The Jacobs Foundation was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family. We seek 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.

By 2020, we aim to have become the key organization linking excellent research with improving, globally, the development of children and young people under the age of 12. That means focussing our efforts on effective implementation, dialogue and advocacy. As a research-informed organization, we will base our funding decisions on solid evidence and will use comprehensive approaches to secure systemic change.

We are focussing on three big themes. Our first priority, “Science of Learning”, is to fund new research into how individual children can learn better.
Our second priority theme is “Early Childhood Education and Care”. This focusses on developing exemplary best practice in the northern hemisphere, in Switzerland and Germany, with the learning disseminated to other European countries.
Our third theme looks to the southern hemisphere where we will support improvements in “Rural Livelihoods” in Ivory Coast, whose benefits will be shared with other West African countries.