In 1996, Dr. James Petty led a group that started the Urban Student Scholarship Appeal, which eventually became Children’s Jubilee Fund. In this interview with Executive Director Tim Geiger, Jim explains the reasons why this organization was formed.
The Board of Directors of Children’s Jubilee Fund (“Jubilee”) invites you to join us in celebrating God’s goodness to our ministry in the past year, as well as in this new year.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” I Chronicles 16:34. First, we want to give thanks for answered prayer. We are pleased to announce that Tim Geiger has accepted our offer to become Jubilee’s Executive Director and has commenced his new role as of January 13th. Tim brings a strong commitment to see the Lord work in the lives of Jubilee scholars, their families, and their schools. He has significant experience in developing and leading a multi-million-dollar Christian nonprofit organization. For the last 12 years Tim worked with Harvest USA; spending five years as the Pittsburgh Regional Office Director, then serving as Executive Director for the last seven years. During his time at Harvest, he played an integral role in growing and expanding the organization, while leading with a servant’s heart. Tim is extraordinarily hard-working with a steady focus on grounding his work in Christian principles and values. He has over a decade of successful experience in development and fundraising. Tim’s management skills, personal integrity, Christian testimony, as well as his broad experience in addressing organizational growth and expansion, position him to provide the leadership the Board sought to implement Jubilee’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
“[G]ive thanks in all circumstances . . .” I Thessalonians 5:16. God has also been faithful in making 2019 a year of financial growth for Jubilee and positioning us for continued growth in 2020. Your support for Jubilee this past year included an annual increase of more than 35% in giving to Jubilee, which has enabled us to provide more than 450 scholarships to children from Philadelphia, Camden, Chester, and Norristown for the current school year. This is due to the significant hard work and effort of our Interim Executive Director, Andrea Cohen. During her eight months in this crucial role she worked tirelessly to cut expenses, initiate operational improvements, and provide exceptional support to our schools and donors. The Board was saddened when she recently informed us of her decision to resign to pursue other opportunities and avenues of service. We sincerely appreciate all her passion and diligence for Jubilee, its mission, and the children it serves, in the various roles she held during her time with us. Thank you again, Andrea.
Last, we thank God for leading and growing Jubilee through the blessings and challenges we experienced in 2019. We thank God for each of you and the direct impact you have on our success. We also want to thank each of you for your ongoing prayers, support, and, of course, financial contributions. We look forward to working with all of our partners and friends during 2020 to continue to help provide quality Christian education to children who could not otherwise afford it.
Milton Vélez, Esquire
Children's Jubilee Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1997 to provide tuition grants to Christian schools in the Philadelphia metro area that serve lower-income students. These grants are then awarded by the schools as scholarships to students who meet income and residency guidelines. Each year, Jubilee provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants that, in turn, help hundreds of students in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, and Camden Counties achieve their God-given academic and personal potential. Children's Jubilee Fund is an entirely donor-supported organization.