As part of the NFL's Inspire Change social justice initiative, the league announced renewals of nine national grant partners that total $2.5 million.
Since 2017, the NFL has provided more than $160 million to 33 national grant partners and hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country. This includes more than 1,450 grants provided by the NFL Foundation to current NFL players and Legends for nonprofits of their choice.
The nine renewed grants were recently approved by the Social Justice Working Group, composed of 10 players and team owners. Over the last four years, grants have been awarded to nonprofit organizations that focus on the four Inspire Change pillars: education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform. The specific impact these nine grant partners have made in communities ranges from fighting to end cash bail and pre-trial detention, to addressing "three-strikes" laws, as well as financial empowerment services.
"Our grant partners are instrumental to the success of Inspire Change and the societal impact the NFL is striving to make across the country," said Anna Isaacson, NFL Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility. "These organizations are rooted in their communities, working hard to provide necessary resources that create real change. The NFL family is committed to their missions, proud of their successes and inspired by their efforts to open up access to opportunity and equality in the ongoing fight for social justice."
Inspire Change support has helped grant partners launch innovative programs, release insightful reports, host trainings and workshops, succeed in advancing legislative reforms, and expand their own teams. Over the past year, the NFL's partners have persevered to continue their tireless efforts.
"Players Coalition is committed to working with the NFL Player-Owner Social Justice Working Group, ensuring that Inspire Change grants are distributed to organizations who are committed to improving social and racial justice, with a focus on police and community relations, education, economic advancement, and criminal justice reform," said Kelvin Beachum, Players Coalition Task Force member, Social Justice Working Group member, and Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman.
In addition, the NFL launched an Inspire Change content series that highlights the league's social justice efforts. The Inspire Change Explainer Essay examines how the NFL and its players, clubs, and partners address social injustice across the country and the Where the Money Goes vignette breaks down how the social justice funds are allocated.
For more information on the NFL's Inspire Change social justice initiative, please visit the NFL Football Operations Inspire Change page.