The Jacobs Foundation was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family.
The Foundation seeks to benefit future generations by providing children and young people with better opportunities for development, so that they can become productive and socially responsible members of society.
The Jacobs Foundation aims to become the key organisation linking excellent research with improving, globally, the development of children and young people under the age of 12. The focus is on effective implementation, dialogue and advocacy in the three thematic priorities “Science of Learning”, “Early Childhood Development”, and “Rural Livelihoods”. The Foundation has established a worldwide network of the most talented people in child and youth development, linking researchers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, practitioners, and politicians. Strategic partnerships with institutions from the private and public sector increase the effectiveness of the Foundation’s programmes.