Jimmy’s Foundation is a registered charitable organisation whose mission is it to support disadvantaged youth on the Mornington Peninsula through its new purpose-built Youth Wellbeing Sanctuary, Jimmy’s. Brainchild of philanthropist Sarah Darling and the Jimmy’s Foundation board, Jimmy’s is run by YMCA Youth Services, an organisation which has been successfully supporting and caring for young people on the Mornington Peninsula for over ten years. The collaborative partnership is one based on a shared vision, values, trust and commitment to helping the youth population in the area.
Jimmy’s Foundation Limited is a Public Company limited by Guarantee and registered as a Public Benevolent Institution from 28 November 2017 (ABN 28 617 696 652). It is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient, pursuant to Item 1 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Jimmy’s Foundation was set up to honour the life of James Henry Crawford. A budding young architect, James died in April 2014 in tragic circumstances at the tender age of 33. Known as Jimmy by many of his close friends, and as Uncle Jimmy by his nephew and niece, it became the intention of his mother and his sister to find something of which James would approve, to carry his name.
His mother, Sarah Darling, had been Executive Director of another charitable foundation on the Mornington Peninsula for a period of ten years, called Foundation Five Nine (F59). F59 concentrated their efforts on bettering the lives of the young children suffering disadvantage on the southern Peninsula.
One of the groups F59 supported, and for whom Sarah also volunteered, was a program for teenagers run by the YMCA Youth Services. The program was impressive on many levels, however the “The Y” did not had a dedicated space within which to work, and this hampered their efforts to some degree. There was a strong desire for this youth community to be able to meet more often, as the young people cherished these opportunities to be amongst friends, to feel safe and supported, and to gain the much needed assistance to face their many challenges.
This led Sarah and her daughter to muse upon what could be achieved had a more permanent space been available to them. A purpose-built venue seemed the obvious choice, and so Jimmy’s Foundation was set up to make this happen.