Volunteers are essential to the success of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. More than 600 individuals from across the country assist JRF in its mission to provide scholarships, mentoring and leadership training to JRF Scholars. Event Committees are comprised of fundraisers, marketers and artists. Various career-field specialists lend their expertise in their service to JRF Scholars as mentors. And in tribute to their association’s motto of “Give Back”, JRF Alumni offer their services to the Foundation in all aspects. Board of Directors JRF is governed by a 36-member Board of Directors elected by the board at large. Professional expertise, loyalty to the mission of the Foundation and community leadership are important criteria for nomination to the JRF Board of Directors. Among the responsibilities of the Board of Directors are ensuring that the Foundation has effective leadership, providing financial support and fiduciary oversight, and maintaining the integrity of the Foundation and its Education and Leadership Development Program. Los Angeles Advisory Committee The Los Angeles office of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, JRF’s first regional office outside of New York, opened in October 2004 and formed an Advisory Committee of business, sports, entertainment and civic leaders. The Jackie Robinson Foundation-Los Angeles (JRF-LA) Advisory Committee assists in increasing local and regional support for the Foundation on the west coast by providing consultation to the staff, supporting JRF events, participating with local scholars and alumni, and acting as ambassadors for JRF-LA with the public. Alumni Association The JRF Alumni Association (JRFAA) is a growing national network of 1,000 professional and academic achievers. Organized by former JRF Scholars with its own elected officers, JRFAA provides current JRF Scholars with opportunities for continued involvement with the Jackie Robinson Foundation following graduation. It provides a rich source of role models for JRF Scholars, volunteers that support Foundation activities and expertise in various professional fields. JRF Alumni hold seats on the JRF Board of Directors, Program Committee and on regional Scholarship Selection Committees. Selection Committees Jackie Robinson Scholars are chosen by a national selection committee in New York City and regional committees in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Stamford, CT. The committees, consisting of education, corporate and civic leaders rate applicants based on the following criteria: academic ability, financial need and leadership potential. Members also serve as mentors to Scholars following their selection. Page 3 Name: Katherine Coba Class Year: 2007 School: University of Notre Dame Major: Finance and Political Science Sponsor: Unilever USA “The Jackie Robison Foundation’s investment in my life has allowed me to cross frontiers that would have been nearly impossible to achieve. Through JRF’s constant mentoring, I have been able to pursue my dreams, and the greatest gift that can be given to someone, an education. JRF is not just an environment where you can pursue your aspirations, but it is a network of caring family members that are all working to help you achieve your individual goals in the collective pursuit of success for all.” Source: JRF FY2006 audit which covers the period July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006. Page 4 42 JRF Education and Leadership Development Program The centerpiece of JRF is its unique Education and Leadership Development Program (ELDP). The Foundation recognizes that students need far more than money in order to reach their full potential as leaders and scholars. For that reason, JRF reaches beyond the scope of most scholarship programs to maintain mentoring and support relationships with each scholarship recipient. The key components of the JRF Education and Leadership Development Program are: Scholarship Support JRF awards Scholars four-year scholarships with cash awards of up to $7,200 per year to attend the college or university of their choice. In addition, Scholars are financially sponsored to attend the annual Networking Weekend. Networking Weekend and Regional Seminars Scholars attend regional and national seminars with topics ranging from career development to business technology and social activism. JRF’s vast network of supporters and related field experts host these seminars. Mentors JRF Alumni, selection committee members, corporate sponsors, community leaders and staff are all active mentors in the program. Scholars have access to a variety of individuals to discuss academic and career matters throughout their formative collegiate years and beyond. Internships and Job Opportunities Corporate scholarship sponsors annually provide summer internship placement for all matriculating scholars, as well as job opportunities for graduating seniors and JRF alumni. Resume Network JRF provides access to a wealth of talented alumni through its resume network. Sponsors tap into a pool of talented and diverse minority graduates. Recruitment of new employees through JRF is not limited to the Scholar they sponsor. Extra Innings Program Extra Innings was created to help highly motivated, highly driven JRF Scholars overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. The program seeks to encourage and enable JRF Scholars to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Page 5 Scholar Awards JRF Applicant Family Income JRF’s first corporate sponsor, was instrumental in initiating corporate support of the Foundation’s scholarship program in 1973. Concerned with Scholars’ financial adjustment following undergraduate school, in 1989 Ward established the Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award. The Award, a $10,000 grant, recognizes the Scholar with the highest cumulative grade point average and highlights Jackie Robinson’s commitment to excellence. Ralph E. Ward recipients often continue their education at graduate schools receiving degrees in Economics, English, Systems/Operational Engineering, Medicine, International Relations and Law. The award is presented annually at a luncheon hosted by Mr. Ward and attended by previous Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award Recipients. Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award Unilever’s Legacy of Leadership Award was created to honor a JRF Scholar in their junior year who has taken a commendable leadership role; one which challenges the accepted norms in order to make a positive impact on issue(s), the lives of others, or society at-large. The $10,000 cash award, endorses those who have found, created and/or seized opportunities to act responsibly for a better world, elevated the quality of community life; and fostered compassion and tolerance toward all people; and act responsibly for a better world. This award honors the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar who has exemplified the leadership traits of Jackie Robinson throughout their college career. The Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award is presented annually during the JRF Scholars’ Networking Weekend. Name: Julian Miller Class Year: 2007 School: Harvard University Major: Government Sponsor: The Starr Foundation “I credit the Jackie Robinson Foundation, along with family and friends for my ability to endure and prevail through recent tough times. Their motivation and guidance remind me that a couple of potholes on the road to success do not mean I should stop the journey. I now have the confidence to dream big dreams, and the diligence to bring them to fruition.” In addition to scholarship support, JRF Scholars may qualify for special awards given in recognition of their achievement in community service, leadership and academia. These awards spotlight just a few of the JRF Scholars who live up to the values espoused by Jackie and Rachel Robinson. Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award Jackie Robinson’s motto was “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” This has become the mantra of the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Education and Leadership Development Program. As a part of their involvement in the Foundation, all JRF Scholars must actively participate in community service projects. The JRF/Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award is a $2,500 cash grant which celebrates the JRF Scholar who has done exceptional community service work for a given year. Established by a generous gift from filmmaker and philanthropist Spike Lee, the Award is given to the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar who has developed an innovative and practical method of meeting the needs of an individual, group, or organization. The project must address a social, economic, educational, governmental or legal problem within a community and strive to improve the status of the population served. It is presented each year during the JRF Scholars’ Networking Weekend in New York. Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award Ralph E. Ward, former chairman of Chesebrough-Ponds USA (now Unilever), Page 6 *Data compiled from 3,990 completed JRF online applications, October 2005 - April 2006. Page 7 Distribution of JRF Applicant Pool How To Apply for the JRF Scholarship Name: Rogette Esteve Class Year: 2006 School: University of Pennsylvania Major: Anthropology and Health & Societies Sponsor: Yawkey Foundation “The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship has been one of the most significant awards that I have received. I have put to use all of the networking skills I acquired at JRF Networking Weekends, and have used them to my advantage in securing biomedical internships. Combining the know-how and networking make a powerful combination.” Through its Education and Leadership Development Program (ELDP), The Online Application Process Qualified students should visit www.jackierobinson.org and complete the online application and mail a letter of recommendation, a personal essay and an official transcript (with raised seal) to the Jackie Robinson Foundation by March 31, 2007. Applicants are also asked to register online with SAT www.collegeboard.com and/or ACT www.act.org services so that scores To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements: can be reported directly to the Foundation. JRF’s SAT code is 4248 and its ACT code is 6570. • Be a high school senior, accepted to a four-year accredited college or university. Selection Process Selections are made by regional JRF Selection Committees, comprised of • Be a minority student and a citizen of the United States. JRF alumni and corporate, education, and community leaders from across the • Have demonstrated high academic achievement and financial need. nation. The Committees are based in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, • Show evidence of leadership potential and interest in their communities. Minneapolis, Stamford, CT and a National Committee in New York City. These committees review the applications and interview finalists. All applicants will receive notification via e-mail by June 15, 2007. Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,200 annually for underserved high school students, showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need, to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. *Data compiled from 3,990 completed JRF online applications, October 2005 - April 2006.” Page 8 Page 9 JRF Annual Events Each year, JRF sponsors several events to supplement its fundraising efforts. In addition to the financial support event revenue provides, these gatherings allow sponsors and benefactors an opportunity to interact with JRF Scholars on a one-to-one basis. The Foundation works diligently with corporations and other organizations to create impactful, multi-tiered events. Jackie Robinson Birthday Celebration January 23, 2007 A Jackie Robinson birthday tribute at The ESPN Zone, sponsored by ESPN The Magazine. The event includes a cocktail reception that attracts over 200 individuals, speeches and multimedia presentations. . The Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards Dinner March 5, 2007 The Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner takes place at the world renowned Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. Entertainer extraordinaire Bill Cosby has served as the Master of Ceremonies. The evening provides an opportunity for the Foundation to pay tribute to those who have devoted their lives to improving the circumstances of others by promoting equal opportunity in the spirit of Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson Day at the Ballpark April 15, 2007 Teams from both leagues hosting games will mark the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the Majors and laud his impact on the game and the subsequent reverberations felt throughout society. As part of Major League Baseball’s celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars participate in special pre-game ceremonies and first pitch honors at each ballpark hosting a Jackie Robinson Day. Celebrating Excellence Gala April 2007 This event celebrates those people whose commitment to unyielding excellence resembles that of Jackie Robinson. Held in Los Angeles, sponsors now have the opportunity to reach consumers in the two largest markets in the country, while simultaneously aligning them with the enduring legacy of Jackie Robinson. Types of High Schools JRF Applicants Attend Name: Clifford Simmons Class Year: 2007 School: Morehouse College Major: Mathematics Sponsor: Goldman Sachs & Co. “Being a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar has been an excellent opportunity to connect with a myriad of other scholars; to be exposed to different internships and career opportunities; and to gain insight.” An Afternoon of Jazz Summer 2007 Some of the greatest jazz artists of all time have performed at JRF’s iconic jazz event originally held at the Robinson family home in Stamford and later moved to Norwalk, CT. After a five year hiatus, the region’s premier outdoor jazz concert returns. For more information on these and other Jackie Robinson Foundation events, visit JRF’s website www.jackierobinson.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 10 Page 11 JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER Sixty years ago, Jackie Robinson valiantly dashed Major League Baseball’s color barrier. His heroics began in the confines of Ebbets Field, but his crusade for racial and social equality forever transformed the entire landscape of our nation. The man who honored his sport with the best he could offer also honored his generation with his leadership—urging peers and presidents alike to share his impatience with the status quo. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is poised to memorialize this powerful American hero, who stood for and lived by all the values that we want our young people to appreciate and embrace, with the establishment of The Jackie Robinson Foundation Museum and Education Center. The Center would serve as a means to educate, through year-round outreach efforts and programs, current and future generations of Americans about a man and an era that were pivotal in forming the more inclusive society that we are today. The Center will also house JRF’s new national headquarters to accommodate its rapidly expanding Education and Leadership Development Program. The state-of-the-art Jackie Robinson Foundation Museum and Education Center would require approximately 30,000 square feet of space and include the following elements: • Education Outreach Program • Alumni Hall • History and Legacy Galleries • Auditorium and Multi-Media Center • Research Library • Office space for JRF Headquarters The Jackie Robinson Foundation Museum and Education Center is an extension of JRF’s belief that the legacy of Jackie Robinson is one that all of America owns. A JRF capital campaign will help fuel the dream to create the first stateof-the-art vibrant museum and educational center to memorialize the legacy of Jackie Robinson and promote social progress. The Center will reach hundreds of thousands of visitors each year directly and indirectly, becoming “must see” attraction in New York City and in cyberspace, and add richly to the fabric of American culture. Page 12 Page 13 Sponsorship Opportunities ELDP Sponsorship The development of the leadership potential of JRF Scholars is a key component of the mission of the Foundation. Supporters of Networking Weekend, Regional Workshops, JRF’s Mentoring and Internship Programs help to enhance the Program’s offerings and provide invaluable resources in the development of JRF Scholars. Program Packages • Leadership Development Seminar Sponsor Supports ongoing career and professional development seminars for JRF Scholars. • Communications/Education Sponsor Supports the production of programmatic and communications marketing materials which include the toll-free Scholar hotline, Podcasts, and e-newsletters. Scholarship Sponsor Contributors can support JRF by sponsoring a Scholar for four years. With a commitment of $10,000 a year for four years the donor provides direct financial support of up to $7,200 for a student attending the college of their choice. Donors may request that Scholars hail from a geographic region or have a specified area of study. For more information on supporting JRF’s Education and Leadership Development Program, email JRF at email@example.com. Page 14 Event Sponsorship JRF conducts annual events in support of its Programs. Designed to attract supporters from all facets of society, the broad spectrum of events provide an opportunity for everyone “to have an impact on lives.” Families spend the day together at Jazz; public figures are feted at the Annual Dinner in New York and the entertainment industry shines at the Celebrating Excellence Gala in Los Angeles. JRF events provide wide ranging sponsorship opportunities for prospective sponsors who are able to link their names to a worthy cause. For additional information on supporting JRF events, email JRF at events@ jackierobinson.org. Endowment Fund The Jackie Robinson Foundation is committed to providing educational scholarships and leadership skills development to ensure that motivated, promising young people reach their full potential. In order to continue these success stories, the Board of Directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation established an Endowment Fund in 1986. The Fund’s goal is to provide increased scholarship support and secure a sound base for Foundation operations. Endowed Scholars Fund Through a contribution of $200,000, an Endowed Scholarship is established. Endowed Scholarships are named awards created in perpetuity that are funded from the contribution’s earnings. Endowed Scholars receive a four-year cash award and once they have completed their studies, another student is selected. Page 15 Staff Listing Della Britton Baeza, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer Allison J. Davis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Barbara W. Gothard, Ph.D., Vice President, General Manager, Los Angeles Joyce Freeman, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO La’Tonya Johnson, Director of Operations Bridget R. McCurtis, M.A., Director, Education and Leadership Development Daniel A. McNeal, M.S., Assistant Director of Educational Services Le Ann Peterkin, Development Associate Sandra L. Richards, M.P.A., Director, Corporation and Foundation Relations Michelle Tanksley Rowland, Manager of Event and Public Relations Barbara Sawyer, Operations Coordinator Gary Schueller, Manager of Communications Mireille Stephen, Receptionist Sheila Sykes, Program Associate Damian Travier, Assistant Director of Leadership Development Bernadette T. Weeks, Director, Event Management and Public Relations Nichol T. Whiteman, Director, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Yes, I would like to be a Friend of JRF. Please contact me or my company at the following address. 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