The Seeds They Planted
By George Halsey
How a unique community became a unique foundation
On the 50th anniversary of the MacJannet Foundation, the question persists: How did a modest school that never enrolled more than 60 students at any one time and a summer camp that never housed more than 80 campers spawn a foundation whose influence today extends around the globe?
The long-run answer is: values. From the 1920s onward, the original MacJannet School outside Paris and the MacJannet Camps in the French Alps instilled the values of Donald and Charlotte MacJannet in their young clients. And when those children grew up, they applied those values in directions that far exceeded the MacJannetsâ€™ original vision. But the immediate catalyst for what became the MacJannet Foundation was hunger. It was the MacJannetsâ€™ mutual concern for war-ravaged orphans that planted the first seeds of what subsequently evolved into the MacJannet Foundation.