The Johnson Family Foundation (JFF) supports the development of healthy, vibrant and just communities where individuals, families, and the next generation of leaders will thrive.
JFF funds programs to improve the health of our environment; promote equality and social progress; and support education and youth.
Since our inception, JFF has awarded more than $50 Million in Grants.
Our Grantmaking Priorities
As part of our commitment to advancing equality and social progress, we envision a world free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, where LGBTQ people are empowered to lead healthy and productive lives. We make investments to promote the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ people across the lifespan, empower LGBTQ youth and build the capacity of the movement for LGBTQ equality.
We envision a Vermont place-based Stewardship and Sustainability program as the most effective approach to finding pathways out of poverty, sharing equitably our limited common resources, and reinvigorating participation in community and democracy. We understand Stewardship as the responsibility to protect the commons for the future benefit and well-being of all people. Sustainability encourages the promotion of vibrant, engaged societies that respect and protect the natural and cultural heritage of their communities.
Our Colorado funding is focused on several nonprofits that enhance educational opportunities, enrich the arts, preserve our environment, and provide support for those most in need. We also make investments in Telluride to help stimulate and diversify the economy through supporting an entrepreneurship ecosystem, to improve access to healthcare, and to expand educational opportunities for youth. We have an ongoing long-term commitment to supporting the most critical nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in the Telluride region.
We envision a world in which all members of society have the opportunity and ability to participate fully in civic life. This portfolio seeks to address the unequal distribution of resources that play a large role in determining the quality of life for individuals and communities, including education that prepares youth for college, career, and economic self-determination; access to government institutions and processes; and nutritious, affordable food.
JFF IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS
Frank Baiocchi | Executive Director
Frank Baiocchi has served as the Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation since June 2018. He is currently on the board of directors for the Movement Advancement Project and Hoenig Artist Fund and on advisory committees for the Rights, Faith and Democracy Collaborative, the Fund for a Safer Future, and the Piper Fund. Previously, Frank led grant-making programs in youth and family services, community-based health, the arts, and organizational development during 13 years at the Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago. He has led many collaborative sector-enhancing initiatives, including the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, the Creative Schools Fund, Point-the-Way, the development of Polk Bros Park, and multiple projects with Chicago Public Schools. Frank served on the boards of Ingenuity (which he co-founded), the ACLU of Illinois, and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education; led the Illinois chapters of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Funders for LGBTQ Issues; and was on grant-making committees for the Mission Sustainability Initiative, Country Financial Bank, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Foundation for Women, and Crown Family Philanthropies. He is the recipient of awards for fostering effective community partnerships from Mutual of America, Chicago Innovation, and The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence and was named a “Champion of Children” by Lawrence Hall Youth Services. Prior to his career in philanthropy, Frank was an artist who performed in the Broadway production of “Miss Saigon” and in theaters across the country. Frank is a graduate of The University of Chicago and New York University and has taught semester-long courses in philanthropy and leadership at DePaul University and Loyola University. He lives in the New York City area with his husband and two daughters.
Dylan Hoos | Program Officer
Dylan Hoos has been working with JFF since 2015. He leads the grantmaking in Colorado and helps guide grants in the LGBTQ issues and Justice portfolios. His grantmaking experience ranges from large-scale national advocacy and policy development to rural community building. Previously, Dylan worked at the Telluride Foundation helping structure and implement new economic development programs in post-resource-extraction communities. In his time with the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, Hoos helped design procedures for the execution of over $40 million in grants focused on early childhood education and creating a level playing field for those living in poverty and adversity. For five summers, he guided outdoor adventure trips in California, Colorado and Puerto Rico. Hoos holds a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia where he also studied architecture. He currently serves on the board of Mountainfilm and the advisory committee of the Fund for a Safer Future. He spends his free time skiing, mountain climbing, and traveling.
Jamison Lerner | Program Associate
Jamison Lerner joined the Johnson Family Foundation in the spring of 2017 as a Vermont Program Associate, guiding grant-making for the Vermont Portfolio. He enjoys seeing small, community-led efforts thrive and brings a variety of experiences in community engagement and event organizing having served as the Poultney Historical Society’s Annual Fundraising Event Coordinator and on the Poultney Earth Fair Planning Committee. In the spring of 2019, Jamie co-founded REclaimED, Inc., a nonprofit community hub and makerspace with the goal to foster creative, educational, and mentoring opportunities in Poultney and the surrounding areas. He currently serves on the board of REclaimED, Inc. and the Poultney Historical Society, and is a member of the Vermont Food Funders Network, which aims to share knowledge of programs and issues in the food sector to create a more strategic philanthropic approach to dealing with Vermont’s food systems. Jamie is from Geneseo, New York and graduated from Green Mountain College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and minors in History and Asian Studies. Jamie lives in Poultney, Vermont with his wife Erica and two dogs - Ferdinand and Emmitt. He loves astronomy and finds no more joy in this world than when he is reading a good Kurt Vonnegut novel under a tree on a hot summer day.
Kathleen Valentine Sturgeon | Consultant
Kathy Sturgeon was instrumental in helping to establish JFF and has supported staff and board since its inception. Kathy continues to guide select family grants.