The Jenny Jones Foundation was established in 2005 as a means to provide assistance to those who are underserved or forgotten with a focus on the health, safety, and recreation of smaller communities in the U.S. and Canada.
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 thousands 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 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 donated $200,000 for the gift of a new playground to her hometown of London, Ontario, Canada, becoming the city’s largest fully accessible playground. The colorful playground sits in the very spot where Jenny and her sister played as children. In 2017, to commemorate the loss of her sister, Jenny made a $50,000 donation to My Sister’s Place, a London shelter that provides services to all women without judgement.
A believer in second chances, Jenny purchased two new vans for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in Southern California in 2018, as well as providing new kitchen equipment for their housing program.
In the summer of 2018, Jenny contacted the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs to see how she could help the volunteer fire departments in her home province of Ontario, Canada. They welcomed her offer and “Jenny’s Heroes Canada” was formed, offering grants of up to $25,000 to purchase safety equipment for Ontario’s volunteer fire fighters. For more on the progress of these grants, click here.