Expanding Access & Creating Opportunity

Khrysten Keys at work at the Port St. Joe Star.

Khrysten Keys at work at the Port St. Joe Star.

Across communities, many people struggle to gain access to the essentials of healthy, productive living: quality education and job preparation, affordable housing, health care and strong and safe communities. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund seeks to help those communities and people that were important to Mrs. duPont increase access to these critical resources.

The Fund uses an array of strategies, including: multi-faceted, place-based investments; partnerships between eligible organizations and other community entities; community meetings; advocacy around public policy and policymaker education; and program-related investments.

Some examples:

Youth Employment

In rural and urban communities, the Fund is supporting programs that help young people access summer jobs and prepare themselves for the world of work.

  • In Jacksonville, Florida the Fund nurtured a hospital-based youth employment program for 10 years and now has partnered with United Way to expand the model throughout the community. LEARN MORE »
  • In Port St. Joe, Florida the Fund has partnered with WorkSource to create summer jobs for youth. LEARN MORE »


The Fund has a long history of supporting Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and was a key player in establishing LISC Jacksonville. More recently, the Fund has made program-related investments in Jacksonville and the Northern Neck of Virginia with the intent of increasing the availability of affordable rental housing. LEARN MORE »

Financial Assets

In Jacksonville, Richmond and Wilmington, the Fund has supported campaigns to increase low-wage workers’ use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. In Jacksonville, alone, the Fund worked to launch the RealSense Prosperity Campaign which has returned $35 million to the community since 2003. LEARN MORE »