Jamie was always trying to find ways to help others.

This fund supports a variety of projects that Jamie cared about, in ways that remember his distinct style and colorful sense of humor. Music, gardens and food, history,  and art.

Keep checking our blog for updates!

Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

We are supporting children in the ninth ward so that they can attend music and photography classes, have access to instruments, have homework help, and have immediate access to food. "Located in the 9th ward, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (the “Center”) broadens opportunities for underserved children, youth and musicians. It provides a safe, positive environment where underserved children and youth develop musically, academically and socially. The Center also delivers strategic assistance and tools to Village musicians that can enhance their professional growth and offers opportunities for musicians throughout the city of New Orleans to perform and record. The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music deeply values its connection to the surrounding community and endeavors to be an ongoing source of information and cultural inspiration to residents of the Ninth Ward in particular, and to the broader New Orleans community as a whole." 

There will be a fundraiser with Harry Connick Jr. in Cambridge, MA on September 30th. Please email j9kan@comcast.net for more information. 

Here is their website. 

Jamie playing in White River Jct. 

Jamie playing in White River Jct. 


The Alvar Public Library is a branch of the New Orleans Public Library as well as home to Jamie's Garden. The Kanzler family has a close relationship with the community surrounding this library, and have been supporting its well-being since 2014 in Jamie's memory.

The fund has donated books, furniture, assistance finding tutors, and programming from the Audubon institute among others. Jamie valued literacy as a portal to other possibilities, being extremely well-read and intellectually curious. This garden, supported by the wonderful staff and children of the Alvar Public Library, will continue to grow and root itself in the community. We encourage you to visit the library and take a peak at the children's book corner in Jamie's name. 

The Children's Literacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. The foundation has an explicit focus on helping low-income, at-risk, rural children engage with reading in new and different ways.

The Jamie Kanzler fund sponsored the 2014-15 Year of the Book program with the foundation. These one-year partnerships with rural elementary schools work to develop a pro-book culture centered around reading and writing for pleasure. Over the course of the year, CLiF provides eight schools in New Hampshire and Vermont with $25,000 worth of supplies, support, and resources for the duration of the school year. 

We are pleased to say that this year, 2018, a number of Jamie's extended family have given strong support to the CLiF's Children of Prison Inmates program and general fund. 

The Jamie Kanzler fund is established through the Vermont Community Foundation, a public charity founded in 1986 to support the community in the most challenging times. Known as a Vermont leader in promoting philanthropy, the Vermont Community Foundation ensures that all money given in Jamie's name is managed effectively and used both wisely and generously. Jamie was a generous person, always ready to give with no expectation of return or reward. The fund works in honor of that giving spirit. 

In 2018 we donated funds to Outright Vermont, The Samara Fund, WISE, and the Children's Literacy Foundation.

The Vermont Foodbank

Based in the Upper Valley, the Jamie Kanzler Fund works hard to support its community's most vital human needs. In our partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, we hope to secure important resources for families struggling to get by. 

In 2014, the Jamie Kanzler fund sponsored the BackPack program with the Vermont Foodbank. This program distributes bags of kid-friendly, nonperishable, vitamin fortified food from all five food groups to children in need. To reduce any stigma, the packs of food are placed in the kids' backpacks when they're not in the classroom. Since the beginning of the program, kids' wellness has increased in amazing ways, and the Jamie Kanzler Fund is proud to be a part of that mission. 

In the future, the Jamie Kanzler Fund hopes to partner with the New Orleans Foodbank to donate a refrigerated food truck. Stay tuned for more updates! 

In 2018, we continue to support the Vermont Foodbank as much as possible and we also support Second Harvest in New Orleans, an anti-huger hunger network.