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Robert H. Jackson Center Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 8
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Robert H. Jackson Center Inc.
Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York 14750

County (ARC Region) Chautauqua
State (ARC Region) New York


Q1. Mission:


The mission of the Robert H. Jackson Center is to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at Nuremberg.

The Robert H. Jackson Center invites and initiates scholarly work on Jackson’s legal, social and political contributions. Programs focus on exploring and challenging the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice through interactive exhibits and facilitated discussions. As such, the Center invites national and international officials and dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice and their relevance to Justice Jackson’s body of work; provides local educational opportunities for school children and college students; and hosts continuing education for attorneys, judges and public officials.


The Robert H. Jackson Center envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail.

The purposes of the Center are as set forth in its Certificate of Incorporation.  In furtherance of its purposes, the Center advances the legacy of Justice Robert H. Jackson through education, using a variety of methods including live presentations, exhibits, available media, research, and scholarship.  A primary objective is demonstration of the relevance and applicability of Justice Jackson’s ideas to present and future generations.  To that end, special emphasis will be made on educating youth on issues of justice and the rule of law.  These efforts will be based on Jackson’s views on international law, constitutional law, and human and civil rights.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Jackson Center is a cultural organization in Western NY and education is at the heart of everything we do. We are fortunate Justice Robert H. Jackson had a broad career and a deep commitment to public service at the local, national, and international level. We work with elementary, middle, and high schools to educate teachers and students on issues of justice, the Holocaust, immigration, environmental justice, civics, human rights, and Supreme Court. This has created a generation of students who are better informed about how the government works and how they have a role in shaping their communities. They are getting involved in local government, become teachers to pass on the information, and participating in society. This has created a generation of educators who are passionate about Justice Jackson and see in him tools to guide their students and help them dream big by showcasing someone who grew up where they did and achieved so much.

We also work with local university students and provide internship opportunities. Many of our interns have gone on to law school or become teachers and are continuing to work in our community. They take Justice Jackson’s signature belief in the value of every human and his deep commitment to justice and incorporate it everything they do.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/1 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/1 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $333,442/$398,765

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $528,796 / $511,507

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $333,442 / $398,765

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($40,415)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($51,604)
Received From: SBA PPP/Northwest   Date Received: 05/11/20
For What Purpose(s): COVID Relief

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

One of our significant revenue streams is the sponsorship of our in-person programs. Although we have made the switch to virtual programming, the sponsors either have not yet seen the value in underwriting a virtual experience or are experiencing their own financial stresses that have limited their ability to sponsor. Sponsorships typically are 25-33% of our revenue, so we are missing that support.

Similarly, COVID-19 has reduced the amount of foot-traffic to the Center. We are located in a beautiful historic building, just completed a construction project on a new entrance, and have a banquet room and small theater. We offer free tours and encourage donations. We also rent out many spaces in the Center and those rental opportunities were not available for several months this year and are still a rarity.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
How do I expand my donor base?
How do I encourage guests, sponsors, teachers and students to interact us with in a novel way?
How do I increase our technology/technical capabilities to help not only survive during this time, but thrive and hopefully grow?

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Whatever plans we had for this year, like most organizations, have been completely up-ended. The quick solution to figure out pivots was necessary at the time, but now I need a plan. I need to understand how do I direct my work and our organization to continue living our mission in a thoughtful way. I am a new president, just about 18 months in, and fundraising and financial planning are the areas in which I feel I need the most help because I’ve never really needed to develop the plans for that before. I am craving guidance and structure and tangible action plans that can move us forward. And that is everything that I see this program addressing.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Kristan McMahon, President

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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