Magic Johnson Foundation
The Foundation, the philanthropy representing former basketball great, Ervin “Magic” Johnson, began in 1991 as a single disease – HIV/AIDS – charity. Today, the Foundation, in addition to its work with HIV/AIDS, assists community-based organizations and developing programs, which serve the health needs of those residing in inner-city communities. The Foundation’s objectives are to allocate grants to, and partner with, nonprofits for the good of children and the future by raising funds and/or awareness through corporate, foundation, and individual support. The Foundation’s grantmaking priorities are HIV/AIDS, specifically community-based HIV/AIDS programs that have a broad impact on underserved, urban neighborhoods. Activities may include outreach, education, prevention, health, and social services. Projects could include, but are not limited to, educational programs relating 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. Also of interest are innovative approaches that enable underserved youth to overcome barriers to healthy and productive lives. The Foundation supports community-based organizations that serve the health needs of the residents in Northern and Southern California, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, and Washington, D.C. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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