About Us

Our founders

The Jordan Fund was founded by John & Kelly Olerud in 2003. The fund’s mission is to provide support to special needs children and their families. ​ 

Their daughter, Jordan, was born with a rare chromosome disorder in August 2000.

John & Kelly have experienced first hand what an enormous task it is to care for a child with special needs, and what a huge burden it can place on families.  John & Kelly are so grateful to the Lord for giving them a firm foundation of family, friends and the financial means to help care for Jordan. Due to that, the following verses became an inspiration for the formation of the fund:​

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

As a result, John & Kelly want to reach out to help families of children with special needs. They decided to act on this wish by creating the Jordan Fund.

What we do

Grant Making


We are a grant making organization providing assistance to individual families, as well as 501(c)(3) organizations.



We help families with respite, therapy, and equipment costs that are not covered by their insurance.



We fund 501(c)(3) organizations who assist children with substantial and permanent disabilities.

Past Grants


A neurodevelopmental center that provides comprehensive services for children with special needs.


An adaptive Riding and Hippotherapy center,  to help improve the bodies of special needs children.


A special needs child with cerebral palsy, right hemiplegia, seizure disorder, in order that she may attend a summer camp for special needs children.


A child with spina bifida, kyphosis & tethered cord, by assisting her dad with adapting their van for her independent mobility.


An organization that provides free musical instruction to children with disabilities in the New York city area.


An organization that improves the lives of children with physical or mental disabilities  by providing them with full access to a safe indoor/outdoor recreation space and offering inclusive programs that encourage their potential.


A group that serves children with disability in Peru by providing them with wheelchairs.


A child with mental retardation, by enabling his mother to send him to a summer camp for disabled children.


An organization that improves the quality of life of children with neuromuscular disorders by providing respite for the children's fathers.

Contact Us


Annual deadline for organizations is September 1st.


Phone (425) 829-1121

PO BOX 606, MEDINA, WA 98039



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Thank you for your interest in supporting children with special needs & their families.

The Jordan Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations may be tax-deductible as allowable by law.