Our Story

In 2013, The Crown Foundation, Inc was an initiative dreamed up by the brothers of Exodus Lodge No. 593 Prince Hall Jurisdiction of Georgia in hopes of establishing a community center to empower youth.  However, as the process began, the focus shifted to becoming a mentoring program spearheaded by Mr. Hassan Hagood.  The program centers on mentoring at risk pre-adolescents as well as providing resources and life skills for their parents.  Mr. Hagood believes,  “It is the duty of adults who have attained some degree of success, to reach out to help young people, especially those who need us most–those who have been disenfranchised, to build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.”

In 2013, Mike Jackson, David Johnson and George Sandidge joined Mr. Hagood’s vision and Crown Foundation was formally organized and incorporated as a non-profit in February of 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and received its 501(c)3 Tax Exemption Status from the IRS later that same year.


The Crown Foundation, Inc. is established to support disadvantaged early adolescents by bridging access to resources and mentors in hopes of guiding them towards self-improvement, community pride and success in education by emphasizing the importance of morals, values, ethics, as well as social and economic responsibility.

Board of Directors

Hassan Hagood is a member of the board of directors.  He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Hagood is a seasoned businessman with 12 years experience as a marketing director responsible for engaging Fortune 500 organizations, federal government, state and local municipalities, agencies and higher education schools.  Mr. Hagood has over 13 years experience serving as a board member for various nonprofits including YouthVibes, Georgia Head Start Association, and Ballethnic Dance Company.  Additionally, Mr. Hagood has been an active member and has served in many officer positions for his children’s school PTA’s and extracurricular.  His duties are spelled out in our bylaws and include managing the day-to-day business of our organization, attending meetings of our board of directors, and voting on board decisions.


Michael Jackson is a member of the board of directors.  He is also the Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer.  He serves as an IT consultant and network analyst for a Fortune 500 technology firm and owns a marketing and branding company.  Mr. Jackson graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is an avid blogger.  As a director, his duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions.  His additional duties include the publication of the organization’s newsletter, maintenance of the www.wearthecrown.org website, and the preparation of various brochures, pamphlets, and booklets.


George Sandidge is a volunteer director who serves as our corporate secretary.  Mr. Sandidge graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morehouse College.  He is also working on his Master’s degree in Education and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.  Mr. Sandidge’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include day-to-day administrative functions, attending annual meetings and meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions and properly recording minutes. His additional duties include developing the organization’s programs, selecting activities that complement the programming, measuring the effectiveness of the programs, recruiting mentors and session leaders.


David Johnson is a volunteer director who serves as the organization’s treasurer.  His duties are spelled out in the bylaws and include financial record keeping, accounting, and reporting, attending meetings of our board of director and voting on board decision.