Founded in 1985, the Friends are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to assist in the preservation and interpretation of Jekyll Island, its natural and historic heritage. In its early years, members were heavily involved in "hands-on" work in the Historic District. In recent years, the emphasis has switched to support, primarily through funding of enhancement projects selected in conjunction with the JIA Museum. Funds for these projects are generated through membership dues, bequests and fundraising events. Current major fundraisers are an annual formal "Dinner at the Club" and a charity auction.
In addition to supporting Friends endeavors, members enjoy monthly programs, which include lectures and tours to nearby historic sites, periodic newsletters, free tram tours and discounts at the Museum Store. To join or renew your membership, mail your check plus name, Jekyll address and secondary address, phone, e-mail, and level of membership to FOHJI, PO Box 13031, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.