The Jake Owen Foundation was established in 2010 as a registered 501 (C) 3 private nonprofit foundation through the vision and effort by Jake Owen initially to offer financial support on a national level to children battling cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee while also providing assistance to various youth organizations and charities in Owen’s hometown of Vero Beach, Florida and surrounding Indian River County.
Today, the Jake Owen Foundation is proud to be able to expand its mission of helping people in the places they call home, all while supporting the beneficiaries who have been a part of the Foundation since its inception. Our helping hands are able to reach out anywhere and everywhere to make a difference — raising funds through private donations, brand partnerships, and special events assisting child and youth programs, education, healthcare, fitness, nutrition, enrichment and crisis care. By supporting organizations and charitable partners everywhere, the Jake Owen Foundation is evolving into a national charity, with a local approach. To date the Jake Owen Foundation has raised more than $1.6 million dollars for charitable causes and for other nonprofit organizations.
Funding for the nonprofit Jake Owen Foundation and providing aid is generated primarily through monies raised from the annual Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert, Songwriters Showcase and Hale Groves / Jake Owen Celebrity Pro Am Golf Tournament held each December in Vero Beach. It does not stop there however. The ultimate goal of the Jake Owen Foundation is to grow its mission worldwide.
In 2017 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jake Owen received the prestigious “Arnie Award”- named for the iconic golfer Arnold Palmer - alongside Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning. Golf Digest gives the award to the most charitable golfers on the course, “Golfers who give back,” recognizing Owen for his many charitable contributions through the Jake Owen Foundation.
Jake Owen was also recently honored in name of the Jake Owen Foundation with a new state of the art synthetic turf youth baseball field and sports complex bearing his name in his hometown of Vero Beach providing “a fun and safe environment for kids in the area to play as well as character education programs and clinics for local youth.” The Jake Owen Field and complex was funded in partnership by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Kevin Harvick Foundation and donated in large due to their personal relationships and shared beliefs of community support through their respective foundations.
“The Jake Owen Foundation is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever been involved with. What matters is, the kind of person you are. Your character …. Your legacy. What have YOU done for others? Music in my life has been great to me but the one thing I will always be most proud of and look back on ….. and be able to share with my daughter ….. are things that compliment your character. Giving back has always been important to me in everything I do.” - Jake Owen
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation
Jordan Spieth Family Foundation
Brighter Days Foundation (Jason Day)
Andy Roddick Foundation
Kevin Harvick Foundation
Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
John Daly Foundation
The (Brandt) Snedeker Foundation
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at VanderbiltVero Beach / Indian River County Florida associated charities:
Boys and Girls Club of Indian River County
Hibiscus Children’s Center
Riverside Theatre, Inc.
Education Foundation of Indian River County, Inc.
Youth Guidance Donation Fund of Indian River County, Inc.
Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County
Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF)
Live Like Cole Foundation
Florida Institute of Technology / Scott Center for Autism Treatment
The Learning Alliance of Indian River County