T.D. Jakes Foundation provides skills, education, and training to lift underserved communities and power the modern global economy. We work to dismantle barriers to opportunity. We champion programs that advance equity across all undeserved communities.
Founded by Chairman T.D. Jakes in 2020, the T.D. Jakes Foundation (TDJF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building bridges to opportunity for underserved populations in the United States and around the world. The Foundation operates independently from T.D. Jakes’ companies and is governed by a Board of Directors and IRS guidelines.
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The foundation is committed to creating a world where all people can live up to their full potential by providing access to skills and resources. The foundation’s work is powered through partnerships with private companies, nonprofits, and public organizations.
For decades, Chairman T.D. Jakes has connected diverse communities across socio-economic divides. Through the Foundation, Chairman Jakes is harnessing his global resources and connections to prepare people for success in the 21st century workforce, lift underserved populations, and connect corporations to new, highly skilled pools of talent.
Who We Serve
Closing the Gaps
A Bridge to Opportunities
T.D. Jakes Foundation exists to serve underserved communities and to create a place at society’s tables for the underrepresented. Our initiatives aim at dismantling systemic barriers to access and opportunity. Our programs advance equity through education, economic security, and intergenerational wealth-building.
Our compelling mandate: Closing the Opportunity Gap and the Wealth Gap for underserved, underrepresented, and under-championed people.
Why must we Close the Opportunity Gap?
For generations, people of color have lacked equal access to education, which provides a clear path toward upward mobility.
Why must we Close the Wealth Gap? People of color, especially Black Americans are disproportionately affected by the dramatic and persistent Racial Wealth Gap in the United States. Racial differences in household wealth are considered by the U.S. Treasury Department as some of the most visible and impactful manifestations of racial inequity in the U.S.
To address deep systemic inequities, T.D. Jakes Foundation is committed to delivering programs, services, and resources to those most affected by the Opportunity and Wealth Gaps. We are the bridge for underserved, underrepresented, and under-championed communities to access life-changing opportunities.
To create a world where everyone can live up to their full potential.
To connect underrepresented and underserved communities to life changing opportunities.
To work to dismantle barriers to opportunity and empower positive generational change.
Bridges to Opportunity
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the areas of our impact
Through the support of our partners and donors, the Foundation’s STEAM Academy provides transformational STEAM education to students throughout the Dallas area and beyond.
PATHWAY to Opportunity
Our PATHWAY to Opportunity programs target workforce readiness through training and skills
Our Impact Reports highlight the impact we have already made in our community this past year, from championing STEAM curriculum for underserved students to providing a “PATHWAY” to employment for those seeking a sustainable, long-term career, and much more.