Who We Are

The Burger King Foundation is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) public nonprofit that believes without education you limit your potential to be your own way. Inspired by Burger King Restaurants co-founder, Jim McLamore, it's our mission to create brighter futures by empowering individuals and feeding potential through education and emergency relief. As a global Foundation, the Burger King Foundation partners with select nonprofits focusing on scholarships, literacy, and creating sustainable learning environments.

Our story started back with our namesake Burger King Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore and his belief in the importance of a higher education for all. With the inspiration and intention to honor Jim, the Burger King Scholars program was created in 2000. The intention of the program was to advance the education of deserving students in North America and serve as a tribute to Jim, and it has been doing so for the last 17 years with the help of the McLamore Family, Burger King guests, franchisees, system vendors and supporters that believe in the mission of the program, and the Foundation.

To provide a helping hand in times of need, Burger King Corporation established the BK℠ Family Fund for its employees in 2004. As they both served to build brighter futures, the programs came together under the creation of what is now known as the Burger King Foundation—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—in 2005.

In 2011, the McLamore Family Foundation added a new category to the Burger King Scholars program to help make a greater impact. The James W. McLamore WHOPPER® Scholarship Award was created, allowing the Foundation to grant three $50,000 awards to deserving students each year.

Our first global partnership came to fruition when we joined efforts with Room to Read in 2012. The partnership has brought literary environments to children across Africa and Southeast Asia, impacting the lives of nearly 150,000 students to date, with more to come in the future. Following this, the Foundation focuses their impact in the Latin America and Caribbean region by bringing literacy and skills training to residents in disadvantaged areas, with our first center built in the Dominican Republic in 2016.

Our Board of Directors

Tom Curtis

President, Burger King North America, Burger King Foundation Co-Chairman

Dan Fitzpatrick

Chairman & CEO, Quality Dining, Inc., Burger King Foundation Co-Chairman

Matthew Banton

Vice President, Innovation, Category Management & Sustainability, Burger King

Katerina Glyptis

Vice President, Franchise Operations, Burger King

Eric Goldhersz

Vice President, Operations, Burger King

Yosef Hojchman

Chief Marketing Officer, Burger King

Chris Johnson

President, Rackson Restaurants Corp.

Rachel Levins

Partner, The Phoenix Organization

Tom McDonald

President, Glencoe Management 

Gary Moore

Solid Silver Services, LLC

Rafael Odorizzi

President, Burger King , APAC

Paulo Pena

President and Chief Executive Officer, Carrols Restaurants Group

Luke Pisors

Chief Executive Officer, Ambrosia QSR

Renato Rossi

President, Burger King, LAC

Thiago Santelmo

President, Burger King, EMEA

Richard Santowski

Kollhorst Foods LLC

Bianca Shen

Chief Business Development Officer, RBIberia

Robes St. Juste

CEO, St. Juste Management Corp.

Andrea Tejada

Director of Communications, Restaurant Service Inc.

Isabel Turull

CEO, Burger King Domincan Republic

Raj Varman

CEO, Burger King India

Our Management Team
and Officers

Tom Curtis

President

Katie Repici

Executive Director

Britni Garcia

Fundraising Development

Mercedes Garcia

Finance

Ana Gonzalez

Finance & Accounting

Frances Hassun-Franco

Events & Sponsorships

Brooke Kaplan

Fundraising Development

Maria Toscano

Programming and Global

Jackie Friesner

Board of Directors Officer, Treasurer

Robin Schafer

Board of Directors Officer, Secretary

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