Providing college scholarships to high school graduates in the Greater Toledo Area who had a parent diagnosed with cancer

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How JPF Got Started

Our story begins more than seven years ago with a daughter and a dream.  After losing her mother to Pancreatic Cancer in 2001,  Jen Brouwer wanted to honor her mother’s memory by helping families who, like her and her mother, felt many emotional and financial hardships while facing the cancer battle.

While caring for her mother. Jen learned first hand that money saved for college tuition can quickly deplete to help pay for costly cancer treatments and hospital stays. Once that money is gone, many times the dreams of attending college are lost as well.

Since she founded this organization in 2007, we have been able to give $140,000 in scholarships and help 50 students in the Toledo area!

Who is Janet Phleger?

Janet Phleger was a loving mother and friend who lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2001. She felt that knowledge was the key to success, and encouraged her daughter, founder and Executive Director Jen Brouwer, to never give up on her dreams of higher education, even when times became tough.


In 2007, Jen founded the Janet Phleger Foundation to give hope to those in need of financial support. Our mission is to help lighten the financial burden of higher education by providing scholarships to graduating seniors in Lucas County whose parent or guardian has battled cancer. Over the past 11 years, we have given more than $104,000 and helped 38 high school graduates in the Greater Toledo Area with their college tuition.

When You Support JPF You Are

When You Support JPF You Are

Giving hope to a local family who felt many emotional and financial hardships while facing the cancer battle

Making higher education possible for an exceptional student trying to further their career development

Supporting a local non-profit organization who helps students and families in the Lucas County community

Support JPF While You Shop

Support JPF While You Shop

Do you shop on Amazon or Kroger? Support the companies that support us! Amazon and Kroger have programs, Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards, that donate a percentage of your purchase to JPF with no money out of your pocket.

On your first visit to Amazon Smile (, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization from a list of eligible organizations.  Watch the video from our Executive Director, Jen Brouwer, that shows you how easy it is to join Kroger Community Rewards.

Help Us Make a Difference


If you or your business provides a service that can help us give back even more, let’s talk! We love to work with anyone that wants to help us make an impact.


We are looking for talented members of our community to join us on our Board, and we have various events where we can always use an extra hand.


Our foundation would not be possible without the continuous support our donors as well as our partnerships with local organizations in the community.


We’d love to hear from you!

PO Box 352072
Toledo, OH 43635

419. 410. 8240