The Josephine Foundation is an organization, founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2004, to honor and remember Josephine Koslosky, a woman who believed that by using arts and sports programs, young people and adults can reach for their dreams regardless of their background and financial status. She considered all people equal and if allowed to chase their dreams, anything was possible when given the opportunity. Josephine encouraged everyone to get involved with these programs in their communities. She trusted that people could help each other raise funds to keep these programs alive and still have a great time doing it, all without financial burden. Remembering Josephine’s work with the children of East New York, Brooklyn in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, this Foundation strives to keep her ideals alive.
Through our annual events and works, The Josephine Foundation raises money and distributes 100% of these funds to help give special individuals and approved programs an opportunity to achieve their goals in life. Through the disciplines of properly run music, arts and sports programs, young people and adults can reach for their dreams regardless of race, creed, nationality, gender, age or financial status. The Foundation will distribute the money raised by awarding grants at its Annual Gala each Spring. In addition, we will use special performing arts projects to raise funds and support 501(c)(3) charities providing support for medical, quality of life and disaster relief throughout the world.
The Josephine Foundation aims to show people how to enjoy getting involved and working together, without it burdening anyone’s time or finances. Our goal is to grow by raising and distributing 10% more than the previous year. We will raise these funds through private donations, fundraisers, concerts, shows, events, public grants and awards. While achieving our goal, we will focus on bringing all people and communities, nationwide and worldwide, closer together.
In addition to grants, the Foundation bestows non-monetary awards recognizing outstanding service and performance. Our annual Recognition Awards and Chairman’s Honorees applauds the service of people and programs that excel in areas consistent within our mission statement. The annual Josie Awards recognize excellence in the area of arts and sports.
In sum, The Josephine Foundation endeavors to become and remain synonymous with various good will activities, positive deeds and great events throughout the year.
As of January 2012, in its short time in existence, The Josephine Foundation has been responsible for more than one million dollars in grants, donations and/or services to deserving programs and individuals. The IRS and New York State have recognized The Josephine Foundation as an official 501(c)(3) Public Charity Organization and Non profit Group, effective August 10, 2004. In 2009, after a five-year review, the Foundation was granted permanent 501(c) (3) status by the IRS.