Headshot Photo of Jordan Yaffe
2017 Award Recipient


Project Dunks for Diabetes

Location Lutherville, MD

Issue Area Health | Philanthropy

Jordan had a close relationship with his neighbor Dr. Fred Brancati, an influential diabetes researcher. To honor Dr. Brancati’s lifelong commitment to finding a cure for diabetes, Jordan developed Dunks for Diabetes (D4D), an annual basketball tournament that raises funds nationwide for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Through this tournament, Jordan brings communities together, promotes awareness of diabetes, and raises funds for research. D4D has raised a total of $29,207 dollars and engaged more than 1,000 players and 100 volunteers over the last ten tournaments. Jordan plans to expand D4D nationally, offering multiple fundraising tournaments per year.

I am energized by finding a genuine sense of purpose and inspiring others to do the same.

Jordan Yaffe
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller