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Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund

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Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Our mission is to raise money for organizations and projects that assist people with disabilities.

Results: In 2012 we were able to donate $3,000.00 each to Courage Center, We Can Ride, and Canine Companions for Independence. We were also able to begin funding the Wayzata High School/ Zakkary Johnson Scholarship Fund.

Target demographics: people with disabilities

Geographic areas served: Plymouth, MN

Programs: scholarships for people with disabilities and monetary support to organizations that help people with disabilities. We have donated to Courage Center, We Can Ride, and Canine Companions for Independence. We have a scholarship program at Wayzata High School designed to help a graduate who wants to go on to work with children with disabilities, OR for a graduate who has disabiliteis and wants to go on to higher education. This year (2013), we donated to Courage Center and PawPADs, and funded a scholarship for YoungLife Capernaum Camp and our Wayzata High School Scholarship fund. In 2014, our goal is to establish a universal design park so that all people can access and enjoy the outdoors!

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The focus and dedication of the Board and volunteers of the ZJMF in achieving it's goal is incredible! This year our organization, PawPADs, benefitted from the proceeds of the 2013 Golf Tournament. Watching how hard and earnestly they work in Zaks memory and how much they share of his legacy with the community would make Zak proud. It certainly does me! I'd urge anyone considering supporting ZJMF do so with a confident heart that your support will be well used and even a small part of the world a better place because of your support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once again, I am so happy that I have had the opportunity to be even a small part of the ZJMF and the great work that they do! I am very impressed with the amount of work, time, energy, love, caring and talents that the Board of the Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund put into everything that they do!! Just like Zakk was, they are an inspiration to us all!! The organizations that they raise funds for were some of Zakk's favorites, and so important for persons with disabilities!!! I applaud this group whole-heartedly!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ZJMF is a young nonprofit, as was Zakk when he left us. But both, in their young lives, made a huge impact in their own way! I've been impressed with the entire organization and good that has come from the ZJMF!! It honors Zakk's memory in a way that is very touching and heartfelt!! Zakk is smiling!!

Nothing can compare with Zakk's shining presence though and the love he gave to all those who knew and loved him!! He was an example we could all learn from!! I'm blessed to have known him and so glad that I've been able to volunteer for the ZJMF!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund is a wonderful tribute to an awesome young man who touched so many in his brief time on this earth. Seeing the love and commitment of his family continue on in heartfelt ways by contributing to such worthy causes is inspiring. Zak's life truly continues to impact others....I will be back next year!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund has raised funds to help several organizations that were important to Zakk. This is an organization that truly "pays it forward". I am privileged to be able to participate in this special golf tournament.

Trish MacTaggert. MA, LP

Gail P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Knowing Zakk Johnson during his brief life enriched mine. It is not surprising to me that his family continues to honor him by establishing this fund. The Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund is based on a very simple concept...paying it forward. All the organizations funded by this memorial are ones that Zakk utilized during his life. It has been a privilege for our family to be able to continue Zakk's legacy by providing assistance to others.

Amy_85

Donor

Rating: 5

The Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund is an organization that helps people with disabilities through an activity that Zak LOVED, golf. The golf tournament and silent auction is a great evening to honor and remember the life of Zak, a young man who left us far too soon. His pictures are there to remind everyone of his spirit and that is evident in the evening itself. The Memorial Fund donates funds to different organizations that Zak benefited from. The Memorial Fund is an excellent Nonprofit organization and I look forward to this years event and the opportunity to spend the night remembering Zak.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended the golf tournament and it was an awesome experience. This foundation is making great changes for people with disabilities.

MaryBelle24

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a member of the ZJMF Board; and, I'm grandmother to Zakkary Johnson, a child who changed my life. At birth, Zak's prognosis was grim. The medical pros said he would be little more than a vegetable. I had never really been around people with disabilities and truth be told, "they" made me nervous. Well, I fell in love with Zak within minutes of his birth --- to heck with disabilites. And, through his 15 years he, along with his family, taught me about potential, about joy, about love, about what is really important. Sadly, he left us all too soon -- at only 15 years of age. It was decided that his legacy would live on by helping others with disabilities be included, have some fun, achieve their potentials. Thus, the Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund. We are a young organization -- founded in 2012. We are dedicated and we care about our mission. Zakkary inspired us as well as all those who got to know him.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Zakkary Johnson Memorial fund is an organization that is filled with Compassion and Motivation to provide amazing opportunities for children with disabilities. Named after a very special child, Zakkary Johnson was a beacon of love, life, happiness, and the purest example of overcoming any obstacles with a smile. It is amazing to be able to witness his spirit live on through other children through this Memorial Fund. Simply an Amazing organization!

1 Jo Ann K.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps people with disabilities! I would recommend supporting it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Zakkary Johnson was a wonderful person and his spirit and giving go on with the ZJMF.
I was blessed to have Zak in my and my families life for many years and continue to remember the great example of loving and giving he set for all of us. His wonderful personality and happy attitude were and are a constant reminder of the good in our world.
The fund raising events, not only provide a means to remember the person, but raise money to assist other organizations that support people with disabilities.
The scholarships are also a way to support the educational needs of young people that want to better themselves in our society.
I believe the ZJMF is a great organization and there efforts are donated to organizations that have the same ethics and standards.
I, along with my family will support the ZJMF, as a volunteer, through donations, and as a supporter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a son with disabilities and Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund has provided funding to one of his favorite things to do, therapeutic horseback riding with We-Can-Ride, Inc. (WCR). WCR is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is serving children and adults living with physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities through challenging programs of therapeutic horseback riding. Horses allow people living with disabilities to travel with ease to places wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers cannot take them. Individuals with cognitive disabilities benefit from the discipline and concentration required to master riding on and relating to horses. This special bond and personal growth can help these individuals to think, dream, and perceive of themselves in new ways.

Non-profit organizations like WCR depend on funding help from the community, to help fund financial aid for those individual who cannot afford fees, helped extend the WCR progam to reach those who have never participated, and for equipment. The generous donation Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund to WC has personally affected me and I am forever grateful and appreciative of ZJMF’s hard work and their generous donation to another non-profit group. Thank you Zakkary!

1 Randy P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been touched by the Zak Johnson Memorial Fund personally and professionally. The impact I saw from their activities last year alone was astounding - providing support to so many organizations that enhance the lives of people with disabilities: "We Can Ride", "Courage Center," and "Canine Companions for Independence," to name a few. The professionalism, enthusiasm, and openness with which they conduct business is refreshing and reassuring. They are truly a "Great Non-Profit" and I look forward to their continued success!