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

Jazz Academy at Solebury School

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 was created, to give students from Creative Arts HS in Camden, NJ and Delaware Valley schools,  a shared purpose in music.

In early August these students meet as a group to improve their music and leadership skills.  They are taught by faculty from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Jamal Dickerson, a “Music in America” teacher and innovators in the non-profit field. Read more…

The Jonny Scholars

Jonathan was a student activist and a freshman at Oberlin College. The foundation awards two college scholarships a year 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…