Educational Institutions

Martin Jahnsen Foundation


The Martin Jahnsen Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and was started to help those who can benefit from technology, but struggle to afford it. Our goal is to make an impact through the use of technology making a college degree or a better job attainable, someone’s day a little better, their life a little easier and their struggles a little less.

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Executive Director

John-Erik Jahnsen

Main Address

9690 S 300 W 3rd Floor



Supporting the environment, Supporting those with disabilities





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

The late Martin Jahnsen was was a software engineer by trade, but he was intrigued by all things tech. He also loved the environment. He once said that it is technology that will drive us to a greener and healthier world. HIs vision of the role of tech some 25 years ago is evident today as countries all over the world strive to make the world better. Technology has also opened up new worlds in learning and our day to day. Unfortunately there are some who could not afford this technology even if it could help them. Studies have shown that technology continues to be the vehicle to level the playing field between those who are struggling and those who are not. The goal of The Martin Jahnsen Foundation is help provide this technology making a college degree or a better job attainable, someone’s day a little better, their life a little easier and their struggles a little less.

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Support the environment

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The Martin Jahnsen Foundation aims to help make this world a little greener and a little healthier for the next generation who have to inherit it. This is a long term goal and will take the resources and support of many people, but The Martin Jahnsen Foundation is committed to helping as best it can to achieve this purpose. The Martin Jahnsen Foundation also wants to make sure that it is providing the tech needed to help organizations and families who could benefit most from it, but who may not be able to afford it.

The Martin Jahnsen Foundation continues to find ways to raise funds thought traditional and less traditional means in order to support the goals of the non-profit. This includes normal fundraising through individuals and corporate donors, but also utilizing social media and crowd funding. The Martin Jahnsen Foundation also looks to raise funds through the sale of products on its own website and in local markets. The Martin Jahnsen Foundation will continue to evaluate other avenues of revenue that help the nonprofit achieve its goals of supporting the environment and to support those who need it.

The Martin Jahnsen Foundation is a small nonprofit run 100% on the input of volunteer hours. While The Martin Jahnsen Foundation is small and has meager funds compared to other nonprofits what the nonprofit has is heart and a drive to make this world a better place now and into the future; for those who struggle today and those who will inherit the earth from us.

We know that we are making progress by the trees we plant, the books we sell and the smiles we help to create. While we are small we get great satisfaction from those little indicators knowing that even one life touched is a job very well done. We love the story The Star Thrower: Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

We have planted trees to help save the environment. We have invested in renewable and carbon neutral resources. We have raised funds to support schools and organizations that support disabled children. We have donated to worthy causes and we have found unconventional ways to help, but our biggest accomplishment is the smile we see on someone's face who is able to use technology to make their college degree or a better job more attainable, their day a little better, their life a little easier and their struggles a little less.

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