About us

The Jones Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization founded in 1988 by Ora G. Jones, Barbara R. Jones, Scott Jones and Anne Jones of Red Wing, Minnesota. The Jones Family Foundation is a donor advised fund of The Saint Paul Foundation.

Our Mission

The Mission of The Jones Family Foundation is to identify, initiate and support endeavors that positively impact the quality of life in the Red Wing area.

Our Fundamental Strategies

  • Our primary areas of focus will be family special needs, life-long learning, youth development and community sustainability.
  • We will serve as a positive catalyst within our community by initiating projects which support our mission. We will challenge our Board members to bring forward their ideas in this regard.
  • We will primarily focus our resources toward program oriented projects with measurable results that positively impact the community.
  • We will endeavor to help non-profit organizations within our geography to build capacity and
  • We will respond to new and existing grant requests in a way that provides needed support but
    does not make the requesting organization or project primarily dependent upon our funding.
  • We will, where possible, attempt to maximize the potential for a project by exploring ways to
    expand or enhance such projects by acting as a convener and by encouraging collaboration among agencies with similar missions.
  • When pursuing transformational projects we will consider partnerships with like-minded funders and agencies to achieve our goals.
  • We will always devote a portion of our annual grantmaking through our Family Special Needs Portfolio to families and individuals that are disadvantaged.
  • We will refrain from making grants for political agendas. Further, we will refrain from
    grantmaking to narrowly focused organizations representing extremist views.
  • We will select quality leadership for our Board of Directors to sustain our mission, providing them with education, a strong sense of financial responsibility to the long term goals of the Foundation, and an atmosphere of creativity and caring.
  • We will encourage current and estate giving from others in support of our mission.
  • We intend that the Jones Family Foundation be a perpetual organization. Its assets and grants should be governed and managed in a way that ensures the sustainability of the Foundation.