National History

Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers by the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. In 1964, as more groups became active, bylaws were drawn up and incorporated under the laws of Delaware. The organization was a nonprofit family organization by mothers of children between the ages of 2 and 19 holding membership. Jack & Jill celebrated its 75th Anniversary in Philadelphia January 2013. In addition, chapters throughout the nation participated in a National art project and other acts of service to commemorate this historic milestone. The organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly African-American children.


The objectives of this non-profit organization are:

  • To create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate growth and development
  • To provide for children a constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social program

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