About Us

Message From the CEO

Through his leadership, skill and courage, Jackie Robinson broke barriers in sports, media and business, impacting our entire society and helping to set the stage for the modern civil rights movement. For more than 42 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has continued Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education, and is poised to expand his rich legacy by building the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City.

Founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, the Foundation has advanced higher education by providing generous, multi-year scholarship awards coupled with a comprehensive set of support services to highly motivated JRF Scholars and Extra Innings Fellows attending colleges and universities throughout the country.

All of us at JRF are highly motivated, in turn, to maintain the high standards set by our namesake as we work to level the playing field in education and promote the humanitarian values that defined Robinson’s life. From our board of directors and staff to our volunteer student advisory committees, alumni, and generous sponsors, we are fortunate to have a dedicated, first-rate team to help carry out our mission.

I invite you to explore the elements of our mission and the impact we have on the lives of tomorrow’s leaders and on the community-at-large. Hear from our Scholars and Fellows themselves; dig deeper into our unique program that The New York Times dubbed “one of the best educational efforts (of its kind);” learn more about Jackie and Rachel Robinson’s journey; and sign on to support the Jackie Robinson Museum.

Thank you for visiting.  We welcome your feedback.



Della Britton
President and CEO



JRF Regional Scholar Advisory Committees

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Legacy Campaign - For the Jackie Robinson Museum

The Jackie Robinson Museum will be a tribute to Robinson's legacy, a venue for dialogue on social issues, & a destination for educational programming.

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One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013-1917

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