“It’s not what we gather, but rather what we scatter that defines our life.”
- Jon Francis

Thank you for your support to the unique and vital work of the Jon Francis Foundation. You sustain our mission and our morale. We could not scatter without your presence and help.

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Wilderness Safety Education

Did you know...

That every day more and more people, many of them children, travel into the wilderness poorly informed and prepared? Many incidents of loss, injury and death could have been prevented had the person been better trained and better prepared.

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Our Mission

The Jon Francis Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness safety education,   empowering families who have suffered the loss of an adult loved one in the wilderness

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Our Mission

The Jon Francis Foundation is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness safety education, empowering families who have suffered the loss of an adult loved one in the wilderness and advocating for legal protection for missing adults.

“It’s not what we gather, but what we scatter that defines our life.”  Jon Francis

The Jon Francis Foundation (JFF) honors the brief 24-year life and memory of an amazing young man. Jon Francis loved and respected the wilderness. His death, while mountain climbing, was heartbreaking, devastating and avoidable. 


Why a Cairn?

A cairn is a manmade pile of stones, often in a conical form. They may mark the summit of a mountain or a memorial. Placed at regular intervals, they indicate a path across barren terrain or climbing routes. The Jon Francis Foundation (JFF), like a cairn, provides knowledge and acts as a guide to others who find themselves unwilling travelers on an unfamiliar path.

Grief Travelers: Learning to Live and Love Again after Loss Now Available

Grief Travlers Book

Grief Travelers shares David Francis's insights along with the wisdom of grief professionals and the stories of others who must walk through the Valley of Grief.

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Wildness Safety Information

Request our Free Outdoor Health and Safety Handbook or Watch Wilderness Safety Video

Prevention

Did you know…
That every day more and more people, many of them children, travel into the wilderness poorly prepared?  Many incidents of loss, injury and death could have been prevented had the person been better trained and better prepared. 

We are in the business of educating to save lives because there is an unmet public need and a national public health problem. There are no local, state or federal public education courses on backcountry safety and loss prevention. 

With the help of our community partners, JFF serves an at-risk population of backcountry enthusiasts (hikers, climbers, campers and hunters) who continue to go out into the wilderness inadequately informed and poorly prepared.