Michael T. Jackson is a former resident of Belvedere, California, and the founder of SFG Asset Advisors. Now retired, Michael T. Jackson spends much of his time working with various charitable and community organizations. Over the years, the former Belvedere resident has partnered with many nonprofit organizations including The Fledgling Fund, which helps to fund and develop documentary films focused on social issues such as equal access to healthcare, education, and gender equality.
The Fledgling Fund seeks to address issues that affect vulnerable populations through a variety of programs and creative media projects. One of the foundation’s programs is the Fledgling Engagement Lab. The goal of the Lab is to provide support for documentary filmmakers who want to increase their audience engagement level and create larger social impact through their projects. Focused on working with a small number of film teams, the Lab supports each project and brings in experts to help filmmakers create better strategies for reaching and engaging their desired audience.
First launched in 2014, the Fledgling Engagement Lab was financially supported by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. It works with documentary film projects that are still in their early stages and are backed by committed and collaborative film teams. Each team participates in the Lab through a combination of online and in-person meetings and focused residencies.