45 Years of Powering Those Who Change the World – #45for45


jaf-is-turning-updated-emailWho We Are

We believe in public service. Not just because it improves communities, but because it changes the lives of those who participate. It offers leadership skills that propel success in school and throughout life. We believe so strongly in the power of public service that we promote it every way we know how.

In 1972, our country was divided by social upheaval, scandal and war. Our founder, Sam Beard, saw there was a profound need to unite our country and strove to bring people together by celebrating outstanding unsung heroes and encouraging public service. After 45 years, our Media Partners and Champions reach 100 million Americans and have honored over 60,000 grassroots unsung heroes. We have trained more than 20,000 young people to become leaders in their own communities.

Our passion for public service has sustained us for 45 years, and it will guide all we do in the years ahead. Please give what you can to help support us in this mission.

Our Mission:

We power others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most.

Our Impact:

For every $1 you donate, our constituents deliver $90 of community benefit.

Our Goal:

Our goal is to raise $45,000 to celebrate grassroots unsung heroes and train young changemakers across the country.

How YOU Make a Difference:

$45: Provides two coaching sessions at a school in the
Leadership Community of your choice.
$450: Powers two low-income youth to become leaders
and change makers.
$4,500: Transforms three young people into social
entrepreneurs, impacting over 100,000 lives.
$45,000: Generates $5.3 million of community benefit
and engages 8,000 young people in meaningful youth-led service.

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