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The National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of sports, youth football and the communities in which we live.

The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.

Youth Football

Youth Football

The NFL Foundation is a strong supporter of youth football.

We are working with USA Football – the non-profit organization leading the development of the game – 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 across the country. Our grant programs provide funding for youth football programs and leagues to get the resources they need to play a safer game – on refurbished fields, with new helmets or pads, or certified coaches.

The NFL Foundation wants all children who play to play safely.

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Player Health & Safety

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.

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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 and The Cooper Institute, we support the NFL PLAY 60 campaign – to encourage kids to be active every day for 60 minutes. Initiatives such as the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge 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 areas that encourage kids to be physically active.

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To learn more about how each club is making a difference in its community - on and off the field - visit their sites by clicking on the logos below.

American Football Conference

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets
  • Denver Broncos
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Oakland Raiders
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Tennessee Titans

National Football Conference

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New York Giants
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins

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 Player Matching Youth Football Grant

NFL Player Matching Youth Football Grant

Recognizes the contributions of current and former NFL players who support youth and high school football programs.

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Youth Football Camp Grant

Youth Football Camp Grant

Through this program, grants are awarded to free, non-contact youth football clinics and camps organized by current and former NFL players and coaches.

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NFL Club Matching Youth Football Grant Program

NFL Club Matching Youth Football Grant Program

Provides NFL clubs with matching funds to support youth and high school football needs and opportunities in their respective markets.

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NFL Team Program Grant

NFL Team Program Grant

Grants are provided to each of the 32 NFL teams to support the implementation of the league’s national initiatives –A Crucial Catch, Salute to Service and PLAY 60– in team markets.

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NFL Player Foundation Grant

NFL Player Foundation Grant

Recognizes and supports the charitable work of current and former NFL players' non-profit organizations that either fund and implement programs; or function as grant-making foundations to other charitable organizations.

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Pro Bowl Community Grant

Pro Bowl Community Grant

Provides grants to Hawaiian non-profit organizations to celebrate the Pro Bowl game.

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NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant

NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant

Provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations and middle/high schools with assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of football fields in under-served areas of NFL markets.

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  • 368 Million


    Contributed by the NFL Foundation, NFL Charities and the NFL Youth Football Fund since 1973

  • 3.1 million


    Impacted by the NFL Charities Club Program Grants in 2011

  • 364

    NFL Players

    Former and current players awarded grants in 2011

  • 356


    Have been built for use by sports and community organizations since 1998

Who we are

Our History

Our History

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


    Charlotte Jones Anderson

    Dallas Cowboys

    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

    Michael Bidwill

    Arizona Cardinals


    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

  • Shahid Khan

    Shahid Khan

    Jacksonville Jaguars


    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

  • Mary Owen

    Mary Owen

    Buffalo Bills

    Executive Vice President Strategic Planning

    Mary Owen was promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning in January of 2011 having served as Vice President of Strategic Planning since May of 2006. Owen also oversees the Bills’ Community Relations department, serves as the Executive Director of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and is the President of the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation.Read more

  • Arthur J. Rooney II

    Arthur J. Rooney II

    Pittsburgh Steelers


    Arthur J. Rooney II was named president of the Pittsburgh Steelers in May 2003. Mr. Rooney devotes a substantial amount of his time to community activities.Read more

  • Leonard Wilf

    Leonard Wilf

    Minnesota Vikings


    Leonard Wilf joins cousins Zygi and Mark Wilf with the Vikings ownership group as Vice Chairman of the team for the 9th season in 2013. Wilf was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council in January 1997.Read more

  • Jason Taylor

    Jason Taylor

    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


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