Carron Brown on the Magic of J3 Foundation

By Giving List Staff   |   March 1, 2023
Carron Brown, J3 Foundation Advisory Board Member and Donor.

Carron Brown knows her power and lives her purpose. She is the Vice President of Branding, Strategy, and Operations at Warner Bros. Discovery, where her colleagues describe her as “radiating wisdom, optimism, and fearlessness.”

But beyond her corporate success, Carron is the kind of leader who shines when helping others shine. She feels the most fulfilled when helping others find their power and purpose. 

Carron feels a duty to give back, to make a difference. That’s what keeps her going. 

In 2019, one year before the pandemic, she joined J3 Foundation’s Advisory Board and their mission to combat childhood illiteracy. 

When Carron learned that two out of three kids who aren’t reading proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare as adults, she had nightmares for weeks. “That was so sickening. Once you know better, you have to hold yourself accountable and do better.”

One foot in front of the other, she often says when the going gets tough. 

Fortunately, J3 is making strides with its Cozy Reading Club, a free after-school reading program for underserved kids across southern Los Angeles. 90% of J3 students are minorities and from lower-income families.

“To fund the people that really want to get in there to do the work is my pleasure. So that’s my first engagement with J3 – as a donor.” Carron at J3 Foundation’s launch party in 2018.

As a proud LA native, black female, and mother, Carron says J3 Foundation sits “near and dear to my heart.”

When describing J3, she uses the word “magic.”

That’s what you feel when you step into a session and find these kids reading under string lights in cozy forts as jazz music floats in the air. When the whole class snaps in appreciation after the “shy kid” volunteers to stand up and read out loud, you hear it. When students’ reading scores suddenly jump an average of 36 points at the end of the 30-week program, you believe it.

Carron at J3’s Family Fun Festival Charity Auction at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu in 2019. With over 400 attendees, the event also had live author readings, cultural dances, and playful spaces created around the theme: “Building Bold Readers for Bright Futures.”

“The impact is so immediate,” Carron says. “They continuously impress me beyond belief with the short distance between donation to impact.”

She’ll also tell you that really, it’s not magic at all.

Behind it all is a highly efficient, well-oiled machine run by people fueled by the mission. From the books they curate to the extensive teacher training, every facet of the program they’ve created is intentional, strategic, and designed to have a “halo” effect on the community.

Cozy Reading Club time at Watts Learning Center Elementary School in Los Angeles. At the end of the program, J3 students receive six new books, a blanket, and flashlight to continue their reading journeys at home.

If you ask Carron, it’s the people at J3 that set them apart from other organizations.

“The integrity of the staff, the commitment to excellence, and the dedication—I’ve never seen anything like it. And I am honestly saying that—the staff they hire are so committed to the cause, so dedicated to their role and the role that they play on the broader team—I think this is a large part of their magic.” She laughs as if in disbelief. “And I’ve managed many teams, managed many people. It’s not that easy. It’s not that easy to get a group of people who are all working in concert for the vision and mission.”

Nicole Westheimer, Dylan Westheimer, and J3 co-founder Joe Blackstone rolling up their sleeves and preparing books for kids during the thick of the pandemic.

Carron recalls that during the pandemic, when schools were shutting down, J3 reacted swiftly with grit, resourcefulness, and fearlessness. 

Their kids needed them more than ever, so they called on their circles of volunteers and packed up boxes and bags filled with books and everything else their students needed to continue the program at home.

“It was the ultimate ‘if there’s a will, there’s a way.’ Unwavering commitment to the mission – no matter what,” says Carron. 

Now, post-pandemic, national reading scores are at an all-time low. There is a growing number of children falling behind, but J3 and Carron continue to fight. 

One foot in front of the other

They share the worry together, but also something else more powerful: an unshakable sense of optimism. It is ingrained in them, and it makes them unstoppable. 

They know that every child has potential to unlock. 

“I don’t want to say no child left behind, but –” she pauses. Maybe because it’s a difficult promise to make for a problem so daunting.

She takes a breath, then continues. 

“They’re really working toward that goal without the praise. They’re really changing the trajectory of a child’s life.”

If you were inspired by Carron’s story, then join us in being one of our top tier donors at $25K and enjoy the exclusive Platinum Level benefits that come with it. With your donation, you can help the kids of J3 Foundation find their power, purpose, and maybe even a little magic.


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Matching Funds — $1,500 Funds a Young Reader

One of the reasons J3 Foundation has been so effective is that it’s stayed laser focused on what it does best: teaching kids to read. The Cozy Reading Club anticipates serving 700+ students this year and J3 hopes to double that number by attracting more private donations. Creating a new reader who will grow up to be a positive contributor to society costs the organization just $1,500 annually.
“I think it’s the best $1,500 we as a society could ever invest,” says Joe Blackstone, J3 Foundation co-founder. “And that number will go down as we get more students.”
Glaser Weil will match every dollar raised, up to $10,000.


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I appreciate J3 for the organization’s commitment to doing everything possible when it comes to reading proficiency. It’s rewarding to see your dollars make an impact immediately. J3 Foundation is so well run that I don’t have to think twice about the actual support that’s being implemented. The rate they’re scaling is just amazing. J3 sees every child’s potential and never gives up on its mission.
– Carron Brown
J3 Advisory Board Member Vice President of Strategy,
Planning and Operations: Warner Bros. Discovery

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