Formerly based in Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson had a high-profile career in the corporate finance and hedge fund management sphere. Michael T. Jackson was actively involved in charitable activities spanning Belvedere and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on health care and social issues. Now a Florida resident, he has provided funding for the Fledgling Fund, which provides grants to worthy documentary filmmakers.
Having supported nearly three 350 projects over the past decade, the Fledgling Fund focuses funding on movies with the potential to positively impact society. Subjects range from the environment to social justice, with current grants supporting documentaries such as Daughters of the Forest, which follows the lives of students who attend the Mbaracayú Forest Girls’ School in Paraguay. Girls who attend the school are provided with a practical education that focuses on providing them with entrepreneurial skills to launch sustainable ventures.
Another recent Fledgling Fund grant-funded movie, Death by Design examines the hidden costs associated with consumer devices, both in terms of environmental degradation and in the lives of factory workers in countries such as China.