Established in 2008

Supporting Local Projects and Charities

“I created the JSF Fund because I wanted to create something that would make possible things that might not ordinarily happen if I didn’t do something.”

John MacLeod, Donor

The JSF Fund was established by John MacLeod in honour of his grandfather, John Simon Fraser MacLeod, who came to Halifax with his wife, Willina Murray MacKay, a few years prior to the Halifax Explosion.

The MacLeod home quickly became a popular stopping place for those traveling to the city from Pictou and Earltown areas. This warm maritime generosity was passed down through the MacLeod family. As a child, John learned firsthand the importance of giving back to his community through his parents, Dr. Ian and Marjorie MacLeod, who gave regularly to Symphony Nova Scotia and other local charities.

When John’s sister Sandra passed away, scholarship funds were established in her honour at Armbrae Academy and the University of King’s College and they continue to benefit local students each year. John regularly supports over a half dozen charities that focus on education, music, health, and the relief of hunger and poverty. He is especially interested in supporting projects which use new approaches to addressing old problems.