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OneJax Statement: OneJax to Resume Its 501(c)3 Nonprofit Status


OneJax to Resume Its 501(c)3 Nonprofit Status

(Jacksonville, Fla) — The OneJax Institute board has voted unanimously to dissolve its affiliation with the University of North Florida. The OneJax Institute and UNF have begun the process of terminating the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that joined the two organizations in 2012. The organization is re-activating its independent 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

“OneJax is proud to have been a part of the UNF community and appreciates the mutually beneficial relationship we have enjoyed with the University these past 11 years,” said Kyle Reese, OneJax Executive Director. “The current political climate in our state is impacting every state university, and we do not want the core mission and vision of our 53-year-old organization to be restrained or restricted,” Reese said.

Reese also made a point of reiterating that since first becoming affiliated and as part of the terms of the MOU, OneJax has been responsible for raising its own operating funds. These funds make it possible for the organization to offer programs and services to help Jacksonville become a diverse and inclusive community — one where everyone has equal opportunity. “We are in a good financial position and expect to continue raising the operating funds necessary for us to continue our plans for growth and expansion,” said Reese.

Referring to the board’s decision, UNF President Moez Limayem stated that it’s been his experience that affiliations and collaborations like the one between UNF and OneJax change and shift over time. “This is not an unusual occurrence,” Limayem said. “We part as friends, and I wish OneJax well as it continues to pursue its work in the greater Jacksonville community.”

OneJax and the University will be working together to develop a transition plan. Information will be shared when available.

About OneJax, Inc.

Mission: OneJax is an interfaith organization dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all people.

Vision: Jacksonville is an inclusive community where human differences are welcomed, sought out and understood.

OneJax is an interfaith organization that promotes respect and understanding among people of different religions, races, cultures, orientations and identities. For 53 years, through education, community building and advocacy, OneJax has worked to make Northeast Florida a better place for everyone by celebrating differences and identifying all we have in common. We believe Jacksonville can become an inclusive community, especially when we can be Different Together. More information at


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