The Operation Jack Autism Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity (Federal Tax ID # 27-0479034) created in 2009 in honor of Jack Felsenfeld, who was born in 2003 and is severely autistic.
Its mission is to encourage parents, relatives and friends of those struggling with autism to find a positive outlet by leading an active lifestyle that promotes awareness and raises funds for autism-related charities. Founder Sam Felsenfeld launched fundraising and awareness efforts by running 61 full marathons and two ultra marathons in 2010 and now works on a volunteer basis to develop programs to encourage participation nationwide. 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, including Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Society — The Heartland.
In 2013, the focus will be on continued growth for the Operation Jack Marathon and Satellite Runs and associated satellite events, as well as launching Operation Jack 2.0. In the spring, Talk About Curing Autism received a grant. Additional grants will be awarded after the 4th Annual Operation Jack Marathon.
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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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.