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Our Mission

To instill in people - especially youth - the values of leadership, courage and integrity, as exemplified by the life of Jan Karski.

Our Generous Supporters

National Endowment For The Humanities
Polish History Museum
Consulate General of Poland in New York
Karski's Story

Karski's Story

In the midst of World War II, Jan Karski was dispatched by the Polish Underground to inform Western Allies about the reign of terror in German Nazi-occupied Poland and to seek intervention. Karski’s courageous mission, against all odds in the darkest of hours, qualifies him as Humanity's Hero.

The Karski Foundation

The Foundation

The Foundation grew out of the successful Jan Karski US Centennial Campaign, which placed Dr. Karski's name in nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2011. President Obama awarded the posthumous Medal on May 29, 2012 at a White House ceremony.

Spirit Award

Spirit Award

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation presents the Spirit of Jan Karski Award to individuals who through their actions have demonstrated the values represented by Jan Karski and have distinguished themselves by defending human rights, speaking out against aggression and on behalf of the integrity of ethnic and religious groups and sovereign nations.

Latest News & Events

“Larger-than-life Superhero” – Jan Karski Program at Beth Meyer Synagogue

“Larger-than-life Superhero” – Jan Karski Program at Beth Meyer Synagogue

January 18, 2019

Wanda Urbanska, former president of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, addressed an engaged audience at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC, to talk about Jan Karski and his courageous mission.

Amazon Smile Comes to the Foundation

Amazon Smile Comes to the Foundation

December 28, 2018

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation recently joined the Amazon Smile program, which allows shoppers to benefit the Foundation at no cost to themselves.

Intellectual Feast for the Betterment of Humanity

Intellectual Feast for the Betterment of Humanity

November 26, 2018

This year's recipients of the JKEF scholarship to participate in the Georgetown Leadership Seminar reflect on this life-changing experience.