on & off the field
The NFL Foundation is the league’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.
The NFL Foundation is a strong supporter of youth football.
We are working with USA Football – the game's national governing body for youth and high school – to help the youngest football players learn proper football fundamentals, be active, have fun and most importantly – stay safe.
We support NFL clubs, players and coaches in their efforts to share the love they have for the game with children and athletes across the country. Our grant programs provide funding for youth and high school football programs and leagues to get the resources they need to play a safer game – on refurbished fields, with new helmets or pads, full-time athletic trainers on the sidelines and certified coaches.
The NFL Foundation takes a comprehensive approach to expanding the league's commitment to health and saftey beyond professional football.
Health & Safety
The NFL Foundation is committed to protecting the health and safety of youth athletes in all sports, especially football.
The health and safety of the youngest football players is a priority for parents, coaches across
the country and the NFL Foundation. That is why we are supporting Heads Up Football® – a
program developed by USA Football that puts safety where it belongs – front and center.
We believe that education is essential to improve the game, and keep youth
football players safe. For these reasons we support opportunities for youth
football coaches to receive proper education and industry-leading health
and safety resources that will help them protect their players on the field.
The NFL Foundation works with the League, its 32 Clubs and players to give back to the communities where our game is played.
Through our work with the American Heart Association, National Dairy Council and The Cooper Institute, we support the NFL PLAY 60 campaign – to encourage kids to be active for at least 60 minutesevery day. Initiatives such as the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM program are integral parts of PLAY 60, and promote physical activity and healthy environments for children in their schools and homes.
We want as many children as possible to PLAY 60 which is why the NFL Foundation provides grants to its 32 Clubs to support activities in their local markets and surrounding communites that encourage kids to be physically active.
The NFL Foundation initiatives and grant programs provide funding to support youth football, health and safety for athletes and community programs.
These programs include:
NFL PLAY 60 After-School Kickoff Grant Program
Super Bowl High School Honor Roll
NFL Player Matching Youth Football Grant
Youth Football Camp Grant
NFL Club Matching Grants Program
NFL Team Program Grant
NFL YET Grant Program
NFL Player Foundation Grant
NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant
May 3, 2016
April 28, 2016
March 15, 2016
January 20, 2016
Contributed by the NFL Foundation, NFL Charities and the NFL Youth Football Fund since 1973
For certified athletic trainers in underserved schools
Have been built for use by sports and community organizations since 1998
The NFL Foundation supported the philanthropic efforts of more than 500 current and former NFL players through its various grant programs in 2015
The National Football League has a long-standing tradition of giving back to the community. In 2012, the National Football League Foundation was established after the NFL’s philanthropic organizations were restructured. While the NFL Foundation is new, its commitment to philanthropy builds on the history of NFL Charities and the NFL Youth Football Fund.
In 1973, NFL Charities was created as a way for the League and the 32 member clubs to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes on a national scale. Since its inception, NFL Charities granted more than $148 million to more than 1,400 different organizations.
In 1998, the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) formed the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) — a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation which supports the game at the youth level, promotes positive youth development and ensures the health of football in future generations.
Through NFL Charities and the NFL Youth Football Fund, the NFL has given hundreds of millions of dollars to worthy causes and organizations. In 2012, the NFL decided to make changes to the structure of its philanthropic organizations. The NFL Youth Football Fund was merged with NFL Charities and then renamed NFL Foundation.The decision to restructure the NFL’s philanthropy efforts under one, non-profit entity, allows the charitable organization to be more efficient and make a greater impact.
While the NFL Foundation is new, it is built upon a history of charitable giving.
Who We Are
The NFL Foundation Board
Charlotte Jones Anderson
Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer+
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Anderson as the Chairman of the NFL Foundation where she is responsible for spearheading the NFL efforts in youth football participation, health and safety, and community outreach. She is the first woman to serve in this capacity for an NFL charitable institution and the first woman to represent club ownership as leader of a major professional sports league foundation. In addition to her duties as the Dallas Cowboys EVP and Chief Branding Officer, Anderson is currently serving a three year term as the first woman Chairman of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board.Read more
Michael Bidwill joined the Cardinals organization in 1996 as Vice President/General Counsel and today serves as team President. Strong community involvement is a hallmark of Bidwill’s tenure with the Cardinals, with a particular emphasis on the value of youth sports. In 2011, Bidwill led the team’s support of state legislation implementing stronger concussion guidelines and increasing awareness among Arizona high school athletes.Read more
On January 4, 2012, Shahid Khan became the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Khan is president and owner of Flex-N-Gate Corporation, the 14th-largest North American automotive supplier. Since early 2012, Shad and Ann Khan have focused their philanthropic giving in the Jacksonville community through the Jaguars Foundation.Read more
Arthur J. Rooney II
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Recipient+
Jason Taylor was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1997, and went on to became the greatest pass rusher in the franchise’s history, one of the most feared defenders in the NFL. Taylor’s huge heart moved him to give back through the Jason Taylor Foundation and in 2007 he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.Read more