We thank God for the gift of James for 40 wonderful years. He brought our family deep joy, laughter, and loving memories for a lifetime.
We want to share our deepest appreciation for the worldwide outpouring of prayers, love, and solidarity in these difficult days. Jim’s spirit becomes stronger than ever for us through your embrace. The memories you have shared have awakened in us the realization, not only that he was a dedicated journalist and teacher, but that he embodied the very concept of humanitarianism. You have helped us to see Jim as a man who gave his life for others. We are truly in awe of the person he became.
Jim's life challenges us all to love and forgive one another, and to make this world a better place. His bold commitment to bearing witness to the suffering in conflict zones and his extraordinary ability to befriend others dares us to somehow find a way to keep his memory alive.
Many of you have asked us what you can do to help. Our urgent need is to help carry Jim’s indomitable spirit forward. We ask that, in lieu of flowers or food, you consider making a PayPal donation (see below). Our intention is to form a fund with your contributions in order to further Jim’s life legacy that embodies his incredible empathy, humanity, and courage. Please learn more here.
Let us remember Jim with gratitude and use our grief to bond us together in his memory. We must not allow his death to be in vain. Let’s harness his compassionate spirit to continue his concern for the suffering and disadvantaged in our midst.
With love and deep gratitude,
The Foley family
The Foley Family intends to form the James W. Foley Legacy Fund with your contributions in order to further Jim’s passionate pursuits, particularly in education and journalism. The Fund’s goal will be to bring Jim’s empathy, humanity, courage, and intelligence to these fields.
The Fund’s activities will include, among many other possibilities, the protection of journalists, providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, and the support of aspiring and current journalists in their quest to promote freedom and truth.
We hope to make the James W. Foley Legacy Fund a 501(c)(3) public charity, which could accept tax-free deductions and support the best in journalism.
You can start contributing to the fund by pressing on the PayPal button.
To honor his memory the friends and family of James Foley have established a scholarship fund through Marquette University, his alma mater.
The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a communications student who otherwise would be unable to attend Marquette. Additionally, Jim's friends and family will provide a mentoring-type program to help build upon the convictions that drove Jim - the importance of providing a voice for those people whose stories would otherwise go untold.
After Jim went mising on November 22nd 2012, the Foley family and friends decided to publicize his situation and launched a campaign calling for his release. The goal was twofold: to establish a channel through which anyone with information could come forward and to pressure any entity able to obtain his release to do so.
Over 8,000 people added their name to the family's appeal.