The Jenny Jones Foundation was established in 2005 as a means to provide assistance to those in need. Primary areas of focus are education, women’s health, and improving communities throughout the country.
The first foundation started by Jenny Jones was the Image Foundation. In 1992, Jenny went public with the numerous problems she was having with breast implants. This prompted thousand of women to also come forward, concerned about the health risks of their implants. Jenny established The Image Foundation as a resource for women seeking information about implants and support with body image issues.
In 2000, Jenny donated a mobile mammography motor coach to Cook County Hospital. The coach provides mammograms to underserved women and promotes breast cancer awareness at local health fairs and festivals.
Jenny also funded her own scholarship program for disadvantaged students and continually made private donations to Chicago area schools during the twelve years her show taped in Chicago.
In 1997 Jenny's autobiography, "Jenny Jones: My Story" was published with 100% of her proceeds going to breast cancer research. In 2006, her cookbook, Look Good, Feel Great was published and again, Jenny donated 100% of her profits, this time to breast cancer research at City of Hope.
In 2008, Jenny established "Jenny's Heroes," a program where she offered up to $25,000 each to individuals to spend in their own communities. A hundred people were chosen and they became local heroes by doing something great for their communities. Jenny gave close to two million dollars that was used by these everyday citizens to purchase items like:
~ Six Flags tickets for homeless children
~ Jaws of Life for a rural fire department
~ Wildlife cages
~ Winter coats for children at a shelter
~ Basketball wheelchairs
~ Emergency safety vests
~ Running track at a women’s prison
~ Greenhouse for Eskimo children
~ Ultrasound machine for a free clinic
Jenny’s donations, combined with the Heroes’ efforts, continue to benefit hundreds of thousands of people every day. For more information, including a complete list of items purchased, please visit JennysHeroes.com.
In 2016, Jenny gave back in a big way to her hometown of London, Ontario, Canada. She committed $200,000 and asked for suggestions from local residents on how the money could best be spent to benefit the city. A longtime resident named Shelah Brook suggested a new playground in Springbank Park, which was the very playground where Jenny played as a child.
After almost a year of planning, “Shelah's Place” opened in June of 2016, becoming London’s largest fully accessible playground. The brightly colored playground provides a large variety of fun & games including multiple slides, balancing, and climbing features, many sensory and tactile elements, and rubber safety surfacing. Click here for photos and more information on the new playground.