Jonathan Tarr Foundation provides scholarships to ensure no child is left behind.

With your support and assistance, JTF transforms overlooked, underserved graduating high school seniors by providing financial assistance, building self-esteem and confidence through mentorships, and providing tools to help them succeed in college and career programs.

Today, over thousands of children attend alternative high schools. These schools include: Continuation, Secondary, Independent, Magnet, and Charter. A gift of any proportion to JTF, opens the doors to a broader future, expands hopes, and inspires minds within students that thought high school was the last step for a future and had little hopes of expanding their experiences and education beyond what they had been given. These children are not broken yet come from homes that are hungry and poor, some of these children are homeless, and some children are parentless. A few of these children are mothers, a few are bully victims, a few are disabled, and all need a compassionate individual to care. Through JTF, we are able to provide these student the bridge to take the next step after graduating high school and move forward through a college career by providing them financial aid, a guiding mentor and classes on useful life tools.

Our vision is to support a student from every alternative high school in San Diego County, Imperial County and Orange County for 2-4 years of their college career.

You can give a gift in several ways:

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation which allows any donation to JTF to be tax deductible. Our FEIN #33-0951993.

All donations and donors will be recognized in our print publications, digital publications and social media networks unless specified to remain anonymous.

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Make a difference today

Donate now through credit card, transfer of funds through auto withdrawal or by mail. You may do a one-time payment or monthly payments.

Click Donate Online button below to contribute on a secure server.

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Click Donate by Mail below for our printable PDF form to fill out and mail in to us.

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A gift of time and energy makes memories that last a lifetime.

JTF welcomes all volunteers at any level of experience, passion and energy level. We can use assistance in the following arenas:

  • Office administration
  • Events
  • Mentors (training required)
  • Editing
  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising
  • Committees
  • Marketing

If you are interested in volunteering with JTF, Click here (doc.) or click here (.pdf) to complete JTF Volunteer application and mail to or fax to 1 (760) 944-9448.

Wish List

Every gift matters

Every gift matters no matter how large or small, as students and teachers tackle the school year, we like to provide them gifts that will prepare them for the year and help them succeed.

The list below are items that support and assist JTF in all its organizational needs to function and provide for our teachers and students on their journey to fulfill their dreams. Your support provides encouragement and assists JTF in its efforts.

  • Reams of white paper
  • #2 pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Whiteboard Markers & Erasers
  • 1-2 Inch Binders
  • College ruled notebooks
  • Legal Pads
  • Folders
  • Subject dividers
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Gift cards to Staples or Office Depot
  • Shredder
  • Printer
  • BW/Color Copier
  • Phone System
  • Portfolio folders
  • Resume paper

When these items are gifted they are considered as an in-kind donation and can be written off as a charitable tax deduction at fair market value. Please send or deliver all wish list items to:

Jonathan Tarr Foundation
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, #F-20
Encinitas, CA 92024

Planned Gift – JTF Legacy Society

It is a gift that can last beyond your lifetime

A planned gift can change many lives with just a stroke of a pen. A planned gift, also known as gift planning enables you as a donor to make a large gift either during your lifetime or after your death. A plan gift comes in many forms that allows you as a donor to provide for you and your loved one while simultaneously supporting your favorite charity. Any planned gift that you choose qualifies you to become a member of JTF Legacy Society.

  • Bequests Bequest
  • Beneficiary Designations
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Life Estate Reserved (Gift of Remainder)

Click on the gift type to learn more.

JTF’s Legacy Society’s goal is to build a $20 million dollar endowment that will allow JTF to support a child from at least 25 alternative high schools in San Diego County and select schools in Orange County for 2-4 years of their college career.

Any planned gift to JTF qualifies you to be a member of the JTF Legacy Society in which you will receive recognition on:

  • JTF Website as a Legacy member
  • JTF Newsletter
  • JTF Annual report
  • Broadcasted on our Social media circuits
  • Given a leaf plaque that will be placed on our legacy family tree
  • A Koa Legacy Tree will be planted in your honor (

Your gift also provides you:

  • Full tax advantages of a qualified nonprofit organization
  • Confidence your invested funds will last beyond your lifetime
  • And the greatest gift of all is changing a child or many children’s lives forever

To make a planned gift, seek your financial advisor and contact JTF Office at 760-230-2344.


A gift that shines

Sponsorships are a great way to show your support and get immediate recognition for it.

Sponsorships are available for all JTF events. Click on the event listing to see what opportunities are available to you.

Event Sponsorships

  • Educator’s Conference
  • Scholarship Award Assembly
  • Windows to the World Fundraiser
  • Student Educational Workshops

Sponsor a student

This is an opportunity for you to sponsor a student for their entire term in school. Click here to learn more.

Endowment Sponsorship

This Sponsorship is a lifetime scholarship (personally named by you) that would provide scholarships to students forever and leave a legacy to you, if you choose to. This scholarship ensures that a child is never left behind year after year and your gift will never stop giving, supporting and providing assistance to the children that need help achieving that next step.

The funds will be held in a special account and the percentage will feed the minds of children annually. Additional generated funds that are not utilized for the scholarship from the endowment interest, which can be from interest rate fluctuations, are kept in the account. The funds will be utilized for future scholarships, management fees and operational costs. Rates based off of a 3% interest rate. Learn more by clicking here.

All sponsorships receive benefits for their contributions. For more information or to apply for a sponsorship, contact the JTF office at 760-230-2344.

Corporate Programs

A corporate gift is a fun and meaningful act of giving back

JTF will work with your company to establish a social responsibility program that will fit your corporate life style. Common programs that we support:

  • Donate time
  • Match a gift
  • Sponsor a student (see details above)

Contact the JTF Office at 760-230-2344 to develop or initiate a corporate program that best fits your agenda.


Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Affiliate

Help restore the Koa forests with the planting of a tree, and JTF gets 1/3 of the proceeds!

SurfivalKit & SUPvivalKit

Help spread the stoke of surfing and SUP with these great products. JTF gets 10% of each sale from this special link.

Mahalo nui loa and thank you to the corporations, foundations, companies, groups and many individuals who have supported the Jonathan Tarr Foundation over the years.

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