Jon Bon Jovi’s Passion Project Is an Impactful Charity That Betters Lives

Jon Bon Jovi is one of the world’s most iconic musicians, the driving force behind songs like “Livin’ On a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.” After forming the band Bon Jovi in the early eighties, he has continued to write music and tour with his band in the decades since.

To this day, he continues to fill stadiums worldwide. Bon Jovi is notoriously humble and kind behind the scenes, and he spends a great deal of time and money on various charitable causes — including his own charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. 

Who is Jon Bon Jovi?

Jon Bon Jovi in NYC
Jon Bon Jovi | Michael Stewart/FilmMagic

Born in 1962 and given the name of John Francis Bongiovi Jr., Bon Jovi was raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was interested in music from a very early age. By the time he was thirteen, he was writing and performing songs with a band called Raze. Over the next few years, throughout the late seventies and early ’80s, Bon Jovi performed in a variety of different bands.

It wasn’t until 1983 that he founded the rock band that would become known the world over. That year, Bon Jovi — along with his friends Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Alec John Such, and Tico Torres — founded the group known as Bon Jovi.

The group became popular very quickly, releasing songs such as “Runaway” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.” By the mid-’80s, Bon Jovi had conquered the music industry. To this day, the band continues to tour and record together, making them one of the most successful groups in the history of rock and roll. 

Jon Bon Jovi launched the Soul Foundation in 2006

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In addition to his work in Bon Jovi, the star has established an impressive solo career. He has contributed to several film soundtracks over the years and has worked with many of the world’s top artists, including Elton John and Little Richard.

Bon Jovi has also worked as an actor, appearing in movies such as Pay It Forward, Cry Wolf, New Year’s Eve, and TV shows like Sex and the City

Bon Jovi might have made it big, but he’s never forgotten where he comes from, and he regularly gives back to a variety of charitable organizations. In 2006, he even founded his own charity, one that he and his wife work with relentlessly to this day. 

What did Jon Bon Jovi’s wife recently say about the Soul Foundation?

In 2006, Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, founded the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The Foundation focuses on breaking “the cycle of poverty, hunger and homelessness through developing partnerships, creating programs and providing grant funding to community benefit organizations.”

The organization, which is based in Bon Jovi’s home state of New Jersey, has thrived over the years, with the rocker and his wife lending their time, money, and support to ensuring that people everywhere get the help that they need.

Recently, Bon Jovi and his wife sat down with People, dishing about their marriage as well as the Soul Foundation. “It’s a partnership,” Dorothea Bongiovi stated, speaking about their marriage as well as their foundation. “When we see injustice or people suffering, you want to help. We’re very blessed, and we have the ability to do that.”

Bon Jovi added: ″I’m happiest,” he says, ″if I like what I do for a living, I’m doing right by my family and I’m making the world just a little bit better.”

It seems likely that the two will continue to do what they love over the next few years, whether it’s making waves in the music industry or helping those in need.