Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD
President & CEO
Industry: (Non-profit) Medical Relief Distribution
It was in 1987 when Dr. Doug Jackson’s father visited a small clinic outside of Brazil that he was moved by the work of doctors without resources and deeply affected by patients without hope. Returning home to Denver, Jackson’s father knew he had to help.
Jackson’s parents began to collect medical supplies to send to Brazil. Thanks to the generosity of friends, they filled their garage with donations and paid to deliver those life-saving items to the people who needed them the most.
That was the beginning of Project C.U.R.E. Today, Doug Jackson leads the company as president and CEO and operates six distribution warehouses and 12 collection centers in key cities across the U.S. that collect and ship out donated medical equipment supplies.
“With the help of partners and volunteers, Project C.U.R.E. delivers more donated medical relief to under-resourced regions than any other organization in the world,” said Jackson.
Jackson and his extended team provide testament to the belief that a small group of dedicated individuals can change the world. He has leveraged a small experienced staff, strategic medical partners and the commitment of 25,000 volunteers annually in order to lead the organization. He administers an annual budget of $81 million to bolster medical infrastructure in 130 under-resourced countries.
Jackson’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. He was recognized by Prince Albert II of Monaco with the Innovative Philanthropy Prize of 2020 at the 10th Philanthropy Round Table in Monaco. Project C.U.R.E.is consistently recognized with the highest four star ranking from Charity Navigator and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.
There’s more work to do, though, said Jackson. “In five years, Project C.U.R.E. will have added two more strategically located U.S. distribution centers to its lineup, affording it a coast to coast presence,” he said. “The new centers will enable us to access additional medical donations which will lead to a 20-25% increase in deliveries of critical relief to resource-limited countries.”
Before his work at Project C.U.R.E., Jackson had previously served as the provost at Colorado Christian University; executive director of the Fermanian Business Center at Point Loma University in San Diego and had also taught university level finance, investing, leadership development, law and international development.
As a leader, Jackson said that it is crucial to first discover your purpose. “When that purpose is united with aspirational service to other people, passion grows,” said Jackson. “People follow a leader with passion.”
For leading with passion and making a tremendous worldwide difference in the underserved arena of medical care overseas, Jackson has earned a spot as a Titan of industry.
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer
Doug Jackson is considered the son of Chief Uzoma of Nkume, Nigeria after Project C.U.R.E.'s work delivering medical relief to Africa.