We are deeply grateful for your support. Your generosity will help the Jon Francis Foundation (JFF) maintain financial stability, significant mission accomplishment, and national recognition.
As you know, our hard earned experience and strengths resulted in a consulting request from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. JFF worked with the new Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office (MMIR) to create a document containing processes and procedures for missing person searches.
From a 2020 report to the Minnesota State Legislature: “Although American Indian women and girls make up just 1% of the state’s population … 8% of all murdered women and girls in Minnesota were American Indian… And in any given month, from 2012 to 2020, 27 to 54 American Indian women and girls in Minnesota were missing.” It’s a state of Minnesota and also a United States Native American national crisis.
We completed our writing assignment and a field trial in Bemidji, Minnesota. JFF organized and led 170 community volunteers and tribal members in a missing person search for Navaeh Kingbird, a 15 year old native American girl. We provided valuable community training, but unfortunately, we did not bring Navaeh home.
Please know that your support made this mission possible. Thank you.
“It’s not what we gather, but rather what we scatter that defines our life.” – Jon Francis
The Jon Francis Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness safety education, and empowering families who have suffered the loss of an adult loved one in the wilderness.
Your gift is tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. The Jon Francis Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation and IRS 501(C) (3) charity. Our EIN is 20-8188863.
We are able to honor Jon’s life, ministry, and memory because you care and offer generous help. Thank you!