The Operation Jack Autism Foundation was created in 2009 in honor of Jack Felsenfeld, who was born in 2003 and is severely autistic.
It is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity (Federal Tax ID # 27-0479034) originally created to manage Sam Felsenfeld’s 61-marathon endeavor in 2010. Its mission is to raise money and awareness for small charities in need, primarily autism-related. The main beneficiary of the Operation Jack Autism Foundation is Train 4 Autism. The Operation Jack Autism Foundation and Train 4 Autism are both run on a volunteer basis by parents of children with autism.
Through 2012, the Operation Jack Autism Foundation and Operation Jack Marathon have grossed approximately $180,000.
In 2009-10, the primary objective of the foundation was to manage the fundraising and expenses of Sam’s 61 marathons in 2010 and the inaugural Operation Jack Marathon. Gross revenues exceeded $90,000 and expenses (including the marathon) were less than $30,000. Most of the surplus was donated to Train 4 Autism. Other beneficiaries included the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center and the Hearts and Smiles Foundation.
In 2011, the foundation supported various causes through multiple events. The primary event was the 2nd Annual Operation Jack Marathon (with satellite races and runs). The foundation also put on the Richard Leary 6-Hour Challenge. Aside from Train 4 Autism, beneficiaries of the foundation’s efforts in 2011 included ACT Today for Military Families, the Alpine Foundation, the American Institute for Cancer Research and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
Revenues for the year approached $45,000 and expenses were less than $15,000.
In 2012, the 3rd Annual Operation Jack Marathon and Satellite Runs had more than 550 registrants, grossing more than $45,000. The primary beneficiary was Train 4 Autism, but the foundation supported Running For The Wells in San Francisco to benefit World Harvest Mission and made grants to various causes throughout the year.
In 2012, the focus will be on continued growth for the Operation Jack Marathon and Satellite Runs and associated satellite events. There will also be an attempt to stage 2-3 events in various parts of the country earlier in the year to benefit local autism-related charities in those areas as well as Train 4 Autism.
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We’re always looking for great causes to support! If you’re looking for a grant or would like us to put on a fun, low-key race as a benefit, email Sam!