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NBA Foundation announces major grant to Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and other community nonprofits.

NBA Foundation

NBA Foundation's fourth round of grants record $11 million to support 38 non-profit organizations.

– The NBA Foundation’s Largest Grant Round To Date Announced as Part of the League’s Season of Giving –


NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2021 – The NBA Foundation today announced 38 new grants totaling $11 million – the most-awarded grant round to-date – to help create employment opportunities, further career advancement and drive greater economic empowerment for Black youth.  The recipients were named as part of the NBA Foundation’s fourth grant round during the league’s Season of Giving (Nov. 22 – Dec. 25), a five-week celebration during the holiday season when the NBA family gives back by supporting and uplifting youth, families and organizations across the country.  Created in August 2020 with a 10-year, $300 million initial commitment by the 30 NBA team governors, the NBA Foundation is the league’s first-ever charitable foundation.


The grants will help enhance the impactful work of these national and local organizations in alignment with the NBA Foundation’s mission to provide skills training, mentorship, coaching and pipeline development for high school, college-aged, job-ready and mid-career individuals, focusing in team markets throughout the United States and Canada. 

“As we near the conclusion of the NBA Foundation’s first year of grant-making, we’re excited to announce our latest round of awards to 38 new, deserving non-profit organizations,” said Greg Taylor, NBA Foundation Executive Director.  “We are confident that our support will create short- and long-term advancement opportunities for these organizations and the communities that they serve.”


To-date, the NBA Foundation has awarded 78 grants, totaling $22 million to non-profit organizations.  Created by NBA teams, the Foundation works in partnership with all 30 franchises, their affiliated charitable organizations and the NBPA to support national and local organizations with a specific focus on team markets, utilizing the collective $30 million annual commitment from the NBA Board of Governors as well as additional funding sources.  To learn more about the NBA Foundation or apply for a grant, please visit or follow @NBAFoundation.


About the NBA Foundation

The NBA Foundation is the league’s first-ever charitable foundation dedicated to driving economic opportunity for Black youth. The Foundation invests in local and national organizations that promote school-to-career and workforce development opportunities. 

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