Basketball Star’s Foundation Does Good Work, Helps AIDS Outreach,

Long after NBA star Magic Johnson has given up driving through the paint to the basket, the foundation he created is still doing great work in inner city neighborhoods. Established in 1991 as a single-disease organization working to fund organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS education, the Magic Johnson Foundation has expanded to fund a range of community based projects for the poor and underserved.

The foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in inner cities for HIV/AIDS outreach and well as K-12 education, prevention, health and social services.

Deadline: Rolling (Letter of Inquiry).

Programs must be located in: Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, New York, Washington, DC, CA. On occasion, organizations located outside of the specified geographic areas might be eligible for funds, but that will be at the discretion of MJF.

The focus of the foundation’s Community Based Grants are programs dedicated to serving the underrepresented, low-income and/or inner-city area in which they reside. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $25,000. Funded programs must begin their operations within one year from the date of the award. Organizations located outside of the specified geographic areas may be eligible for funds. Potential applicants must send in a two-to-three page letter request stating their organizational mission and background, a brief outline of the proposed program’s goals, and the amount of their request. Ineligible entities and programs include individuals and/or families, tickets, advertising or sponsorship for other fundraising events, research grants, conferences, travel, videos, and capital acquisitions.

Contat: Magic Johnson Foundation, Attn: Grants Department, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 700 East Tower, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Phone: 310-246-4400.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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