The foundation was established to honor the memory and charitable deeds of Jonathan Krist. He was a talented musician, conscientious about his politics and helping the underserved. He died in a car accident in May 2006 at the age of 19.

What We Do

Music with a Mission Programs

Many people described Jonathan as a bridge, bringing together students, different generations and opposing ideas. As a student leader he worked on two causes; collecting band instruments for underserved schools and building wells in Africa.  In this spirit,  Jazz Academy at Solebury School, the Water Heroes concert and the Wood N’ Strings Chamber Players were created, to give students a shared purpose in music.

The James McBride Teaching Award

This unrestricted $1000 award recognizes excellent teachers serving under-resourced communities and inspires others to make the same commitment.

The Jonny Scholars

Jonathan was a student activist and a freshman at Oberlin College. The foundation awards college scholarships to students who exhibit creativity and originality in both thought and action.  Recipients exhibit the spirit of Jonathan, a bit of a contrarian, a bit of a dreamer, but always inspired by the possibilities. Read more…