Personal Journey preview: “The Self-Made Philanthropist”



Rick Jackson is a successful, politically prominent businessman in metro Atlanta, but his early life bears no resemblance to the one he lives today.

His father left before his first birthday. His mother was a sometimes abusive alcoholic. He ended up in foster care and spent time at the United Methodist Children’s Home.

He’s mentioned his past in his drive to reform the child welfare/foster care system, and at the September premiere of “90 Minutes in Heaven,” a faith-based film his nonprofit Giving Films produced, but hasn’t publicly delved fully into details.

He shares his story in this Sunday’s Personal Journey: “The Self-Made Philanthropist.”

AJC photo/Bob Andres

AJC photo/Bob Andres

Read the AJC’s past coverage of Jackson:

From rags to riches to the levers of power

Speed of foster care fix troubling for some