Your Dollars at Work
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
-- John F. Kennedy
From his inauguration in 1960 to his untimely death in 1963, President John F. Kennedy inspired his country to make this a better world by serving others.
Since its founding in the year succeeding the President's death, John F. Kennedy University has been guided by President Kennedy’s words and inspiration. Over the past 45 years, the University has extended its reach and its touch with an ambitious plan to make permanent the good work that it provides the community. Concrete examples of how your dollars have enhanced the University's commitment to make its communities better places include:
- Over 75,000 hours of low cost counseling services are provided each year to the communities of Oakland, Pleasant Hill, and Sunnyvale to those who can least afford them. This network of JFK University Counseling Centers is an essential part of Bay Area mental health services.
- Our Elder Law Clinic provides low-income elders in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties with free legal help in combating elder financial abuse, including legal services and public education events. The Clinic operates at the University's main campus in Pleasant Hill. The Clinic currently provides nearly 2,500 hours of direct service to elders each year.
- Our current student population continues to grow in diversity and in the number of working adults who qualify for some form of financial assistance, making scholarship support vital to their continued success.
In broad terms, we seek to secure the financial strength and vitality of JFK University by lessening our dependence on tuition as a revenue source. To those ends, the University encourages regular giving programs to enhance its operating budget, and looks to donors for specific instructions about how to allocate their philanthropic gifts.