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Social Justice Grantmaking

  • A Social Justice Working Group—comprised of 5 players from the Players Coalition and 5 owners—makes funding decisions on social justice grants in four key areas—education, economic advancement, police-community relations and criminal justice reform. Since 2017, the Working Group have approved more than $47.5 million in grants to more than 40 non-profit organizations. A list of current and previous grant partners is here.
  • Grants are issued twice a year—in the springtime for grant renewals of existing grant partners, and in the late fall/early winter for new grant partners.
  • Only non-profits are eligible to receive grants.
  • Interested non-profits should fill out the following form: Filling out this form is a mandatory first step.
  • Non-profits who fill out the form will be contacted if there is a potential fit for their program or idea.
  • Please note that not every submission will receive a response, and that by submitting information or materials, you and anyone acting on your behalf, agree that any such information or materials will not be considered confidential or proprietary.
  • Organizations with additional questions may email

Grantmaking decisions are made based on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

How many organizations are being funded in each of the above-mentioned four Inspire Change pillars.

Areas of focus within each pillar.

  • Education: Fostering Mentorship for Better Outcomes in Education and Beyond
  • Economic Advancement: Advancing Access to Financial Literacy and Career Pipelines
  • Police and Community Relations: Creating Changes in Policing through Law Enforcement-Community Collaboration and alternative crisis responders
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Providing Transition Support for the Formerly Incarcerated and Advocating for Key Reforms to the Criminal Legal System

Geography—National or local reach of each non-profit.

Number of individuals served.

Organization size.