The Josephine Foundation Mission Statement
The Josephine Foundation is an organization, founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2004, inspired by Josephine Koslosky, a woman who believed that by using arts and sports programs, young people and adults can be successful as they reach for their dreams, regardless of their background and financial status. She believed if people were given an opportunity to chase their dreams, anything was possible. While raising a family as a widowed mom, and while living in a low income family area of Brooklyn, she encouraged those in the community to get involved with the arts and sports programs. She believed these programs gave people the tools to learn how to work together, and to achieve their goals together. She believed people could help each other, raise funds to keep these programs alive, and still have a great time doing it, all without it being a burden to one’s time or finances. This Foundation will strive to keep her ideals alive.
Through our annual events and works, The Josephine Foundation raises money and distributes 100% of what is raised to help give individuals and approved programs an opportunity to achieve their goals in life. Through the disciplines of properly run music, arts, sports, and vocational construction training in trades such as carpentry and electrical, young people and adults can reach for their dreams regardless of race, color, creed, nationality, gender, age or financial status. Using our Vocational Training in Safety and Construction Initiative: We provide opportunities for those to learn safe practices and skills in design, carpentry, electrical, sound and lighting design and performance, costume design and creation, and more, while working on the building of theatrical sets, productions and stages, or by working at one of the Josephine Foundation Mission Sites.
Additionally, The Josephine Foundation distributes the money raised by awarding grants and scholarships at its Annual Gala. Also, our Special Performing Arts Projects target assistance to Senior Citizens and low income families in the communities. In addition, we use our Professional 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 simply aims to show people how to enjoy getting involved and working together for good causes, all without it burden on 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, grants and awards. While achieving our goals, we will focus on bringing all people in the community, both nationwide and worldwide, closer together. We will help provide opportunities for everyone to Follow Their Dreams.
In addition to monetary grants, the Foundation bestows awards to recognize outstanding service and performance. Our annual Recognition Awards and Chairman’s Honorees applaud the service of people and programs that excel in areas consistent within our mission statement. Our annual Josie Awards recognize excellence in the area of the Arts and Athletics.
In summary, The Josephine Foundation endeavors to become and remain synonymous with various good will activities, positive deeds and great events throughout the year. The Foundation has received many Citations and Proclamations from local, state and U.S. officials for its work throughout the years.
As of January 2020, The Josephine Foundation has been responsible for over four million dollars in grants, donations and/or services to deserving programs and individuals. The IRS and New York State recognized The Josephine Foundation as an official 501(c) (3) Public Charity Organization and Nonprofit Group, effective August 10, 2004. In 2009, after a five-year review, the Foundation was granted permanent 501(c) (3) status by the IRS.
To learn more about The Josephine Foundation, visit us on the web at www.thejosephinefoundation.org .