The John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded $1.3 million in grants to 62 nonprofit organizations in the northwest Ohio region including a $25K grant awarded to the 20/20 Jesuit Scholars Program at St. John’s Jesuit. These grants are intended to support the Foundation’s three giving areas of food security, housing stability, and youth education through various activities, including capital projects, program expenses, general operating costs, and new project development.

The recent funding has been awarded to a diverse group of organizations striving to positively impact the lives of individuals and families in the Greater Toledo Area.  The 20/20 Jesuit Scholars Program was selected based on a longstanding commitment created more than twenty years ago to ensure that young men in the most under resourced neighborhoods of northwest Ohio have the educational opportunity available at St. John’s Jesuit.

“We are thrilled to be awarded and recognized as a recipient of a John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation grant,” said SJJ Advancement Director Nick Butler `01.  The support for the 20/20 Jesuit Scholars Program will be used to provide education, guidance, nutrition, and opportunities that likely would not be available to students from underserved communities.  Through the 20/20 Program students are supported throughout their 4 years at SJJ and beyond as they are guided to the path that best fits their potential.”

“This is just one of the outstanding organizations receiving support from the Foundation. All our grantees are doing invaluable work in our community,” said Kate Blake, president of the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation. “We are excited and deeply humbled to support their efforts.”

The Foundation’s funding aims to foster sustainable and meaningful change. Whether it’s providing safe and affordable housing, ensuring access to nutritious food, or enhancing educational opportunities for youth, the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that create lasting benefits for individuals and families in need.

The Foundation’s roots trace back to the entrepreneurial spirit of John Henry Eldred Jr., who, despite a challenging childhood, embodied fairness, adventure, and compassion. His dedication to philanthropy grew from a profound belief that all individuals deserve a chance. Over the years, he built two successful businesses, Midwest Tape | Hoopla and Dreamscape Media, and, in honor of his mother, Dorothy Louise Kyler, founded the Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation to support low-income rural libraries.

In 2023, the Foundation was renamed the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation to honor his legacy and expand its reach to support regional nonprofits.

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About John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation
John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation proudly funds regional nonprofits and libraries dedicated to addressing critical aspects of society, such as food insecurity, housing stability, and youth education. Since our inception in 2012, we’ve had the privilege of making substantial contributions, totaling $3,046,900, to over 85 nonprofit organizations in the Greater Toledo Area and small, rural libraries in low-income communities.

As a young and growing organization, The Foundation aspires to be a beacon of hope, embodying the values of our founder, John Henry Eldred Jr. His legacy of generosity and community service serves as our guiding light. Through strategic investments and unwavering dedication, we remain committed to uplifting families and communities, ensuring a lasting impact in the lives of those we have the privilege to serve.  For more information, please visit jhefoundation.org/.

About St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy
St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy is a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition for young men in grades 6 – 12. Part of the largest international educational network of almost 4,000 schools and 3 million students worldwide, St. John’s Jesuit offers outstanding academics, spiritual development, and exceptional extra-curricular activities.  Established in Toledo in 1965, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy is dedicated to forming students of competence and compassion and men for others.

For more information regarding the 20/20 Jesuit Scholars Program, visit sjjtoledo.org/admissions.