In 2013, founders Jeff and Janet Wade created E.J. Wade Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) non-profit, as a merger of their three, previously established 501(c)(3) organizations. Each of the 3 pillars of philanthropy represent a deep, personal meaning for the Wade family.
Remicade is one of the most effective medications in the fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). With over 2 million Americans suffering from RA, our Foundation assists local patients by helping to bridge the financial gap between the costly infusions of Remicade and their insurance companies.
Niger is consistently one of the lowest-ranked countries in the United Nations Human Development Index. Our “High Five” for Niger program supports five critical areas listed below: Wells (water),Orphanages, Micro-Business Development, Education, and Nutrition (Famine Relief)
Disaster related events cost the U.S. more than $80 billion per year. In Virginia alone, more than $7 million was spent on the earthquake of 2011.
We help communities and businesses affected by natural disasters by providing bottled water and gas powered generators to people in need.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
In 1991, Mr. Wade was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a debilitating, painful disease that affects the joints throughout the entire body. After a decade of nearly ineffective treatments, an answer to prayer came in 2001 when Mr. Wade received his first Remicade transfusion. He said, "It gave me my life back!" With a deep sense of gratitude for this new treatment, Mr. and Mrs. Wade began the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation with hope that one day it would become a meaningful resource for other RA patients.
High 5 For Niger
After hearing about the compelling needs of the people of Niger, Africa, Mr. Wade and his family took the first of many trips to see firsthand how they could make a difference. They discovered many valuable projects that desperately needed better funding and resources in order to operate effectively. Inspired, Mr. and Mrs. Wade started a non-profit that utilizes the power of music to reach out and raise funding for these relief efforts. A project called High 5 for Niger was created to bring awareness to five specific issues threatening Nigerien lives on a daily basis.
E.J. Wade Foundation
With three separate nonprofits to manage and far more dreams to be achieved, the Wades quickly realized it was time to take a new approach. They brought together a team, experienced in nonprofit and production work, and began to consolidate all their nonprofit efforts into one parent 501(c)(3) called E.J. Wade Foundation. A monthly event called Concerts In The Park was also established locally to use music to begin bringing awareness to our efforts.
Early in 2014, the Foundation began partnerships with Hanover County Parks and Recreation and with SPARC (School of Performing Arts of the Richmond Community) in order to provide quality resources and events that make our local community a better place to live.