Barbara and Donald Jonas, founders of the New York City-based Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, have announced a new strategic vision for the organization and the launch of Jonas Philanthropies.
Building on more than a decade of investments in nursing scholarship, leadership, and innovation, Jonas Philanthropies will expand the Jonas Center's scope beyond its core focus on nursing and veterans' health care to include funding for other scalable solutions aimed at meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. Going forward, he revamped organization's core focus areas will include the Columbia University-based Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare scholars program, which comprises more than a thousand doctoral nursing scholars who are committed to meeting urgent health needs and advancing the care of the most vulnerable populations through research, policy advocacy, and practice; the Jonas Low Vision and Blindness program, which has invested more than $6 million to promote cutting-edge research and high-quality care for children and at-risk populations; and the Jonas Children's Environmental Health program, which works to educate the medical community, parents, and families about the impact of toxic chemicals on children's health.
"With quality health care often out of reach for our nation's most vulnerable citizens, Barbara and I wanted to build upon what we began twelve years ago and expand our areas of impact," said Jonas Philanthropies president and co-founder Donald Jonas. "Jonas Philanthropies is an evolution of our work and personal passion, but it also reflects the broader needs of the healthcare industry, which will help ensure its impact and scalability for generations to come. We are incredibly excited to celebrate this next chapter."