The JFS Board of Directors has established the JFS Innovation Fund to honor the retirement of Marc Jacobs and his impact upon JFS and our community.

Two decades ago, Marc was the sole recipient of the CARLISLE Foundation’s 2000 Creative Entrepreneur Award for demonstrated leadership, creativity, vision and selflessness. As Marc said back then, “This award represents the collective body of my and JFS’s work, and contribution to the community adds special value.”

Encouraging and cultivating new ideas, incubating new approaches, collecting and analyzing data and demonstrating impacts, creating deep and vibrant partnerships, and experimenting with different solutions to accelerate social, academic and health equity are deeply embedded in the JFS culture.

To date, numerous initiatives have emerged, some successful, sustained long-term or brought to larger scale, while others did not work but provided valuable lessons. Marc and JFS have received prestigious social justice leadership awards as a byproduct of taking courageous paths where others stepped back.

Dreaming and imagining, with solid research and design, will be at its forefront. JFS will have “test kitchens” encouraging a next generation of young leadership (both from within and from outside JFS) to bring their own creative and entrepreneurial spark to help build a kinder, stronger community, and they will be encouraged and supported by seasoned mentors.

The JFS Innovation Fund will be a catalyst to ensuring continued experimentation and developing new solutions as needs change in our community and in our society.

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To learn more, please call 508-875-3100 ext. 430 or email

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