National History

National Executive Board
 National Executive Board of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 2014-2016  

Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Inc. January 24, 1938 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1946, the National Organization was incorporated
under the laws of the State of Delaware. Since that meeting in 1938, chapters
have been organized across the entire United States and as of July 2012, there are
224 chapters in 36 states and the District of Columbia with 11,500 members.
From the meeting of those twenty mothers in Philadelphia, the idea of bringing
together the children in a social and cultural relationship spread to New York
City, where a similar organization was started in 1939. The third club was
formed in March 1940, in Washington, D.C. Thus, Jack and Jill, which began as a
local group, became an inter-city association.
After four successful years in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington,
enthusiasm and interest in Jack and Jill spread westward, and in 1944 a chapter
was formed in Pittsburgh and in 1952 the first chapters west of the Mississippi
were formed in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX.
In 1966, the organization created its own foundation, The Jack and Jill of America
Foundation, which was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois,
January 1968. The Foundation has been responsible for the origin and funding of
a large number of educational and charitable projects benefiting children and
families in communities across the United States. In 2006, the Foundation
embarked on “Rebuild America”. In partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Jack
and Jill Foundation’s Rebuild America project has built and refurbished three
homes in New Orleans, LA in the South Central Region, Chicago, Illinois in the
Mid-West Region, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Eastern Region.
Through the years, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has made large contributions to
other organizations and projects, namely: the Hungry of Ethiopia through
Africare, The United Negro College Fund, PUSH, The Martin Luther King, Jr.
Center for Social Change, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Mental Health for
Children, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Research for
Rheumatic Fever, Children’s Defense Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs, and March of
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is divided into seven regions for administrative
purposes. Each region has a Director, Treasurer, Secretary, and Foundation
Member-at-Large and is represented on the National Executive Board of Jack and
Jill of America, Inc.