For children, for justice, for freedom
In early 2010 a group of individuals began meeting in Austin to consider how to carry on Barbara Jordan's legacy. The diverse group was led by William B. Hilgers, Austin attorney and executor of her estate. At first it consisted of several friends and others simply inspired by her life of exemplary public service. In the months that followed, others joined the group including public servants, lawyers, doctors, educators, and business executives.
A Foundation to Fight Injustice
The group decided by consensus to form a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation that would continue Ms. Jordan's fight against injustice. The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation will not fund academic research nor operate specific programs but rather bring together experts to work on campaigns aimed at overcoming injustice and achieving national unity.
A Vehicle for Organizing
The Barbara Jordan 2010 Charitable Trust was formed June 30, 2010, under the auspices of the nonprofit Austin Community Foundation as a legal and financial vehicle for creating the new foundation and planning initial programs. The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation will have the same organizational structure as the Trust, with additions to be made as the organization grows.