The Dee Jackson Foundation was founded in 2015 by Taj, Taryll, and TJ who inherited their talent from their father Tito, but it was their mother Dee Dee who instilled the discipline to hone their craft. She was their best friend and their hero, a role model who tirelessly donated her time and resources to a number of charitable causes. Tragically, Dee Dee was murdered when the brothers were still in their teenage and young adult years. Their mother’s death was shattering but with the help of family and friends, the brothers received the support and care they needed to endure this life-changing loss. From this experience, they realized the importance of helping a child cope with loss and grief, and are inspired to help other children in need. To honor their mother’s giving spirit, Taj, Taryll and TJ have created the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation to help children who are grieving a loss, whether the loss of health, a loved one, a home, or safety/stability in their lives. Through they’re online and personal communities, philanthropic partners, schools, churches, grass roots organizations and social media nominations, they work to identify THREE underfunded, lesser known, underdog youth programs, activists, and organizations annually to generate broader awareness, bolster fundraising, and mobilize volunteers to help transform lives. Visit DDJF.org for more information, to donate or find out how you can help.
“For me, anytime I’m in the spotlight of anything, I want to use it for the positive. So I was really proud of the charity aspect of it and launching the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation with my brothers. That was one of the highlights of the show for me. I grew up watching my uncles, dad, and aunts do charitable things and be very charitable, and my mom as well. It was very important to use the platform to show people that you can be positive in this world and do good things.”
Taj Jackson in Jackson Magazine, 2015 edition
The weekly Power Of Love Show on LA Talk Radio (since 2016) presented by the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation provides hope, resources and a community so no one feels alone in their grief. Through the show that is hosted by TJ Jackson, Taryll Jackson and Taj Jackson, the brothers strive to build a community where they share inspiring stories, interview experts, learn, grow and empower one another to find healing. The DDJF's Power Of Love Show is also available on Apple Podcasts.
Also the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation started to turn grief into action when 3T and volunteers took a hands-on approach to develop music therapy programs for vulnerable young people. In the first class of the Music Heals Therapy program, children, program staff with a music therapist work collaboratively to compose and record original songs as a tool to help cope with grief and loss, in over 6 weeks. In the Summer of 2016, the Music Heals Therapy program continued with a class for teens in the community of Watts/Willowbrook where kids work on their personal songs of loss and grief into hope and inspiration. DDJF’s Music Heals Music Therapy programs are offered at no charge and are 100% funded by contributions. Community awareness and support help children heal from loss and excel in life. Help a child suffering from loss and grief today by donating at www.ddjf.org to help make a difference in a child’s life.
A team of 3T fans organized a fundraising drive for Dee Dee Jackson Foundation and collected an amount of 800,00 US dollars in donations from about thirty fans. The cheque was presented to Taj, Taryll and TJ on September 17th, 2016 in Amsterdam.
In 2016, Dee Dee Jackson Jackson Foundation started to host the Annual Costume For A Cause Event to raise money and awareness for the foundation's cause.