JDVSF was founded in 2005 in memory of John David Vincent Salvador. Salvador was born in New York City in 1968 to Filipino immigrants. John was an adventurous and happy child who loved the outdoors. He was also a good student who worked various jobs during his school days. He was killed tragically at the age of 14 on February 20, 1993 by a drunk driver. The foundation was founded in his honor, by his sister Lizelle, in order to help children reach the potential that John never reached.
The foundation is supported by various donors including multiple donors that have contributed every year since its conception in 2005. The majority of funding comes from the United States but the foundation also has significant contributors in Europe and Asia.