The Josephine Foundation is an organization, founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2004, to honor and remember the vision of Josephine Koslosky. Josephine was 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 in the lower income areas of Brooklyn, she encouraged everyone to get involved with the arts and sports programs in their communities. She believed these programs gave people the tools to learn how to work together, and to achieve together. She trusted that people could help each other, raise funds to keep these programs alive, and still have a great time doing it, without it being a burden on one’s time or finances. 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 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, color, creed, nationality, gender, age or financial status. The Foundation will distribute the money raised by awarding grants and scholarships at its Annual Follow Your Dreams Gala. 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 for good causes, 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 applaud 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 performance.
In summary, The Josephine Foundation endeavors to become and remain synonymous with various good will activities, positive deeds and great events throughout the year.
As of June of 2019, The Josephine Foundation has been responsible for over four million dollars in grants, donations and/or services to deserving programs and individuals. The Internal Revenue Service and New York State has recognized The Josephine Foundation as an official 501(c) (3) Public Charity and Non profit Organization, effective August 10, 2004. In 2009, after a five-year review, the Foundation was granted permanent 501(c) (3) status.