Jon helps guide the direction of his Family Foundation and has strong ties with the local chapter of The ALS Association. He is also an active member of the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia, the King of Prussia Youth Sports Foundation, Pennsylvania SPCA, and the Greg Olsen Foundation. Through his family foundation, Jon has established an annual Powell Family Scholarship for students enrolled at the Atlantic Cape Community College. A passionate skier, Jon also contributes to the Crested Butte Snow Sports Foundation focused on building futures for youth through snow sports. His current philanthropic missions also include benefits to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), The Aspen Institute, Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation, Independent Mission Schools, and JBJ Soul Foundation for Habitat for Humanity.
Jon is more than an enthusiastic athlete; he is an avid skier and has successfully completed the Furnace Creek 508, multiple Ironman competitions and the Ultraman World Championship. In 2006, he persevered through a 6.2 mile swim, a 261.4 mile bike ride with total vertical climbs of 4,000 feet, and a 52.4 mile run to best the Ultraman course laid out on the beaches, back roads, and ocean waters of Hawaii. His 2008 Furnace Creek race also known as “the toughest 48 hours in sport” is a 508 mile bicycle race. The unusual endurance event boasts an elevation gain of 35,000 feet, crosses ten mountain passes and stretches from Santa Clarita, across the Majave Desert, through Death Valley to Twenty Nine Palms. Jon rode Furnace Creek for the benefit of the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, making the event a difficult but gratifying experience. Through years of competitions, travel, and philanthropy, Jon has also honed his photography skills and hosts his own website.