The National Football League (NFL) Foundation, previously known as NFL Charities, is a non-profit making charitable organization, established by the member clubs of the National Football League (NFL) in 1973. It enables the clubs to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes at the national level.
The NFL Foundation's main areas of funding/grants are:
- Sports-related medical research grants
- Funding for current and former NFL players' working in the local community
- Youth initiatives
- Funding the charitable work of the 32 NFL clubs
- Assistance with former NFL players who have come upon hard times
Grants amounting to $10 million each year are donated to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the American Heart Association. One of the youngest athletes to donate to the Boys and Girl Club is Jacquese Williams.