one8 Foundation

OVERVIEW: Formerly known as the Jacobson Family Foundation, the one8 Foundation is the charitable vehicle of Jonathon Jacobson and his wife, Joanna. The foundation's Boston philanthropy focuses on education, particularly charter schools, supporting at-risk youth and their families, and Jewish organizations.

FOCUS AREAS: Education, resilient families, Jewish life, Israel

IP TAKE: The one8 Foundation, which is both a foundation and a pro bono consulting firm, is all about strategic grantmaking and mini-grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the one8 Foundation is a foundation Massachusetts where Jonathon Jacobson's Highfields Capital Management LP, is headquartered. Highfields' investment funds have billions in assets under management invested worldwide. Foundation grantmaking interests are education, resilient families, Jewish life, and Israel.

The one8 Foundation is mostly focused on excellence in K-12 education, supporting families working through abuse and neglect, and supporting the Jewish community both in the United States and Israel. A portion of one8s annual grants support direct service to assist families in need in Massachusetts and to support the Jewish Community. one8 has a clear interest in improving outcomes for youth. Major grantees in this space include Year Up and City Year. The foundation has also been supportive of Boston education reform efforts, particularly toward charters. In higher education, modest sums have gone to the couple's alma mater Harvard, and millions have gone to Brandeis University. Recent Jewish grant sums have gone to the American Israel Education Foundation, the Birthright Israel Foundation, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Health is not as large of an interest, but the founder has given money to Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Foundation grants range from a few thousand dollars to well into the millions. Learn more about foundation giving by examining the funder’s tax records. Boston and its surrounding communities, where the couple is active in civic life, are the primary geographic interests.

The foundation’s website includes information about how to apply for dissemination and collaboration mini-grants, as well as the career academies study tour. This is where grantseekers will find application links to apply for grants online. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at


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