The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America


The John Quincy Adams Foundation (the “Foundation”) was established by an act of the 102nd General Court in Baltimore, Maryland, June 13, 1998. Its activities began in earnest in 2001. The Foundation functions under the umbrella of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, which is recognized as by the Internal Revenue Service a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its stated purpose was to create a permanent endowment that would enable the Order to fund worthwhile programs in fulfilment of the Order’s central mission to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the history of the Founders of this nation and of their Patriot Descendants.

Since that time, the Foundation has conducted annual fundraising campaigns and, through the generosity of its members and solid investment performance, has built an endowment enabling it to support the educational, patriotic, and historical purposes envisioned at its formation.

The Foundation is named for a key member of a select group who convened in New York in 1896 to establish the Order. John Quincy Adams was one of the leaders of that group and he served both as President of the Incorporators and as the Order’s first Secretary General. While not a direct descendant of his namesake, the sixth President of the United States, he was a worthy member of that illustrious family.

Awards Program

Since its inception, the Foundation has supported the recognition of outstanding young people in our nation’s military and naval academies through our Awards Programs that have been permanently endowed by the Foundation or which are funded out of current donations. To date, awards programs have been established as follows:

Lieutenant Geneneral John MacNair Wright Jr. AwardUnited States Military Academy, West Point
Admiral George Dewey AwardUnited States Naval Academy — Navy, Annapolis
Lieutenant Geneneral Herman Nickerson Jr. AwardUnited States Naval Academy — Marines, Annapolis
The Falcon Award for PhysicsUnited States Air Force Academy, Colorado
Captain Michael Augustine Healy AwardUnited States Coast Guard Academy, New London

Grants Program

Due to continued asset growth, the Foundation has been able to expand its scope through our Grants Program to support other worthwhile educational, historical, and patriotic projects that align with our mission. Recent projects funded include:

  • Independence Seaport Museum — Restoration of flags flown on the flagship, USS Olympia, by Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Battle of Manilla Bay and two-time Governor General of the Order.
  • Washington’s Crossing Park Association — Restoration of an historic mural depicting General Washington and his army crossing the Delaware on Christmas night in 1776.
  • Princeton Battlefield — Restoration of a memorial at Princeton Battlefield commemorating the common burial place of American and British soldiers who fell at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.


The Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of 11 Members of the Order, including a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and Investment Advisor. We ask you to make a donation today and participate in this vital effort to preserve and protect our heritage!

The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Order are fully deductible to the extent of the law.

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