Supporting Military Veterans and Families
The Jonas Project has been awarded a $150,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.
Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to The Jonas Project as part of a broader commitment to support military personnel, veterans, and their families. This funding will help The Jonas Project to serve more Veteran entrepreneurs with mentors, business resources and coaching.
“The Jonas Project is a small non-profit that has an outsized impact for Veteran entrepreneurs,” says John Kelsall, co-founder of The Jonas Project. “While 90 percent of small businesses fail in the first two years, we’ve seen 80 percent of the businesses we work with succeed. This grant from Newman’s Own Foundation will give us resources to launch more Veteran owned businesses, who create jobs and contribute in meaningful ways in their local communities.”
The Jonas Project is dedicated to helping Veteran entrepreneurs launch and grow their own businesses.
“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are pleased to fund The Jonas Project and other organizations in their work to help improve the lives of those who serve.”
Newman’s Own Foundation recently provided grants to 26 nonprofit organizations that assist veterans and their families as part of a $6.7 million commitment to honor those who serve. These organizations provide a wide variety of support, including education, career development, mentoring, guide dogs, adaptive vehicles, and other services. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $495 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.