Barbara and Donald Jonas, founders of The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, recently unveiled a new vision to support the country’s most vulnerable citizens through Jonas Philanthropies. Building on more than a decade of high-impact investments in nursing scholarship, leadership, and innovation, Jonas Philanthropies will begin expanding the organization’s scope to fund other scalable solutions aimed at the most vulnerable and neglected.

According to a press release from, “The organization’s new model will invest where it matters most – meeting needs of the country’s most vulnerable citizens with high-impact solutions to transform healthcare.”

The Jonases have always had a deep passion for the nursing industry and its integral role as the backbone of the American healthcare system. Their venture began over a decade ago when they decided to sell their impressive art collection to fund the basic human needs of healthcare through their first philanthropic organization, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

Their impact spans the country, funding more than 1,000 doctoral nursing scholars to help care for the most vulnerable populations and improve care for veterans. They have since expanded to help support low vision and blindness and children’s environmental health.

Donald Jonas, Co-founder and President of Jonas Philanthropies, says, “Jonas Philanthropies is an evolution of our work and personal passion, but it also reflects the broader needs of the healthcare industry, which will help ensure its impact and scalability for generations to come. We are incredibly excited to celebrate this next chapter.”

Their new name, Jonas Philanthropies, represents their expansion beyond nursing and veterans care. To learn more about Jonas Philanthropies and their impact on the field of nursing, visit here.

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