Magic Johnson Foundation


: Health


The Foundation, created by NBA basketball great Ervin “Magic” Johnson, focuses on winning the battle against HIV/AIDS. The Foundation targets its grants toward community-based HIV/AIDS programs that have a broad impact on underserved, urban neighborhoods. Funded activities may include outreach, education, prevention, health, and social services. Examples of funding programs include educational programs related to HIV/AIDS (workshops, seminars, focus groups) that will result in community benefits. Programs that provide educational facilities to children and youth in underserved areas and faith-based education and prevention programs addressing HIV/AIDS are of interest. The Foundation has also funded innovative approaches, which seek to enable underserved youth to overcome barriers to healthy and productive lives. Potential applicants must send a two- to three-page letter stating their organizational mission and background, a brief outline of the proposed program’s goals, and the amount requested. Programs must be located in Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, New York City, Washington, D.C., or northern or southern California. Organizations outside of the specified geographic areas are occasionally considered for funds. Additional information is available on the Web site.

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