Our Vision

A gathering place for philanthropy and nonprofits in the heart of downtown Jacksonville

Completed in 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Center houses 12 local nonprofits in one of Jacksonville's most iconic buildings — a remarkable Mid-Century Modern structure that was once the city's public library.

The Jessie Ball duPont Center was designed to achieve three goals:

  • Provide affordable office space for nonprofits, reducing tenants' occupancy costs and freeing up resources to support their missions;
  • Nurture collaboration among tenants in addressing community needs, providing a model for collaboration throughout the sector;
  • Raise the visibility of the nonprofit sector in Jacksonville's civic life and create a space where the public can learn about the sector's significance and impact.

In addition, development of the Jessie Ball duPont Center allowed its owner, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, to:

  • Make a major commitment to downtown Jacksonville that is in keeping with its broader commitment to revitalizing communities;
  • Demonstrate the benefits of restoring historic structures and using green building techniques;
  • Demonstrate a different approach to community investment by applying a fresh perspective on the use of institutional endowments.