John T. Jackson

"I am compelled to observe that I am unaware of any individual who crammed so much life into twenty-two short years…He was, in a single word, legendary."
– Paul E. Donnelly

About the John T. Jackson Foundation

John T. JacksonJohn T. Jackson was born on January 12, 1981, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from the Pembroke Hill School in 1999. He was an avid athlete and outdoorsman who was incredibly outgoing and had an amazing zest for life. His infectious personality and outgoing nature continually brought together many different people from all walks of life. John attended Georgetown University and graduated with a business degree from the McDonough School of Business in 2003. He was very interested in travel and world exploration, from an ascent of Mount Rainier, to traversing glaciers in Alaska, a semester abroad in New Zealand and extensive travel in the Far East. After graduating from Georgetown, John accepted a position with Draper and Kramer, a property and financial services company; shortly thereafter, John moved to Chicago to begin his career. Suddenly and tragically, John passed away on June 29th, 2003 when a series of porches collapsed in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, claiming 13 lives in total. John loved life and everyone who was close to him; and he was loved by his family and friends in a way that others openly admired.


To celebrate and memorialize John’s life and unfulfilled dreams, in 2003 his family and closest friends started a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the John T. Jackson Foundation, in his honor. The John T. Jackson Foundation keeps John’s legacy and spirit alive through charitable contributions to worthy endeavors in academia, athletics, leadership, artistry and social service.


We are involved in a variety of initiatives to raise awareness about John and fund organizations that channel John’s spirit. We ensure his legacy endures by contributing to the causes in which he believed in so dearly and advance the lives of others.