We are the Jonathon D Fischer Foundation…but you can call us JDFF.
JDFF was created out of Jonathon and Christine Fischer’s mutual philanthropic passion – focusing on inspiring and empowering people to make the world a better place by providing a hand up, through education, kindness, and generosity.
We believe that in addition to life’s necessities – Food, Shelter, & Clothing – Knowledge and Health are primary requirements to move from survival to revival. We endeavor to help by providing grants to like-minded organizations and primarily focusing on our five pillars: Education, Medical Needs, Water Projects, Animal Rights, and Human Trafficking Prevention and Recovery.
Jonathon and Christine have been involved in philanthropic endeavors for many years. Independently Christine had been involved locally at the Dream Center and supporting a variety of children’s programs and she had traveled as far as Costa Rica. Jonathon had built schools and wells in Africa, supported orphanages in India and built community centers in Canada.
In 2011 during a dinner in New York Jonathon asked Christine a question: What’s on your bucket list? The answer surprised him. Christine explained that she didn’t have a bucket list, she had a wish list: A wish that every child, in every country in the world had access to education & clean drinking water. They closed down the restaurant that night with the planning of a foundation. By afternoon of the next day, Jonathon had made several calls and their first trip to Haiti was organized.
Arriving in Haiti just weeks later, they saw first hand the devastation of the earthquake and the issues of not having access to basics. In particular they found a school that had been started with only 2 UN Tents and an overcrowded girls orphanage. Within the month they had funded their first project – a new school building for the kids in the village of Marialapa, as well as three new dorm buildings at the Dos Palais Girls’ Home.
Since that first trip to Haiti, Jonathon and Christine have continued expanding their project base to include additional villages in Haiti. With projects currently underway in North America and Haiti, they continue to seek out opportunities to provide a hand up to those in need.
Helping others has always been Christine’s mission. Before co-founding JDFF in 2012 she built a successful nutrition business. Christine became one of Hollywood’s go-to nutrition/culinary experts for an impressive vast array of celebrities.
Her advice has been featured on the numerous TV shows, magazines & publications – to name a few; Today Show, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray, The Doctors, Good Morning America and Oprah’s All Stars. She has contributed to Vogue, W, New Beauty, Women’s Health, US Weekly, Health, Fitness, In Style. In her private nutrition practice, located in Los Angeles, she has counseled more than a thousand clients one-on-one who have collectively lost more than 20,000 pounds.
Her passion for nutrition led her to write a number of books including two best selling books Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads (Rodale 2009) and Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food (Rodale 2013). She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Giuliana Rancic’s lifestyle website FabfitFun. Christine continues to counsel clients, and friends, on the transformative power of REAL food, but her primary focus these days is guiding the Jonathon D Fischer Foundation as it seeks to make its impact around the world. One project at a time, Christine is fulfilling her life’s mission.
Jonathon grew up outside of Toronto, Canada. After graduation he moved to Germany and completed an apprenticeship. Always eager to acquire new skills and keep up with the changes in technology, Jonathon continued with studies in CAD/CAM, metrology, manufacturing programs as well as a variety of communications, management and certified directors’ courses.
Early in his career he began his management training at Omnitech in Florida. Strategy and business development would become Jonathon’s strong suit. Putting his expertise to good use he joined Mold Masters, a small privately held Canadian company, in 1987. Over the next 23 years he would advance from Mid-Level Management to Executive Vice President, and eventually in 1998 to CEO. During his tenure with Mold Masters, Jonathon oversaw the expansion of the company into a global force – overseeing the opening of factories in Europe, North & South America and Asia. By 2007, the company had over 2,500 employees in more than 55 countries with over 1000 patents pending & received.
In late 2010, Jonathon retired from Mold Masters to pursue his life’s passion: philanthropy. In 2012 he co-founded the Jonathon D Fischer Foundation with his wife Christine Avanti-Fischer. Acting as chairman Jonathon is now realizing his lifelong dream of helping people around the world.